Who cares what Vanessa Mae thinks about the Festival Hall?

By Stephen Pollard
May 29, 2007

How depressingly predictable.

The Telegraph has an excellent article by Rupert Christiansen on the acoustics of the new Festival Hall. But accompanying it is a slide show: what the Royal Festival Hall means to the stars, based on a project by the photographer, Rankin, which seems to be entirely worthless. The Telegraph gives us the views of ten 'stars', such as Sam Taylor-Wood, Joanna Lumley and Sir Terence Conran. Not one classical musician, to whom the Festival Hall might actually mean something beyond "the coolest place on the planet to listen to groovy music with indisputable in-crowders", "filming Juliet Stevenson and Michael Maloney hopping by in Truly Madly Deeply" and "the bust of Nelson Mandela".


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