Updated: 07/15/2014 21:02

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall reopen after 4 years of refurbishment



Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall reopen after 4 years of refurbishment

The Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall have reopened, after renovations that cost some $150 million.

It's been four years since the bells at the clock tower joining the Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert hall last chimed. 

At first glance, the national monuments look unchanged as its Victorian facade was preserved. 

But inside, you can see that the passageway which connects the theatre and the concert hall, and leads to the Arts House has been restored. 

Craftsmen have repaired the rusticated columns and other neoclassical features. 

However, the refurbished theatre and concert hall have had their seating capacities reduced by at least 140 seats, to some 600 seats. 

Lead Architect of W Architects, who's in charge of the project, Mok Wei Wei, says this is to enhance the audience's view, and improve acoustics. 

"For Victoria Concert Hall, the reduction comes mainly from the balcony. The balcony was larger in the 80s. That balcony had set to be too big and set too low and the seats underneath the balcony were inferior so the refurbishment, the acoustic consultant advised us to reduce the size and set up higher so the seats underneath are equally good they receive equally good sound." 

Chief Executive Officer of National Arts Council or NAC, Kathy Lai, says the opening of the theatre and concert hall is timely. 

"Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall is really situated in the middle of the Civic District so you do have the Arts house, National Art Gallery, Asian Civilisation Museum, this whole precinct is really going got be a hub of cultural and arts activities." 

Ms Lai adds that the NAC plans to work with community centres and schools in the neighbourhood to free up some space for artists.

Members of the public are welcome to tour the Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall this weekend. 

-By Lim Jia Qi

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