My top 5 music venues
As a lover of classical music I do love attending live concerts, as much as I can, whichever city I happen to be in, at my favourite venues, which are always a guarantee of quality performances.
London has a marvellous concentration of venues with great acoustics for classical music performances of all kinds. My favourites are the more intimate ones, like Wigmore Hall, perfect for chamber music, with a varied programme of world class performances every day of the week. Originally named Bechstein Hall, from the piano manufacturer which had a showroom next door and commissioned the venue at the end of the XIX century, Wigmore Hall reopened after the First World War under its new name and a new ownership. Since then it has hosted many great composers and interpreters who loved this concert hall, including Benjamin Britten, Arthur Rubinstein and Andres Segovia.
Almost completely destroyed by a devasting fire in 1991, it took an enormous effort to be reconstructed and restored to its former glory. In 2009 the Teatro Petruzzelli, the cultural gem and largest theatre building of Apulia, Italy, was re-inaugurated. Since then the Petruzzelli Foundation is managing the venue and its productions that span to opera, ballet, prose, classical and more contemporary music.
One of the most iconic operatic stages in the world, the Royal Opera House in London, was almost completely reconstructed and refurbished in the 1990s to make it fit to modern productions and spectators comfort. these days it features one of the most prestigious operatic and ballet programmes in the world, casting world-class artists both in traditional repertoire and contemporary productions.
Originally built as a theater and heavily damaged during WW2, this concert hall has recently been restored to its original neoclassical glory and it is now considered to be amongst the five best concert halls for its acoustics. Konzerhaus Berin is strategically located in the central area of Berlin and features a great programme of world-class concerts all year round, with both resident musicians and visiting artists from all over the world.
Built on a design by Christopher Wren, St James’s Piccadilly is an Anglican church in central London that features a vibrant and intense community programme, including also a regular high-quality series of concerts. These are normally free at lunchtime and require a ticket in the evenings. Music events at the church are always very enjoyable, with performances by young musicians and talented artists.
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