The Music Hall and Theatre History Site
Dedicated to Arthur Lloyd, 1839 - 1904.

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Formerly - The Glasgow International Concert Hall

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The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in July 2003 - Photo M.L.

Above - The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in July 2003 - Photo M.L.

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in July 2003 - Photo M.L.The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall was constructed in 1989 and opened originally as the Glasgow International Concert Hall in October 1990. It was built as part of the efforts to regenerate the city and it's cultural reputation after many years of neglect.

Right - The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in July 2003 - Photo M.L.

The building was designed by modernist architect Sir Leslie Martin, designer of London's Royal Festival Hall and many other public buildings. Martin also designed the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (today's Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Renfrew Street close by and all intended to focus upon a concept of a resurgent cultural centre, which had the Theatre Royal, Hope Street, within its area.

In 1962 Martin had been appointed by Glasgow Corporation as their hall consultant when considering the replacement for St Andrew Halls in Charing Cross which had been destroyed by fire that year. Design completion of the new Concert Hall was carried out by architects RMJM of Edinburgh.

Today the Concert Hall has the following accommodation:- Main auditorium 2,475; Strathclyde Suite 500; Lomond Foyer 300; Clyde Foyer 300; Exhibition Hall 300; Buchanan Suite 120. And in 2015 the Royal Scottish National Orchestra built onsite their new headquarters, complete with a 600-seat auditorium, rehearsal and recording facilities, and an education centre.

You may like to visit the Royal Concert Hall's own website here.

Parts of the text on this page were kindly written for this site by Graeme Smith in July 2018.

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