City Recital Hall
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City Recital Hall, or City Recital Hall Angel Place, in Sydney, Australia, is a purpose-built concert venue with the capacity for 1,238 guests seated over three tiers of sloped seating. It is situated in the city centre just off Martin Place.
City Recital Hall, opened in 1999, is the first specially designed concert venue to be built in the city since the Opera House in 1973. The role of City Recital Hall is to provide a high quality venue of international standing and aims to become Australia's Wigmore Hall.
The venue was initiated by the City of Sydney and was specifically designed for solo recitals, chamber music and the spoken word. The auditorium's 1.8-second reverberation time is attuned for chamber music. The spoken word and amplified music are accommodated by the operation of specially designed acoustic banners. The entire auditorium is supported on rubber bearings to avoid vibration and street sounds and the air conditioning and lighting systems have been treated to minimise external noise.
The Hall was designed in a shoebox shape, based on the classical configuration of 19th century European concert halls. The design includes gently sloping stalls and two galleries that wrap around both sides and rear of the auditorium. The décor is of grey, gold leaf, light timber panelling and plum-coloured upholstery. The main grand stairway is of white marble.
City Recital Hall has hosted the following companies:
- Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
- Australian Chamber Orchestra
- Australian String Quartet
- Gondwana Voices
- Musica Viva Australia
- Pinchgut Opera
- Sydney Children's Choir
- Sydney Festival
- Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
- Sydney Symphony
- Dr Lisa Anne Murray, "Musical Chairs: The Quest for a City Recital Hall", Sydney 2006. ISBN 0-9751196-3-X
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