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Somerset House plans for new concert venue

27 August 2019

SOMERSET HOUSE Trust is looking for an architect to design a new 700-capacity concert venue within the Grade I-listed building in central London.

The Trust says the £50 million multi-purpose venue would host concerts and other events.

“We are a contemporary arts centre so any new performance space would be designed for contemporary music,” says Somerset House head or PR Stephanie Pilling.

The “music-hall style space” will potentially have a balcony on three sides and room for 375 people seated or 700 standing. The project, planned to complete in 2024, will replace a 1960s-designed conference centre.

The building’s 3,000-capacity courtyard has been the location for the Somerset House Summer Series concerts, since their launch  2001.

Sponsored by American Express and run as a partnership between the Somerset House Trust and Live Nation Entertainment, the event comprises 11 concerts each July and has featured acts including Adele, Basement Jaxx, Florence + The Machine, Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey and Sons Of Kemet.

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