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About Blackheath Halls

Blackheath Halls

Blackheath Halls, located in the bustling village of Blackheath in South East London, is a Grade II listed building.


Built in 1895 by William Webster, Blackheath Halls, along with the Conservatoire of Music and the School of Art, is part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex in London. It was originally used as a venue for orchestral and choral works and played host to some of the most famous musical performers of the early 20th century.

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Through the support of local businesses and the community, Blackheath Halls was saved from demolition in the 1980s. Following extensive restoration, the Halls operates as a charitable trust to pursue the ethos of its Victorian founders.

Since fully reopening in 1991, Blackheath Halls has offered an unusual and beautiful venue with a flexible approach.  The Halls regularly hold classical concerts, rock/pop performances, folk/world events, and comedy acts, and our family performances and activities are becoming more and more popular every year. Further to our lively season of events, our varied and engaging Community programme makes up a core part of what the Halls is about, giving members of the local community and beyond the opportunity to get involved with a variety of activities.

The Facts

  • 600-seat Great Hall
  • 160-seat Recital room
  • Licensed Cafe Bar
  • One of the most outstanding centres for music and the performing arts in London
  • Among the finest concert facilities available to any conservatoire
  • Renowned acoustics favoured by world-famous orchestras, ensembles, record labels and conductors
  • Extensive programme of events provides students with unique exposure to all aspects of the profession
  • Community programme providing opportunities for people of all ages and all levels of ability to participate in a diverse range of practical activities and events, including an annual community opera with orchestra and professional soloists
  • A unique interface between professional musicians, students, professorial staff and the general public

The Great Hall and Recital Room

Considered to be amongst the finest concert facilities available to any conservatoire, the Great Hall is a magnificent space. In addition, the Recital Room is an excellent venue for chamber concerts and a range of other events, including the popular Blackheath Sunday Morning Coffee Concert Series.

The ceiling in the Great Hall provides some of the best acoustics in the United Kingdom for large-scale orchestral performance, and the Halls regularly welcome world-renowned orchestras and ensembles for recordings and rehearsals.

Among those who choose the Great Hall as their preferred recording venue are Chandos Records, English National Opera, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and the distinguished conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras and Richard Hickox.

Blackheath Halls are a wholly owned subsidiary of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and provide Trinity College of Music with its regular base for large-scale rehearsals and performance.

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Last updated on Wed 11 Dec 2013 13.48h