The Menuhin Hall opens its door to visitors on Sunday 11 September from 10am – 12 noon as part of the nationwide ‘Heritage Open Days’ celebration held annually to encourage people to ‘explore hidden places’.
The Menuhin Hall was designed to ‘caress the sound of strings’, and was officially opened in January 2006. Visitors to the 300-seat hall will discover how the architects succeeded in minimising its impact on the rural environment whilst retaining the high roofline, and shutting out the noise of the nearby M25. All aspects of the interior are designed to enhance the acoustics for a range of requirements, particularly those of the young performers studying at the School.
The Menuhin Hall has received three awards recognising excellence in its construction and acoustic design: the 2006 RIBA Award, a 2008 Civic Trust Commendation and the 2006 BCI Small Building Project Award.
Coffee and tea will be available to purchase, and visitors are welcome to picnic in the immediate vicinity of the Hall.
Architect: Burrell Foley Fisher
Sound Space Design, Acoustician: Robert Essert.