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City Recital Hall was officially opened on 30 October 1999. It was the first purpose-built music venue to be established in Sydney since the Sydney Opera House in 1973.

This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of City Recital Hall, a venue that has come to be loved by performers and audiences alike. 

We'd love to celebrate this milestone with you. Join us as we dive through the archives, meet with old friends, and reflect on the cultural impact that the building has made in Sydney, and for all of its visitors. 

On the anniversary of the building's opening, we will host an Open Day for the public to explore the venue inside out, and We Are Twenty, a concert to propel us into a future of more vibrant, diverse and inclusive program of concerts and events at City Recital Hall. 

Celebrate with us

Open Day


30 October marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of City Recital Hall, and to celebrate, we are throwing open our doors for a day of music and more, for anyone and everyone. Come along to sing your heart out as part of our popular Sydney Flash Mob Choir, join a backstage tour or experience a sumptuous hour of Bach at our lunchtime concert in our Ground Level Foyer.

We Are Twenty


Join us for a special evening to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of City Recital Hall. Curated by Australian musician and songwriter Megan Washington, this concert will celebrate the diversity of Australian music and culture. For the first time ever, Megan will collaborate with renowned artists Electric FieldsLuke Howard and Topology to look ahead to the music of tomorrow with a classical crossover theme.

Stories from the hall

Elaine Chia
City Recital Hall, CEO

Renata Kaldor
City Recital Hall, Chair

Jay Laga'aia

Graham Parsons
City Recital Hall, Building Services Manager

Carl Vine
Musica Viva, Artistic Director
Memories at City Recital Hall

Carl Vine
Musica Viva, Artistic Director
When Taikoz brought the house down

Sarah Gilchrist 
Pinchgut Opera, Former CEO
Memories at City Recital Hall

Sarah Gilchrist
Pinchgut Opera, Former CEO
When a chorus member fainted at City Recital Hall

Erin Helyard
Pinchgut Opera, Artistic Director

Kim Williams
Media Executive and Composer

David Rowden
Omega Ensemble, Artistic Director

Andrew Andersons AO
City Recital Hall Architect

Hywel Sims
Musica Viva, CEO
Memories at City Recital Hall

Hywel Sims
Musica Viva, CEO
A donkey in Angel Place

Ara Vartoukian OAM
Theme and Variations, Director and Concert Technician

Jack Ritch
Former Head of Property, AMP

Letters from our friends

Bronwyn Edinger
Former General Manager, City Recital Hall

Genevieve Lacey
Musical Director and recorder virtuoso 

Kathryn Selby AM
Pianist and Artistic Director, Selby & Friends

Nia Karteris
Chair, Greek Festival of Sydney

From the Archives

Visit City of Sydney's archives and step back in time to see City Recital Hall under construction.