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Magical Acoustics

Walthamstow Assembly Hall is a Grade II listed arts, live music and recording venue in the heart of Walthamstow London, with world-renowned acoustics and an impressive history of performances and recordings. For 2018 the venue has revived its arts and music programme under the banner WAH17.

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A Musical Treasure

Designed in 1932 by P.D. Hepworth, Walthamstow Assembly Hall was completed during the war in 1943. The hall was opened before the Baby Blitz, hosting classical music concerts, operas and ballets as the bombs fell. Home to the Forest Philharmonic and regularly frequented by the London Symphony Orchestra, WAH17 is a unique venue in one of the greatest music cities in the world - easily reached from Central London by tube and train.


“Walthamstow Assembly is a stunning venue, and an extra bonus for us as music promoters is that the acoustics are very special. There is very little reverberation, and we are able to achieve a very good sound level in the venue compared with other buildings. Overall, the acoustics in the venue are some of the best we’ve ever worked with.”

— Kieran Clancy | Founder of Krank Brothers

The Golden Age of Stereo

Some of the first stereo recordings and finest records ever produced were made at WAH17 where Decca engineer John Culshaw discovered outstanding acoustics. Performers were moved around the ‘chess-board’ in order to create a ‘theatre of the mind’. Records made at WAH17 include Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece ‘Peter Grimes’. Other legendary performers to record at the hall include Julie Andrews, Leonard Bernstein and Eileen Joyce.

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WAH 17 Venue plan

The versatile space has a capacity of 1400, made up of 1172 standing downstairs and 228 seating/standing in the balcony.

Capacity
Maximum Overall: 1400
Downstairs Theatre Style Seating: 900
Balcony Seating: 228
Standing Downstairs: 11 72

Foyer Area
2 x Ticket Booths
Jubilee Room + Projector: 80 Standing
3 x Modern Bathrooms

Main Hall
Main Bar and Pop Up Bar
Lighting & PA System
Grand Piano (Onstage)
Cloakroom

Backstage
Modern Industrial Kitchen
Male and Female Dressing Room
Large Backstage Green Room

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Get In Touch

To enquire about venue hire, film location enquires or partnerships contact us on: 

venues@walthamforest.gov.uk
www.forestvenues.co.uk
+44 (0)20 8496 8018

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