Last month, Sydney’s newest entertainment and events venue opened it’s doors to the public and received thunderous applause. The Concourse is a new state state-of-the-art entertainment complex in Chatswood, NSW complete with a 1000 seat Concert Hall, 500 seat theatre, studio space, rehearsal rooms, and the Civic Pavilion – a 506 square metre corporate and event space.
Last month, Sydney’s newest entertainment and events venue opened it’s doors to the public and received thunderous applause. The Concourse is a new state state-of-the-art entertainment complex in Chatswood, NSW complete with a 1000 seat Concert Hall, 500 seat theatre, studio space, rehearsal rooms, and the Civic Pavilion – a 506 square metre corporate and event space. Performers Richard Clapton and Wendy Matthews declared the new Concert Hall “perfect” when the first Contemporary Music Concert was held on September 24, and as the venue was put through its paces for the first time with a packed audience, the sound, staff, ambience, parking and venue were declared a resounding success. This new complex is set to add to the entertainment and performing arts landscape of Sydney, and become a hub of culture, information and entertainment in the heart of Chatswood on Sydney’s North Shore. Sydney has demonstrated a huge demand for specialist venues and this welcome addition to the ever growing world of the performing arts will showcase a huge variety of entertainments, in a complex purpose built to suit many needs. In Sydney, theatre venues are in high demand and The Concourse is receiving bookings from all sectors of the performing arts and a full program will be announced soon. The venue has industry professionals excited, including Lindy Hume, director of the Sydney Festival: “I can’t wait to present to you the best Sydney Festival has to offer in these glorious venues this coming January. Congratulations to all!” – Ms Hume said. Willoughby Mayor Pat Reilly said the $171 million project would add to the growth of the Chatswood CBD. “The Concourse will bring an extra element to Chatswood, which is already established as one of Sydney’s leading shopping destinations. It will provide a dynamic, accessible and progressive nucleus for live art and entertainment, providing a performance venue for local, national and international artists as well as providing an opportunity for students, emerging artists and young performers to take to the stage of a leading performing arts venue. The extensive library will also provide a state of the art learning centre and information and resource hub for the community.” Willoughby City Council has engaged Century Venues to manage the Performing Arts Centre on The Concourse. Century Venues were selected due to their experience and contacts in the industry, ability to produce a mix of community and professional shows and their track record of nurturing young and emerging artists. A leader in the industry, Century Venues currently manage six venues, including the Enmore Theatre and The Metro, and a suite of related businesses including film and television product. Greg Khoury of Century Venues, who will manage live arts and conference venues on The Concourse, is excited about the potential of the venue with its unique offering and variety of performance spaces. “Century will work with local community artists and groups, schools and the performing arts sector to operate the facility as more than just a hall for hire. Part of our roll will be that of a producer, guiding the venue to develop its own product. This could result in the creation of Sydney Fringe Festival or Sydney Comedy Festival hubs for The Concourse,” he said.
The Concourse Performing Arts Centre contains
The Concert Hall – based on a traditional European design, creating an intimate space with the high ceiling maintaining a sense of grandeur. Two levels of seating accommodate approximately 1,000 patrons – with 462 stalls, 424 balcony and 114 choir stalls. Performers will enjoy an open concert platform and exceptional wing space, dressing rooms, storage and technical facilities. Acoustically excellent, the Concert Hall provides a sensational atmosphere for a diverse range of performances, from classical music to chamber ensembles, jazz, world and pop music. The Theatre – two tiers of seating accommodate approximately 500 patrons (361 stalls, 139 circle). The Theatre also features a fly tower, orchestra pit, level loading dock access and numerous practical support spaces. Attracting regular seasons of professional touring theatre companies, cultural workshops and amateur musical societies, the Theatre is a space where world-class performances and local community events come together. With excellent sightlines and acoustics, the Theatre is perfect for corporate events, seminars, product launches and presentations. The theatre boasts a state of the art adaptable proscenium arch The Studio 149sqm semi-sprung floor makes it ideal for community dance performances, workshops and rehearsals. It can also be used as a recital room for small chamber groups or solo instrumental concerts, and for corporate conferences and presentations. For formal events, the Studio can accommodate approximately 150 people. The Civic Pavilion offers state-of-the-art features and flexibility, in a light-filled, vibrant space, the Civic Pavilion is perfect for corporate functions, exhibitions, weddings, celebrations and large community events. This multi-functional venue features a flat 506sqm floor with a divisible wall, dressing rooms, and a full catering kitchen. It can accommodate up to 500 patrons in theatre mode, 430 in banquet mode, or 300 in classroom mode. Supporting Venues include the Green Room, Rehearsal Room, Chorus Room and the lounge – all with adaptable, state of the art features. Read Les Solomon’s column about the venue here:
Bring it on Chatswood! A New Theatre That Needs Nurture
For more information visit www.theconcourse.com.au