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One million music-lovers

One million music-lovers

A milestone for Melbourne Recital Centre thanks to you, our music-lovers.

In mid-2017, Melbourne Recital Centre welcomed 1 million visitors to the Centre to experience live music in our spaces. Since opening in February 2009, the Centre has grown significantly year on year – not only in the number of concerts we present or host, but also the number of talented artists, ensembles and musicians we work with and the wonderfully diverse music-loving audiences we reach. We are proud to welcome music-lovers from diverse backgrounds and interests to the Centre every day.

The crowd before Father John Misty

What does welcoming 1 million music-lovers look like?

Across the globe, 1 million music-lovers fills Royal Albert Hall in London 190 times, the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna 350 times, Carnegie Hall in New York 356 times, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam 506 times and the Konzerthaus in Berlin 705 times. We are inspired by these acclaimed arts and music organisations and artists that perform in these venues every season. 

Concert-goers before The Song Keepers in Concert

What does 1 million music-lovers mean to us?

Within our spaces, we love witnessing the expression on music-lovers’ faces when they walk into the Salon or Elisabeth Murdoch Hall for the very first time.

Friends before a Mostly Mozart concert

The wonderful feedback we receive daily from people like you who visit the Centre and experience live music in our spaces.

Concert-goers before a show in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

The music-lovers who engage with our Box Office, Front of House and Stage Door staff and bring our foyers to life with excitement and energy. 

Relatives enjoying a matinee concert in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

1 million music-lovers means we can continue to present hundreds of diverse events each year for music-lovers to attend and enjoy. 

Visitors enjoying a drink before a concert in the Salon

We can continue to offer local and international artists many opportunities to perform in our spaces.

We can support dozens of cultural and community groups with access to the Centre, its music and beyond.

We can continue to provide emerging artists with valuable professional development and learning opportunities through our programs and so much more.

How are we celebrating the 1 million music-lovers milestone?

In 2019, Melbourne Recital Centre celebrates 10 years of music-making and performance. And we want to celebrate with you! 

Tell us your most memorable Melbourne Recital Centre Moment and enter the draw to win the #MelbRecitalMoment prize which includes:

  • A double pass to a Melbourne Recital Centre 'Signature Event' in 2019 - our 10th birthday year. Previous signature events include the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Les Arts Florissants, Jordi Savall and Concerto Italiano.
  • An exclusive Guided Tour on the day of your Signature Event with behind-the-scenes access.
  • Dinner before the concert at Blondie Bar next door to the Centre.
  • A Meet & Greet with Marshall McGuire, the Centre's Director of Programming.
  • Overnight accommodation at a hotel nearby.
Tell us your #MelbRecitalMoment here

This article is part of a monthly series that celebrates the music-lovers that make up the 1 million visitors to Melbourne Recital Centre and beyond. 

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