The steeply sloping vineyard-style terraced seating allows an optimum view of the stage from each one of the 1,900 seats. Following the Gewandhaus's inauguration in 1981, the hall's magnificent acoustic was soon universally acknowledged as having set a new benchmark in this tremendously complex field and compares exceedingly favourably to that of the many concert halls built throughout the world since. The acoustic qualities of the Great Hall are commensurate with the exceptionally high demands the Gewandhaus Orchestra sets itself, as well as those of the world's elite conductors, who, without exception, praise the hall as being one of the finest in the world. The Great Hall of the Gewandhaus is the perfect environment for almost every imaginable form of concert and event.
Crowning glory of the Great Hall is its stunning organ, built by Schuke, set high above the stage. In addition to classical organ recitals, it is the perfect means for transforming any type of ceremonial event into an occasion of quite unforgettable grandeur. The choir stalls between the organ and the stage accommodate a chorus of up to 300.
The Great Hall is equipped with a comprehensive battery of the most advanced lighting systems available, capable of realising all desired effects. Point hoists and suspension points for rigging and microphones in the hall ceiling facilitate individual, exact execution of all your lighting and audio requirements. The audio studio is appointed with state-of-the-art recording and PA technology. We also offer a separate studio backstage to house any external audio equipment you may wish to deploy. The Hall is fitted with connections for OB units.
Ample artist dressing rooms with shower and toilet facilities are available backstage.
The Great Hall and all personnel elevators are designed to accommodate the mobility impaired, including wheelchair users.
All details of the Great Hall can be found in the technical rider.