Edward Gardner conducts Milton Court opening concert

Last week saw the opening of Milton Court, a state of the art complex of performance spaces and rehearsal rooms for The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Edward Gardner, currently opening the ENO season with Fidelio, was invited to conduct the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the new 608 seat concert hall.  He was joined by Sally Matthews and Alison Balsom, both Guildhall alumnis, in a programme of works chosen to show off the acoustics of the hall designed by industry experts Arup.
‘Its acoustics were amply tested by the opening gala, given by the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner. Elgar’s swaggering Cockaigne Overture — an apt celebration of Cockneys for this quintessential London occasion — sounded terrific: the sound rich but the fortissimos not overwhelming.’ Richard Morrison, The Times, 30 September 2013
The concert hall is a flexible, professional venue in which young instrumentalists and singers will rehearse and perform. It is suitable for solo recitals, chamber ensembles and medium-sized orchestral performances, plus rehearsals for a full-sized symphony orchestra. In addition to the concert hall, Milton Court has two theatres (223-seat and studio), three rehearsal rooms, a TV studio suite, a costume department, office space, tutorial rooms and public foyers. Following David Walker Architects’ original concept for the overall development, Milton Court was designed by specialist arts architects RHWL Arts Team, working with consultants including Arup and Theatre Projects.
It was certainly a great occasion with specially invited guests being treated to a wonderful concert of Haydn, Mozart, Elgar and a new commission by Head of Composition Julian Philips. Speeches and presentations followed before we were given the chance to explore the building and drop in on students in workshops and eager to talk about their new facilities. 
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