Royal Festival Hall – London Open House
September has been quite a pleasant month; it makes up for August’s weather inconsistencies. I had plans to be a man about town and check out various sites for the London Open House this past weekend. But I have been laid low by a head cold.
But I did drag myself out of bed for a tour of the Royal Festival Hall as part of the London Open House these chances only come around once a year; I spurred myself on. I took part of a 45 minute guided tour of the renovation work going on. In fact, all the people who took the tour had to sign a document about health and safety and don hard hats and brightly coloured vests. The work is to be completed in June 2007. We got to see quite a bit of the building inside and even went up into the top of the site and could practically touch the new ceiling. The acoustics will be improved when done; the architect who gave the tour was saying how many musicians did not particularly like playing in the festival hall for it’s acoustics. One of the challenges is that the hall is used for both acoustic and amplified music; depending on the nature of the performance certain curtains etc. would be lowered to change how the sound works. It struck me that it is quite specialised work to do architecture for concerts hall.