The Great Hall
The centrepiece of Auckland Town Hall is the Great Hall, seating up to 1,529 people on three levels. Considered to have one of the finest acoustics in the world, the Great Hall is Auckland’s premier venue for classical music performances and the Auckland home for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music New Zealand. Auckland Choral has performed Handel’s Messiah at the Great Hall every single year since the building opened.
The Great Hall has also been a popular venue for rock n roll since the early days of the genre. The Beatles played four shows in two days in 1964 and The Who, The Rolling Stones and Elton John are just a few of the names who graced the stage earlier in their careers. More recently, the Great Hall has seen Foals, Wilco and Jake Bugg take the stage as well as local performers Lawrence Arabia and Silo’s all-star Brel cast, featuring Jon Toogood and Julia Deans.