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City Recital Hall officially opened on 30 October 1999, as the second purpose-built music venue in Sydney after the Sydney Opera House was unveiled in 1973. The 1238-seat auditorium, designed by Peddle Thorp & Walker Architects, is tuned at an occupied reverberation rate of 1.75 seconds.

City Recital Hall’s conception followed extensive lobbying by Sydney’s arts community for a purpose-built recital space for orchestral and chamber music. The consortium of concert presenters included the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. These leading music organisations have been Key Presenters since the venue’s inception, hosting annual performance seasons at City Recital Hall for over twenty years. Pinchgut Opera later joined as a Key Presenter in 2002.

City Recital Hall Limited was established in 2015 as a not-for-profit company to create exceptional live music experiences for Sydney. Today, under the leadership of CEO Justin Boschetti and Director of Programming Stuart Rogers, we produce year-round programming of excellent music and musicians to match the acoustic brilliance of the Hall. 

The development of the venue was documented in Dr Lisa Murray’s book, Musical Chairs: The Quest for a City Recital Hall./

Image: Tim da-Rin