A good day to bury bad concerthall news

A good day to bury bad concerthall news


norman lebrecht

January 26, 2022

With Boris Johnsn’s future hanging by a Sue Gray thread, a report is due to be published tomorrow on the catastrophic rebuild of Croydon’s Fairfield Halls.

Millions of pounds have been blown on turning a useful concert hall into a pointless entertainment venue. More heads to roll.

Details here.


  • La plus belle voix says:

    Great offering, if you are into “An Evening of Burlesque”, “The Sound of Springsteen” (tribute band), “The Illegal Eagles” (dire tribute band), “Alan Carr”, “The Bootleg Beatles” (naff tribute band), “Anton and Erin Showtime”, and “The Animals and Friends Farewell Tour”. Jesus.

  • Alasdair Munro says:

    I am sure I heard Solti and the LPO play Bruckner 8th there, around 1976.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    How come Manchester can get this right, but London can’t. Here’s my suggestion – always much easier said than done, of course. Look for a spot away from the city center, close to a safe tube stop or local train station. Then put up something similar – if not identical – to Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Why does it have to be in the most dense part of the city?

    • La plus belle voix says:

      Because the team running BH Live are dense?

    • Henry williams says:

      Very true Barry. It is near the tram stop at st peters square. Which makes it easy to get home.

    • Allen says:

      The Factory in Manchester being an object lesson in how things should be done?

      I’ve yet to see a clear, precise description of how this strange shed/theatre construction will be used. Seems to be neither fish nor fowl.

      • Barry Guerrero says:

        I’m not from Manchester, but thousands of miles away. I know nothing about the The Factory. I was speaking specifically of Bridgewater Hall, which I know only from recordings and BBC 3 broadcasts. And speaking of that, I just listened to a very good, very ‘musical’ performance of Mahler 3 from BH on BBC 3 with Sir Mark Elder/Halle Orch./Alice Coote, mezzo soprano. The inner movements were particularly outstanding, and I thought Elder’s pacing of the last seven minutes of the Adagio were as well thought out and effective as I’ve heard it done (which has been quite often). I enjoyed it very much.