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Melbourne Recital Centre

31 Sturt St | Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9699 3333
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Great acoustics

Recital Centre is a beautifully designed venue with fantastic acoustics. It's situated at the back... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Magnificent building

I went to a concert there last night, this building is magnificent and the architect is to be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“concert venue” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
31 Sturt St | Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9699 3333
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recital Centre is a beautifully designed venue with fantastic acoustics. It's situated at the back of Arts Centre precinct. Only minus is the lack of affordable dinner or lunch venues close by. As expected the drinks and snacks prices inside the venue are quite expensive....More

Thank TomTomAus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to a concert there last night, this building is magnificent and the architect is to be applauded. Beautiful Tasmanian timber, interesting designs, great acoustics, comfortable seats, easy access to any level, all seats get a wonderful view of the stage, air conditioning was...More

Thank barbarajandrews
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Acoustically magnificent, it’s a great place to go to a concert. However, considering it’s a well-established venue, the tickets aren’t cheap. AND ... take your own snacks. Here’s an example of the prices: $6.00 for a little packet of nuts. SIX! That’s DOUBLE the recommended...More

2  Thank CharmedLife11
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I visited with friends to see Like Running Water as part of the Melbourne Festival. The centre itself is spacious and modern. We relaxed with a glass of wine in the lobby before the show. We had hot chips ordered and they took quite a...More

1  Thank KstarMelbourne
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Both the Hall and Salon have fabulous acoustics. The venue is easy to get to and has a wonderful music calendar catering for for a variety of interests.

Thank Jen B
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Music Lovers.When planning a visitto Melbourne enjoy a Chamber Concert there. It was a magical time in a superb Recital Hall.Wonderful music in a beautiful wood carved Centre.Acoustics superb . A highlight of my trip to Melbourne.

Thank Elaine M
Reviewed 19 July 2017

I recently attended an event, Paris a Rock Odyssey, at the Melbourne Recital Centre and I was very, very impressed, what a beautiful venue. Aside from being beautiful to look at the acoustics were incredible and the seats were the most comfortable I have seen...More

Thank Margaret W
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This is our second visit to the Recital Centre. We were amazed at the acoustics then and still am, our seats were comfortable with enough legroom to stretch out. There is good access for the mobility impaired. We arrived early and had the joy of...More

1  Thank Alan D
Reviewed 1 July 2017

Best kept secret in town! For any passionate arts concert attendee, this state of the art facility is a great gem. Take the guided tour (held fortnightly for the public) and be amazed by the vast knowledge, enthusiasm and passion of the staff! Subsequently we...More

Thank wlkbt_trvlr
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This was our first experience at the Melbourne Recital Centre. We saw Janet Seidel in the Salon and what an intimate first class show and venue it was. I can’t believe how reasonably priced the tickets were. We caught public transport which was also a...More

1  Thank barbante
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Bradley A
30 January 2017|
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Response from James A | Reviewed this property |
I have in the past, to a less formal concert. No one said anything so... Maybe yes? Most concert halls in Melbourne are pretty relaxed.
26 April 2016|
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Response from Brianturkey | Reviewed this property |
I'd go for the back row in the circle. That's only because I am deaf in one ear so need to be able to sit centrally. The wings still provide a great view and high quality acoustics so, without m problems, either would be... More