Just in: London concert hall reopens… with audience

Just in: London concert hall reopens… with audience


norman lebrecht

August 24, 2020

Cadogan Hall will resume indoor concerts with socially distanced audiences from Wednesday 30 September. Players from resident ensemble the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the EFG London Jazz Festival will play a leading role.

Adam McGinlay, Managing Director of Cadogan Hall says: ‘The time has come to open our doors and welcome back our audience. Although we have been able to host recordings, rehearsals and broadcast since they were permissible in July, it feels fantastic to have some live events again. We’re ready, but the big question is: are the concert-going public ready? This initial series has a great mix of concerts: there is something for everyone, plus Cadogan Hall is somewhere which customers trust and support. We look forward to reconnecting artists with audiences in a safe, responsible and comfortable environment.’

This makes the RPO the first London orchestra to appear before a live audience. Cadogan Hall is a short walk from the Royal Albert Hall, where the BBC have refused to admit audiences for the Proms.



  • V. Lind says:

    Oh, please lay off the BBC and the Proms. They are over well before Sept. 30, and anyway, that horse has bolted.

  • Emil says:

    I’ll be curious to see what the orchestra looks like. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal re-jigged its whole fall season to not have more than 50 musicians on stage (which will include Holst’s Planets, Brucker 7 and Mahler 10 in reduced orchestrations). Will the RPO play at full strength?