26 Feb 2015
New venue manager for Perth Concert Hall
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is the new venue manager of the Perth Concert Hall.
Perth Theatre Trust Chair Peter Blaxell said as part of a new venue management arrangement, Perth Theatre Trust would lease the Perth Concert Hall from the City of Perth for 12 months as of 1 January 2015.
“Under this new agreement between Perth Theatre Trust and the WASO, the Trust holds the lease, while WASO is responsible for the management of the venue management and activation of the Perth Concert Hall in 2015,” he said.
Mr Blaxell said this arrangement would be a transition year for WASO as it begins relocating to the Perth Concert Hall.
A separate not for profit entity, WA Venue and Events Management Pty Ltd, has been set up as the signatory to the agreement with the State Government. This company operates as a sister company of WASO Pty Ltd.
WASO Chairman Janet Holmes à Court AC said the new management arrangement would provide opportunities to activate the venue and bring in new hirers and new audiences.
“WASO’s long association with the Perth Concert Hall has provided the company with an intimate understanding of the venue, and the needs of promoters, which we aim to use to achieve greater utilisation rates and revenue,” Mrs Holmes à Court said.
“There is a tremendous amount of potential for this venue and we’re looking forward to working towards achieving our vision to create a hub of activity and vibrancy at the Perth Concert Hall and the surrounding precinct.”
Department of Culture and the Arts Director General Duncan Ord said the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) would be supporting WASO by managing the maintenance of the venue.
“DCA is also currently working with the City of Perth on a priority works schedule to deal with maintenance issues at the Perth Concert Hall,” Mr Ord said.
He said WASO would be commissioning a feasibility study in 2015 on their full relocation to the Perth Concert Hall.
“The initial 12 month agreement will give us time to respond to the City of Perth’s longer term strategy to make the Perth Concert Hall and its forecourts a venue which offers a broad range of classical and contemporary music and events”
WASO has appointed Brendon Ellmer as the new General Manager of the venue. Mr Ellmer has spent the last six years as General Manager of the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.
Leading West Australian catering consultancy service Heyder & Shears have been awarded the food and beverage contract for the venue and will begin operations in time for the first concert on 6 January 2015.
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