Snape Maltings Concert Hall crowned the winner of BBC PM acoustic test

Sir Simon Rattle’s comments that concert halls in London aren’t up to scratch has sparked up a bit of a debate. BBC Radio 4’s PM programme weighed in on it with an extremely scientific “acoustic-off” in their programme this afternoon. We were invited to take part and were very pleased to be selected by Salford University’s Professor of Acoustic Engineering, Trevor Cox, as the winner.

Acoustic test in the concert hall

You can listen to the (very informal!) contest on iPlayer, at about 45 minutes in:

Chris Allen warming up to play on BBC PMA special thank you to our clarinettist Chris Allen for coming in at such short notice to perform the Mozart, and playing so well in a chilly concert hall! He first played here in 1974 while at Royal College of Music, in the first few years of the building’s use as a concert hall, when its sound was just being established as one of the best.