The National Concert Hall is Ireland’s main live venue for classical music. Boasting several performance areas, the NCH is the home of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and hosts over 1000 events a year. It is also much loved for its lunchtime and summer recitals.
The grand National Concert Hall was originally built for the International Exhibition of Arts and Manufactures, a world fair held in Dublin in 1865. The building passed into the hands of University College Dublin, serving as the university’s central building, until it was partly converted and re-opened as the NCH in 1981. For years NCH and UCD shared the site until UCD relocated all of its facilities to its Belfield campus in the late 2000s.
The NCH’s main performance space is its 1,200-capacity Main Auditorium, which had previously served as UCD’s examination hall. The auditorium, which hosts large scale recitals and operas, is renowned for its impressive concert organ which was installed for the NCH’s 10th anniversary. The NCH’s other rooms, including the John Field Room, host smaller-scale recitals and functions.
If you’re planning to catch a concert at the National Concert Hall, you can rest assured that it will be an enriching experience.