|Overlooking the Swan River, the Perth Concert Hall is the city's premier fine music venue and the home to the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. The Concert Hall has been open since 1973 and seats around 1729 audience members, who partake of a diverse variety of cultural events throughout the year, from comedy to cock rock, string quartets to pirouettes.
The Perth Concert Hall is a plush venue indeed. The majestic reds and browns of the auditorium's interior are the perfect visual accompaniment to whatever you happen to be watching, and the acoustics are excellent - a quality which, along with the venue's large size, has meant that the Hall hosts a wide variety of shows and performers throughout the year. Some of the more illustrious visitors have included Ray Charles, PJ Harvey, BB King and Melissa Etheridge, plus orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. The Hall is particularly busy during the biannual Perth International Arts Festival, when it is overtaken by a veritable plethora of cultural happenings.
One of the venue's most interesting features is the 3000-pipe organ, constructed of zinc, tin, lead alloy and wood, and designed by Ronald Sharp. As you'd expect, they're keen to show this beautiful instrument off whenever possible, so organ recitals are a common - and popular - attraction at the Hall.