Early schooldays trips into central London often ended up at the Royal Festival Hall, for me an enchanting place bound with memories of magnificent performances punctuated by polite applause and reverential hush.

The RFH is s the only surviving building on the South Bank from the 1951 Festival of Britain, since when it has undergone many updates and improvements, both aesthetically and acoustically. In recent years renovations have mixed modernisation and sympathetic refurbishment to create a concert hall for the 21st century.

During the 1960’s the brutalist National Theatre, Hayward Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Halls were added to the complex…