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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY
Tel: 0141 353 8000
The Glasgow Royal Concert hall was officially opened in 1990, as the city began its year as the elected “European Capital of Culture”. It was opened by her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal and featured an inspired performance of international classics and purposely written originals by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra during its opening ceremony.
The Royal Concert Hall boasts a luscious sandstone exterior and two impressive entrances, all the design of renowned English architect Sir Leslie Martin who is responsible for buildings such as the Royal Festival Hall in London. The main façade overlooks the pedestrian friendly shopping district of Buchanan Street, as it meets the similar Sauchiehall Street, while equally impressive roadside entrance provides easy motor access from Killermont Street. The interior features a 2,475 seated Main Auditorium and a 500 seat Strathclyde Suite, the Buchanan Suite, Exhibition Hall and Green Room. Patrons also have access to seven bars, a café and restaurant, gift shops and foyers to serve as congregation points. In addition to performing arts and music the halls are also used by local universities and colleges, most notably Glasgow Caledonian University, for their graduation ceremonies as well as other events of similar nature.
The Concert Hall is the primary performance base of the Royal Scottish National Orchestras however, frequently features many travelling groups such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of the Netherlands in addition to numerous soloist such as cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and violinist Maxim Vengerov. Out with the classical genre, past performers have included Johnny Cash, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Celine Dion, Elvis Costello and BB King amongst others of equal reputation. The Season 2010-11 is looking to be another triumph for the Glasgow Royal Concert hall with popular Symphonies such as Leningrad, Fantastique and New World as well violinists Frank Peter Zimmerman and Leila Josefowicz and Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero.
From McLays Guesthouse on Renfrew Street, the Glasgow Royal Concert hall can be found by walking down Sauchiehall Street (the parallel to Renfrew Street) until reaching the point where the street meets Buchanan Street and the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre - this would take between 10 to 15 minutes if walking. Alternatively, the second entrance lies on Killermont Street (across from Buchanan Bus Station) and would perhaps be better suited for arrival by car or taxi which would cost around £3-4. Public transport would be unnecessary due to the short walking distance, especially if entering through the pedestrian entrance at the corner of Sauchiehall Street.
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260/276 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6TT, Scotland.
T: (+44) 0141 332 4796 | F: (+44) 0141 353 04222
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