As an avid concert goer (200 a year) I'm really looking forward to trying out the new RFH but, as I was one of the few who loved the old sound (you could really 'hear' the music if you avoided the back of the terrace under the balcony), it's with some trepidation.
Favourite memories of the old hall: Janet Baker, Benjamin Britten, Janet Baker, Igor Stravinsky, Janet Baker and the first time I head Bernard Haitink conduct the then matchless LPO in a Mahler symphony!
Easy access to the RFH and Barbican Hall are the only things I'm going to miss about living in SE1!
The new RFH looks fantastic. Despite what Michael Lynch says it is not yet finished but it will be soon. The new carpet is a great choice and the building is now much lighter and open. It has quite a Scandinavian feel. The river terraces are a great success. We booked 3 dinners in Skylon during the next month. I hope it's as good as it looks.
The only thing I don't like is the glass portacabin (as locals call it) by the railway tracks. It looks very squeezed in and it's clear that the rationale for it is just to increase commercial space and not make room for offices as the offices only take up a very small part of it. There used to be a wonderful of the London Eye as you walked down Belvedere Road toward Parilament and I often saw photographers there taking a photo of the full moon over/inside the Eye. Passersby would stop to admire the view. The glass portacabin cuts into the view and this is no longer possible.