THE CHARITY Commission has reiterated the need for the Attorney General to take action against 5,272-capacity Royal Albert Hall (RAH) trustees who sell tickets for privately-owned seats at large mark-ups.
Having raised concerns in October (see LIVE UK issue 213) the Commission has again pushed for the Government’s most senior law officer, Jeremy Wright, to bring the matter before a Charity Tribunal.
With the Last Night of the Proms looming, tickets for the event are being listed on controversial resale site Viagogo for £1,000 in the stalls and up to £2,500 in the grand tier. Face-value tickets are priced at £27-100.
A registered charity, RAH has 1,276 seats owned by what it calls members, with 19 of its 25 trustees also seat-holders, all of which receive tickets for the majority of events. Owners can return unwanted tickets to RAH for sale to the public, or offer them through resale sites or ticket brokers.
“You and I are effectively subsiding multi-millionaires who are trading Albert Hall seats as assets and making money from them,” says director of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School Paul Palmer, in a two page article on the issue in the Daily Mail newspaper.
Co-chair of the All Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse Sharon Hodgson MP tells the paper the situation at RAH is “shameful” and action was required.