Cadogan Hall

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Cadogan Hall
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General information
TypeConcert hall
AddressSloane Terrace, Chelsea, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England
CountryUnited Kingdom

Cadogan Hall /kəˈdʌɡən/ is a 950-seat capacity[1] concert hall in Sloane Terrace in Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England.

The resident music ensemble at Cadogan Hall is the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), the first London orchestra to have a permanent home. Cadogan Estates offered the RPO the use of the hall as its principal venue in late 2001.[2] The RPO gave its first concert as the resident ensemble of Cadogan Hall in November 2004.[3] Since 2005, Cadogan Hall has also served as the venue for The Proms' chamber music concerts during Monday lunchtimes[4][5] and Proms Saturday matinees; it is also one of the two main London venues of the Orpheus Sinfonia.[6]

Cadogan Hall has also been used as a recording venue. In February 2006, a recording of Mozart symphonies with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists was produced and made available immediately after the performances.[7][8] In 2009, art rock band Marillion recorded a concert there which was released on the album Live from Cadogan in 2011.


The hall is known for its stained glass windows by Arild Rosenkrantz

The building is a former Church of Christ, Scientist church, completed in 1907 to designs in the Byzantine Revival style by architect Robert Fellowes Chisholm, who also designed the Napier Museum in Kerala, India.[9] The stained glass is by the Danish sculptor and stained-glass artist Arild Rosenkrantz.[10] The building was listed Grade II on the National Heritage List for England in April 1969.[11]

The organ case by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd


The church had a three-manual pipe organ built by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd in 1907 and installed in 1911.[12] It was on a raised position on the platform. The organ was removed in 2004, and the pipes in 2006.[12] The original intention had been to install the organ in a church in the Midlands,[10] but instead, in 2009-10, it was installed in Christ the King Catholic Church in Gothenburg, Sweden.[12] Walker's organ case remains in place in the concert hall.[13]

Conversion to a concert hall[edit]

By 1996, the congregation had diminished dramatically and the building had fallen into disuse.[14] Mohamed Fayed, then owner of Harrods, had acquired the property, but was unable to secure permission to convert the building to a palatial luxury house on account of its status as a listed building. Cadogan Estates Ltd (the property company owned by Earl Cadogan, whose ancestors have been the main landowners in Chelsea since the 18th century; the nearby Cadogan Square and Cadogan Place are also named after them) purchased the building in 2000.[2] It was refurbished in 2004 by Paul Davis and Partners Architects at a cost of £7.5 million.[15] The changes included new lighting and sound systems and bespoke acoustic ceiling modules in the performance space.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About us". Cadogan Hall. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b Louise Jury (8 January 2002). "London Philharmonic gets a concert centre". The Independent. Retrieved 9 August 2008.[dead link]
  3. ^ Annette Moreau (5 November 2004). "Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Bliss, Cadogan Hall, London". The Independent. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Proms Chamber Music at Cadogan Hall" (PDF) (Press release). BBC Proms. 27 April 2005. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  5. ^ Jessica Duchen (18 July 2008). "BBC Proms: Everything you wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)". The Independent. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Orpheus Sinfonia". Orpheus Foundation. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  7. ^ Charlotte Higgins (7 February 2006). "Look sharp: chance to buy live CD straight after the concert". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  8. ^ Andrew Clements (17 February 2006). "Mozart: Symphonies No 39 and 41, English Baroque Soloists/ Gardiner". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Napier Museum". The Hindu. 12 December 2009. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  10. ^ a b "BBC: Cadogan Hall". Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  11. ^ Historic England (15 April 1969). "First Church of Christ Scientist (1226700)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  12. ^ a b c "National Pipe Organ Register Entry No N17971". Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Building Control News, No 3, 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Our History: A brief history of Cadogan Hall". Cadogan Hall. 2019. Archived from the original on 17 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Cadogan Hall". Paul Davis and Partners Architects. Retrieved 20 August 2012.

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Coordinates: 51°29′37″N 0°09′27″W / 51.4936°N 0.1576°W / 51.4936; -0.1576