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ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL ACOUSTICS SOUND FANTASTIC

LETTERS

Re: Alan Kennedy's letter (AJ 15.06.06), it must be stated that the acoustics of Jean Nouvel's Lucerne Concert Hall are very bad - full of echoes, and many seats are miles away from the orchestra.

The architecture of the hall is a tremendous break from the rest of the building - of course a concert hall should and can have a certain amount of surprise - but Nouvel's building is overspectacular and overloaded!

With regard to the Royal Festival Hall (RFH), I do not share Kennedy's opinion. Apart from many alterations (which must be amended), the RFH remains the highlight of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Its acoustics are first class: just think back to the days when Andrés Segovia's guitar music could be heard even from the endmost parts of the auditorium.

London should be proud of its RFH, and certainly doesn't need a new hall.

Bryan Cyril Thurston, Switzerland

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