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Joburg Itinerary: Best places to listen to music

11 Apr 2023
When last did you listen to an entire album? Or hear live music without the chattering and clattering cutlery? We've collected some lovely listening spaces for you to explore in Joburg. Give your ears some love!

Wits Chris Seabrooke Music Hall

Launched in 2022, the Wits Chris Seabrooke Music Hall is the only purpose-built live music hall with a modern acoustic design in the city. The foyer is a converted heritage building, and the patch of earth that this new building occupies was where Joburg's first gold miners lived. 
Wits Chris Seabrooke Music Hall
The newly built Wits Chris Seabrooke Music Hall in Braamfontein

The Linder Auditorium

Symphony Seasons always bring soloists from across the country and the world, and varied programmes from old favourites to brand new compositions. There are generally pre-concert talks for anyone who wants to know more about any specific programme. This 1000 seater hall hosts most orchestra concerts and a good number of chamber music concerts, too. For the latest offerings, visit the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Johannesburg Musical Society websites. There is safe parking at the Linder Auditorium (it is on the Wits University Education Campus). 
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra performing at the Linder Auditorium
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra performing at the Linder Auditorium

Joburg's golden mansions

There are monthly Sunday Recitals at Glenshiel, or visit Northwards mansion for recitals organised by Maestro Richard Cock.
Glenshiel
Glenshiel, the Herbert Baker home on the "rooftop" of Johannesburg in Westcliff.

Churches to listen to music in

A few churches regularly host concerts in Johannesburg: St Martin's-in-the-veldSt Francis of Assisi in Parkview (who present performances in the beautiful sanctuary three or four times a year), and you can go to an organ recital at St George's in Parktown or listen to a number of chamber music and choir concerts that are hosted there. Here is a tribute performed on the organ by Magnus Greyling at St George's (where Archbishop Tutu was Bishop.)


The Centre for the Less Good Idea

If you're keen on discovering new and experimental music and interdisciplinary work, The Centre for the Less Good Idea is the place to find it. They tend to have two major seasons per year, and other performances and experiences during the year.

During workshops towards the season Tony Miyambo and Jill Richards explore the piano as tool together with Monk the puppet. Photo by Zivanai Matangi


Get your vinyl fix

Feeling old school, nostalgic or romantic? Listen to records at Mr Vinyl, or Micogram, or Kudzanai Chiurai's Library of Things We Forgot to Remember at 44 Stanley.
Library of Things We Forgot to Remember
Kudzanai Chiurai's The Library of Things We Forgot to Remember

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