Are you sitting comfortably…

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all along the row; every seat has its own individual air conditioning

all along the row; every seat has its own individual air conditioning

The answer is not often when you go the theatre or a concert hall.

Dressing for the theatre is a chore. You are never quite sure how cold or warm it is. If the place is sparsely filled it can be cold; if it is full you can roast.

What do you do? You take layers of clothes that you can remove once you are inside and can judge what to do. That’s fine and dandy if you have plenty of room about you but some of our older theatres and concert halls pack people in. One London theatre I can think off has so little leg room that even I can’t sit comfortably for a couple of hours and I’m only five foot six! There is no chance of putting a jacket or a coat underneath my legs as I watch a performance.

The 1,500 seat Grand Auditorium

The 1,500 seat Grand Auditorium

At the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, they have resolved this heat problem by having individual air conditioning under each seat. In the Grand Auditorium (which has about 1,500 seats) and the Salle de Musique de Chambre (about 300) there are sensors which judge the heat in the auditoria as well as your own seat comfort. The air conditioning is then adjusted by changing developments and your seat will operate independently of your neighbours.

It sounded a little fanciful to me so I tried it. I put my hand over the unit and, sure enough, it responded but the one in the seat next to where I was didn’t.

The Philharmonie has to work hard to fill its seats, not because the programmes are unattractive or because Luxemburgers don’t like what is but because the entire country has a population of just 560,000. It has to attract people from its near neighbours in Belgium, France and Germany. In addition, the halls are available for schools and youth groups during the day resulting in the space being used up to five times a week. How many places are there in the world where your children can say that they performed on the same stage that Anne-Sophie Mutter or Leonidas Kavakos has played on?

The architecture once you enter the Philharmonie

The architecture once you enter the Philharmonie

The other feature of the Philharmonie, completely unconnected to music is that it is one of the many buildings in the country that is attracting visitors because of the architecture. Staid, cubed apartment and office blocks there are but so are there a number of interestingly created buildings that make you stop on the street and gaze at. The Philharmonie is just one of them.

With a combination of ingenuity, world-class performances and eye-arrestingly designed architecture, Luxembourg is attracting more and more tourists to the Philharmonie, its capital city and in the country as a whole.

For more about Luxembourg, click here.

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