The Music Hall’s wonderful acoustics are renowned and admired far and wide. Not only are the acoustics recognised by our loyal audiences, but also by those on stage such as Conductor Sir John Barbirolli, who said: “nowhere is there a hall which has perfect acoustics such as this. This is a beautiful place – a place in which to make music”. The acoustics are central to this national treasure and grade ‘A’ listed Music Hall, and of the utmost importance to us to carefully retain during the Transformation project.
The Transformation project began with the appointment of Building Design Partnership (BDP) in 2013 who, alongside ourselves, have been working closely with a team of specialist acousticians and will continue to do so throughout the restoration and redevelopment project. The acousticians have undertaken site inspections and baseline surveys to measure and benchmark the existing acoustic conditions in order to retain the acoustic in the concert hall, and where possible improve the acoustic throughout the venue. This has been supplemented by acoustic prediction modelling in the main concert hall to determine suitable finishes. Survey measurements and design advice have included consideration of:
- Sound insulation (airborne and impact)
- Ventilation noise
- Room acoustics and reverberation times
- Plant noise limits