City Recital Hall, Sydney

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City Recital Hall 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 in Angel Place, 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.

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

Selby & Friends

Sydney Children's Choir

Sydney Festival

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Sydney Symphony
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  • An amazing night showcasing the cream of Sydney’s Classical community. All artists donated their time and talents to entertain us. All City Recital Hall staff worked without pay. City Recital Hall...  more »
  • Attended a Pinchgut performance. It’s always a pleasure to be here. A very appreciative audience who are always well dressed, making an effort to be here. Only problem is the seats which are not the.....  more »
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  • A visit to the City Recital Hall is always a very pleasant and uplifting experience. Richard Gill's birthday celebration on 5/11/18 was no exception. The auditorium has very crisp acoustics, comfortable seats - not a bad seat in the house for viewing and listenening to a performance. Bars at each of the 3 levels ensure patrons are adequately fed and 'watered'. Friendly staff always available to assist
  • City Recital Hall is located in Angel Place just off Martin Pl in central Sydney. Martin Pl & Wynyard rail stations plus numerous bus services are in close proximity. The Recital Hall opened in 1999. It was built specifically for the purpose of oration, chamber music and solo performance. The acoustics in this 1240 seat hall is specifically designed for such performance. The entire hall is mounted with rubber bearings to eliminate vibration. Overall, the hall can be described as acoustically beautiful. There are a multitude of cafes, restaurants and bars to pick up a meal or a refreshing ale or wine. City Recital Hall is a world class venue and attracts the best of National and International performance. Sydney City Council have been the major sponsor for City Recital Hall since its inception

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