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Address: 31 Sturt Street | Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9699 3333
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Melbourne Recital Centre comprises two of the finest acoustic spaces in the...

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.

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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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Great acoustics!

Really loved acoustics out there. Magnificent building, great ambience and staff are helpful and friendly! A bit pricey but so much worth it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
251larsn

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412 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really loved acoustics out there. Magnificent building, great ambience and staff are helpful and friendly! A bit pricey but so much worth it!

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MelbourneRecital, Marketing & Customer Relations at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, 251larsn. We hope to see you at the Centre again in the future! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We went there for the Coffee Concert and were very impressed wth the place. Staffs are helpful and friendly. It is a great place to bring visitors to hear music and only a short stroll to Southbank.

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MelbourneRecital, Marketing & Customer Relations at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, BarryThanh. We hope to see you at the Centre again in the future! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

Best acoustic venue for chamber music. Gifted musicians play the classics Great ambiance a short walk from dining precinct in Southbank. Encore

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MelbourneRecital, Marketing & Customer Relations at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, scott_sq. We hope to see you at the Centre again in the future! More 

Leek, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

Acoustics are brilliant. Front of house most polite and helpful. A good view of the performance from all the seats. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Roy5952
MelbourneRecital, Marketing & Customer Relations at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, Roy5952. We hope to see you at the Centre again in the future! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The Melbourne recital centre is a great place to listen to music, especially if it is acoustic or "lightly amplified". We have listened to all sorts of music, from the Punch Brothers, string quartets, coral ensembles, etc. The best places to listen are always central, unless you get too far back- under the upstairs eaves gives a thinner sound. Loud... More 

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MelbourneRecital, Marketing & Customer Relations at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, ross-travel-badger. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I'm a local and a repeat visitor to this wonderful venue. It's promotional line is that it's "The best place to hear ..." and it is. This world-beating (think Wigmore, Musikverein) auditorium, shoe-box in shape and coated in indigenous timber panelling wending their way around the walls and ceiling in wave-like patterns, has the most perfect acoustic. Its walls transmit... More 

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MelbourneRecital, Marketing & Customer Relations at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, Watcherdoon. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I'm a classical music lover and regular concert goer in cities all around the world. I've heard performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre at least 100 times since the venue opened in 2009. It is not only my favourite venue in Melbourne, but one of my favourite venues anywhere in the world. The acoustic is fantastic and the predominately wood... More 

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MelbourneRecital, Marketing & Customer Relations at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, Alexinmelbourne. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We have been in Concert Halls around the world, but this was our first visit to this gem, which is here in our own backyard. We attended the Melbourne Girls' Grammar School's music concert and were thrilled and amazed by the incredibly high standard of talent, often genius, shown by these young ladies. The acoustics are just great with the... More 

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MelbourneRecital, Marketing & Customer Relations at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, Houlihan2. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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306 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This incredible building is tucked away behind the more well-known Arts Centre. It was the perfect venue to listen and appreciate the wonderful genius of the Australian Brandenberg Orchestra last weekend. Superb venue, amazing acoustics, quite audience and a sensation event in all aspects. This is a must-visit attraction to see a performance, any performance, when in Melbourne.

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MelbourneRecital, Digital Marketing Manager at Melbourne Recital Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the kind review, GeraldQ. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I attended the concerts of both Beth Hart, and John Mayall, in the past week, sitting in row B (to side and near centre), on both occasions, and was so disappointed with the acoustics and/or the sound mixing. The listening experience was the worst I have had for some time. For example, in the later half of Beth Hart's performance,... More 

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