The Concertgebouw is one of the world's most respected concert halls, and for any music lover in Amsterdam, it is an attraction you can't miss.
Translating directly into "Concert Hall", the historic building is renowned for its first-class acoustics. Two spaces regularly host live music at the venue; with a Grand Hall seating more than 2000 catering for large orchestral pieces, and another hall seating fewer than 500, offering chamber music and smaller live acts.
The music and performances on offer vary enormously, with classical music obviously taking precedent, but more mainstream live acts and jazz groups also regularly paying a visit. Alongside world famous orchestras and pianists, bands such as Pink Floyd and The Who have also played at the venue.
The ornate building opened in 1888, with a music extravaganza taking place in the Grand Hall featuring a full orchestra and more than 500 singers. Great care was taken during its construction to ensure that the acoustics were optimal, and the Grand Hall was met with critical acclaim following its first concert.
Bernard Haitink, one of Amsterdam's most famous conductors and violinists, described the Concertgebouw as the "greatest instrument in the Orchestra it houses" – a shining testament to the design of the building.
One of the most celebrated exports of the Concertgebouw is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which tours the world playing more than 120 concerts a year. Founded in 1888 at the opening event, it has amassed an impressive following, with more than 1000 recordings to its name. Its reputation was only enhanced by winning the "Top symphony orchestra in the world" award, voted for by Gramophone Magazine in 2008.
Like many concert halls across the world, certain rules and regulations are enforced. Latecomers to concerts may be refused entry if the performance is already underway, and large items such as rucksacks or umbrellas have to be left in a cloakroom before entering either of the halls.
Details of their impressive range of performances and events are also available on the website, and as it is a popular venue which quickly sells out, it is wise to book as early as possible.
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