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Melbourne Recital Centre

31 Sturt St | Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9699 3333
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Great Acoustics and Comfortable Seats

Went to a great show last night to watch Lea Delaria perform David Bowie’s Hits using the Jazz... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MartyBal
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Melbourne, Australia
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Acoustics can be great but also can be awful

The acoustics are great for classical music and acoustic shows - we've been to over 40 such... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
FKennedy_Langwarrin
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne Recital Centre comprises two of the finest acoustic spaces in the southern hemisphere, carefully crafted to present the best music the world has to offer. Drawing fundamental influence from the traditional box shape of European concert halls, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is lined with striking plywood panels of Australian plantation Hoop Pine timber, designed to resemble the back of a beautiful instrument and provide greater acoustic intimacy across the 1000-seat auditorium. The superbly organic acoustics of the hall extend to the Salon, a uniquely intimate 150-seat space that can also act as a companion room to the hall. Comprising a series of diffusing timber panels with tessellated plywood faces tipped in and out to form a modulated wall and ceiling, Percy Grainger’s 1937 graphic score, Free Music No. 2 is inscribed across the surface to inspire players and audiences alike. Swing by, say hello and book tickets to a show. Discover why Melbourne Recital Centre is the Best Place to Hear beautiful music.
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31 Sturt St | Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to a great show last night to watch Lea Delaria perform David Bowie’s Hits using the Jazz genre at Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre! Must say was very impressed with the seating, being over six foot I don’t always enjoy seating in a theatre, but great...More

Thank MartyBal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The acoustics are great for classical music and acoustic shows - we've been to over 40 such performances there (I even performed in a choir there once) and were very happy with the sound. However the acoustics has been horrible for blues shows put on...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely venue that I rarely visit. But a fantastic show here. Seating layout for a rangevof patrons. Good sound. Close to cafes and city. Recommend seeing artists here.

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Last night I attend a great concert of Cellist, songwriter and improvisor Vaudrey teaming up with renowned improvisational violinist Xani Kolac presenting an evening of unique arrangements for voice, strings and electronics. The Salon at the Recital Centre has wonderful acoustics well suited to the...More

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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Recital Centre is a beautifully designed venue with fantastic acoustics. It's situated at the back of Arts Centre precinct. Only minus is the lack of affordable dinner or lunch venues close by. As expected the drinks and snacks prices inside the venue are quite expensive....More

Thank Tom L
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

I went to a concert there last night, this building is magnificent and the architect is to be applauded. Beautiful Tasmanian timber, interesting designs, great acoustics, comfortable seats, easy access to any level, all seats get a wonderful view of the stage, air conditioning was...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Acoustically magnificent, it’s a great place to go to a concert. However, considering it’s a well-established venue, the tickets aren’t cheap. AND ... take your own snacks. Here’s an example of the prices: $6.00 for a little packet of nuts. SIX! That’s DOUBLE the recommended...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

I visited with friends to see Like Running Water as part of the Melbourne Festival. The centre itself is spacious and modern. We relaxed with a glass of wine in the lobby before the show. We had hot chips ordered and they took quite a...More

1  Thank KstarMelbourne
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Both the Hall and Salon have fabulous acoustics. The venue is easy to get to and has a wonderful music calendar catering for for a variety of interests.

Thank Jen B
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

Music Lovers.When planning a visitto Melbourne enjoy a Chamber Concert there. It was a magical time in a superb Recital Hall.Wonderful music in a beautiful wood carved Centre.Acoustics superb . A highlight of my trip to Melbourne.

Thank Elaine M
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Bradley A
30 January 2017|
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Response from James A | Reviewed this property |
I have in the past, to a less formal concert. No one said anything so... Maybe yes? Most concert halls in Melbourne are pretty relaxed.
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Melbmisty
26 April 2016|
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Response from Brianturkey | Reviewed this property |
I'd go for the back row in the circle. That's only because I am deaf in one ear so need to be able to sit centrally. The wings still provide a great view and high quality acoustics so, without m problems, either would be... More
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