Concerts are changing: Let’s embrace museum culture

Concerts are changing: Let’s embrace museum culture


norman lebrecht

June 05, 2021

The young British conductor Oliver Zeffman has filmed a concert with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and violinist Viktoria Mullova in the refurbished Raphael Court of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

So much more welcoming than certain nearby concert halls.

Oliver says: ‘There are few locations more stunning than the V&A’s Raphael Court, surrounded by the Raphael Cartoons’.



  • Maria says:

    Fine but you can’t have Mahler 6 in that setting, only chamber music, or cut down other types! !

  • phf655 says:

    What does all of that fabric on the walls do to the acoustics? – I am not British, but from visits I remember a large, barnlike space. I’ll take Wigmore Hall any day!

  • John Borstlap says:

    Concert halls were designed for the best acoustics and most practical attendance situation where audiences could sit comfortably for a long time. Museums were designed for walking and visibility of the works…. would music in museums be more accessible, I wonder. In London that may indeed be the case.

  • Tony says:

    The sampler video gave me a serious headache. Camera swooping backwards and forwards all over the place – was the camera a GoPro attached to a fly? In and out of focus in every shot.

    Sound is like a massive bathroom.

    Music deserves better than this.

  • Bill says:

    beautiful recording, perfect example of how you almost never need a conductor. Certainly not for this.

  • christopher storey says:

    The acoustics are appalling and seem to have given rise to ensemble difficulties between about 00:25 and 00:34 and again at about 1:40