Have you ever visited Royal Festival Hall? What did you think of it? Let other people know by posting your photos and writing a little review.
I must say that the Royal Festival Hall is not my favourite venue in London, because there is no atmosphere in the room. When I go to the Royal Albert Hall there is more atmosphere simply because of how beautiful the hall looks, and the colour of it. But the Royal Festival Hall is different. To me it looks more like a room where they hold big conferences. It is just a space.
So why did i rate it 4/5? Because of the music. The Hall hosts some of the finest orchestras and most gifted players in the world, and the playing is never less than wonderful. So for the music alone, I rate it highly. It's just a shame about the decor!
If you are into classical music, then there are only five places worth going to in London. The Royal Opera House is number 1, and the Royal Albert Hall is number 2. This comes in at number 3. (Barbican Hall and Cadogan Hall are 4 and 5). The standard of music at the Royal Festival Hall is world class and certainly on a par with the first 2, but it lacks a certain something. I think it's because of the building. It is little more than a concrete box with cold wood panel walls. Contrast and compare that with the Royal Albert Hall, which seems so lovely before you even step inside. It is difficult to love the Royal Festival Hall in the same way. But luckily the music more than makes up for that.
We attended Ray Davies' concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 19th December 2010. This was the first time that we had seen a concert here, usually favouring the Roayl Albert, but were immediately impressed - we had seats in a Box 9 which offered an interesting side view of the stage, comfortable seats with legroom and impressive sound.
Those of us who enjoy Ray's music knew what to expect from his set list although the omission of "Lola" was a little disappointing. Excellent songs served up with Ray's usual between song banter made for a very enjoyable evening. Thanks Ray!
My family and I have been going to the RFH since they were children, e.g. Saturday morning Robert Mayer Childrens Concerts, and they are now in their thirties. It is a regular venue for us and now the grandchildren are going; I have taken the three year-old to great two concerts so far, e.g. an orchestral "Peter and the Wolf". I recently saw a unique concert - Lang Lang with one hundred young pianists on fifty Steinways.
All these memories fill the Hall with atmosphere. For those visiting for the first time, it has a wonderful position right on the riverside, surrounded by history with great views, three other concert halls, around it and, in the summer, a fun-filled water-sculpture.
Inside, the Hall has different spaces, usually occupied with interesting exhibits, a good cafe, restaurant and an area in which there are regular free concerts anyone can attend just be walking in.
The concert hall itself has recently been refurbished, acoustically "tweaked" and brightened. It is brightly lit with a welcoming feeling, all focussed on that large stage area. I know it has not got the history of the RAH (another Hall I love as a regular Prom-goer) but it has not been there as long, only since the Festival of Britain, and what an even that was! It was built in a different period, with a different purpose and the designers expressed that more simply (and more cheaply).
What time is the last train from waterloo to get back to epping on Friday 23 MARCH please?
00:22. Jubilee line to Stratford then central line to Epping