The Wathen Hall at St Paul's School (London) is a small concert hall in London, UK. Designed by BHM Architects and opened in 1999, it forms part of the St Paul's School Music department and is used for school concerts as well as external events. The hall seats 316 people. Artists appearing there during the opening season included pianists Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, and violinist Maxim Vengerov. The Wathen Hall has become well known as a recording venue for solo and chamber music and its acoustics have been widely praised.Music at St Paul'sMusic at St Paul's is an annual subscription concert series held at the Wathen Hall. There are open to members of the public, as well as to pupils and staff of St Paul's School and St Paul's Juniors and their families.2004-2005 Series Simon Mulligan (piano) The Swingle Singers The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble The Maggini Quartet with David Campbell (clarinet) The Big Chris Barber Band2005-2006 Series2006-2007 Series Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale & Walton: Façade (narrated by Jacqui Dankworth and Frances Jellard) Barbican Piano Trio James Gilchrist (tenor) Gabrieli Consort Cantabile
The Hammersmith Apollo is an entertainment venue and a Grade II* listed building located in Hammersmith, London.Designed by Robert Cromie in Art Deco style, it opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace, being renamed the Hammersmith Odeon in 1962. It has had a string of names and owners, most recently AEG Live and Eventim UK.HistoryThe venue was opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace and seated nearly 3,500 people. It was designed by Robert Cromie in the Art Deco style. In 1962, the building was renamed Hammersmith Odeon, a name many people still use for the venue along with the abbreviation "Hammy-O". It became a Grade II listed building in 1990. The venue was later refurbished and renamed Labatt's Apollo following a sponsorship deal with Labatt Brewing Company (1993 or 1994).In 2002, the venue was again renamed, this time to Carling Apollo after Carling brewery struck a deal with the owners, US-based Clear Channel Entertainment (spun off as Live Nation (Venues) UK Ltd in 2005). The venue's listing was upgraded to Grade II* status in 2005. In 2003, the stalls seats were made removable and now some concerts have full seating whilst others have standing-only in the stalls. In the latter format the venue can accommodate around 5,000 people. The event was marked by rock band AC/DC playing an exclusive one-off concert and only charging £10 per ticket. All 5,000 tickets sold out in 4 minutes. In 2006, the venue reverted to its former name, the Hammersmith Apollo. In 2007, the original 1932 Compton pipe organ, still present from the building's days as a cinema, was restored. The building then changed hands and was bought by the MAMA Group.