London: Royal Festival Hall

Country: England, United Kingdom
City: London
Borough: London Borough of Lambeth
Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road

Concert hall, built 1949-1951 by Sir Robert H. Matthews and Leslie Martin with E. Williams and Peter Moro (acoustics consultants: Hope Bagenal with H. R. Humphreys, P. H. Parkin, and W. A. Allen) as a contribution of the London County Council to the Festival of Britain 1951. Opened 1951 with a concert of British music, attended by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The concert hall can be converted to a theatre by erecting a proscenium arch. 1954 installation of the "Festival Hall Organ" by Ralph Downes. 1964 installation of an "assisted resonance system". Home to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Used for symphonic concerts, and jazz, rock, dance, and world music performances. 2909 seats.

Royal Festival Hall was the first part of the Southbank Centre to be opened. Other concert halls, theatres, and museums like Queen Elizabeth Hall (917 seats), Purcell Room (370 seats), Royal National Theatre, National Film Theatre, Hayward Gallery, Museum of the Moving Image, and Saison Poetry Library followed, making Southbank Centre one of the largest cultural centres in the world.

Links: www.rfh.org.uk, Theatres Trust, Wikipedia


London: Royal Festival Hall - Ticket
Ticket 2 Nov 2002, concert performance of Meyerbeer's "Margherita d'Anjou"

London: Royal Festival Hall Front Text: "Royal Festival Hall", inscription: "Royal Festival Hall"
Publisher: Jarrold and Sons Ltd., Norwich; Festival of Britain 1951 Post Card
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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London: Royal Festival Hall Front Text: "Interior, Royal Festival Hall, London"
Publisher: Valentine & Sons, Dundee and London; OUP.1.
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
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London: Royal Festival Hall Front Text: "The Main Foyer, Royal Festival Hall, London"
Publisher: Valentine & Sons, Dundee and London; OUP.3.
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
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London: Royal Festival Hall Front Text: "Royal Festival Hall from Cleopatra's Needle, London"
Reverse Text: "Royal Festival Hall from Cleopatra's Needle, London. La Royal Festival Hall vue de L'Obélisque de Cléopâtre, Londres. Royal Festival Hall von Kleopatras Nadel aus Gesehen, London. Il Palazzo dei Concerti visto dall'obelisco di Cleopatra, Londra."
Publisher: Valentine Printers & Publishers, Dundee and London; ET.5165R
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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London: Royal Festival Hall Reverse Text: "Festival Hall: Overlooking the river Thames. It was built in 1951 for the Festial of Britain. The main auditorium will seat 3000 and the stage holds a choir of 250. It is London's leading modern concert hall."
Publisher: John Kalbian Associates, London; L058
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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London: Royal Festival Hall Picture: left: Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room, middle: Royal Festival Hall, right: Shell Tower
Reverse Text: "Royal Festival Hall and the Shell Centre"
Publisher: Floodlite, London; PT8041
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
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London: Royal Festival Hall Reverse Text: "Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano, Royal Festival Hall, 26th November 1973"
Publisher: Royal Festival Hall; "50 Years"; 0142
Type: 2001 postcard of a 1973 photograph
Size: 21.0 x 14.7 cm
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London: Royal Festival Hall Reverse Text: "London, Lambeth, South Bank Arts Centre, Aerial View. Between Waterloo Bridge on the left and Hungerford railway bridge on the right lies an integrated group of buildings on the South Bank. The landing steps in the foreground give on to a riverside terrace. To the right is the Royal Festival Hall with its curved roof. Left of it is the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Purcell Room behind it. These three halls are for various types of music making. To the rear of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room is the Hayward Gallery."
Publisher: Gordon Fraser; LRFH-C9
Size: Modern
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London: Royal Festival Hall Reverse Text: "Royal Festival Hall, London, Stage and Orchestra. The platform can be adapted for various needs by raising or lowering separate levels so as to accomodate orchestras, conferences, ballet and spectacles. There are also seats for choirs round the organ console. The Hall was opened in 1951 and was designed by Sir Robert Mathew and Sir Leslie Martin, then respectively Architect and Deputy Architect to the L.C.C."
Publisher: Gorden Fraser; LRFH-C4
Size: Modern
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London: Royal Festival Hall Reverse Text: "Diana Atkinson, The Art of the Fugue, 1990, (The Royal Festival Hall Organ), Oil on canvas, 93 x 60 cm, Private Collection, England"
Publisher: The Hayward Gallery, SBC, London
Size: Modern
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London: Royal Festival Hall Picture: left: Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room, right: Royal Festival Hall
Reverse Text: "Royal Festival Hall as taken from the Embankment"
Publisher: SBC, London; C21002X
Size: Modern
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London: Royal Festival Hall Reverse Text: "Royal Festival Hall interior"
Publisher: SBC, London; C21003X
Size: Modern
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London: Royal Festival Hall Reverse Text: "Royal Festival Hall Auditorium"
Publisher: Royal Festival Hall; "50 Years"; 0141
Size: 14.7 x 21.0 cm
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For another picture of this concert hall, see London: "The Theatres of London".

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