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Melbourne Recital Centre

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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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Melbourne Recital Centre comprises two of the finest acoustic spaces in...
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.

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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Surprise Gem in Melbourne!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 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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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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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Wow! What an incredible venue. We went to see Sarah McLachlan, and despite our best efforts ended up with seats up in the nosebleeds... apart from the climbing of the stairs (not sure if there was an elevator, but at least the escalator up the first flight helped. The seats were wide enough to be comfortable, but too close to... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Spent a lovely evening listening to Tchaicovsky et al in the gloriously decorated Recital Hall. Incredibly classy Australian wooden paneling on the walls and ceiling, great acoustics, just lovely. Not enough staff working on the bar at interval to grab a drink in the 20 minutes given though.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is a valuable venue for music lovers. The acoustics have been designed for the discerning, and though I don't know much about this I do know that I've heard excellent work (opera, baroque, etc). Seats are comfortable. As other reviewers note, the lack of a centre aisle means it is almost inevitable that you'll have people squeezing past you.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My first trip to the Recital Centre. It's a lovely venue. The concert with Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway was wonderful! They were only in Melbourne for one night and I'm so glad I got to see them. Fantastic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We went to a classical music concert here, the sound was excellent, comfortable seating, staff very helpful, places to get food & drink if needed and handy to transport. We were in the stalls only 5 rows back and it was good to be so close to the performers. The interior timber design is very interesting-overall a very enjoyable place... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

This is a marvellous venue. It is easy to find - virtually at the back of the Arts Centre and National Gallery and well served by trams going by. There is a restaurant, bar and cafe right out front and also a bar inside - but be aware you are not permitted to take any drinks or snacks (apart from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

One of the best recital venues in Australia as well as others in the world. Sound is very clear and pleasing (and I have heard a range of music played in the Centre). Beautiful, warm interior of curved and carved wooden interior. Seats are well positioned and comfortable. Melbourne audiences to dress for the occasion and are friendly to visitors.... More 

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Additional Information about Melbourne Recital Centre

Address: Address: 31 Sturt Street | Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9699 3333
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Southbank
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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