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A Grade II listed arts, live music and recording venue in the heart of Walthamstow, London.

IN T HE HE A RT OF WA LT H A MS TO W Designed in 1932 by P.D. Hepworth, Walthamstow Assembly Hall was complete during the war in 1943. The hall was opened shortly before the Baby Blitz – hosting classical music concerts, operas and ballets as the bombs fell. With its stunning gold doors and William Morris quote “Fellowship is Life and the Lack of Fellowship

is Death” emblazoned across the front – it was a beacon of hope. Home to the Forest Philharmonic, Lake of Stars festival and the London Symphony Orchestra. WAH17 is a unique venue in one of the greatest music cities in the world – easily reached from Central London by tube and train.


Since the art of creating a great concert hall seems almost as mysterious as making a Stradivarius‌ it is no surprise that they are often discovered in the unlikeliest places. Julian Lloyd Webber

TH E G O LD EN A G E O F STE R E O Some of the first stereo recordings and finest records ever produced were made at WAH17 where Decca engineer John Culshaw discovered its outstanding acoustics. Performers were moved around the ‘chess-board’ (pictured overleaf) in order to create a ‘theatre of the mind’. Records made at WAH17 include

Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Peter Grimes. Other legendary performers to record at the hall include Julie Andrews who recorded the musical Rose Marie in 1958, Leonard Bernstein, who wrote the music for West Side Story and Eileen Joyce who played the famous Rachmaninoff music from Brief Encounter.

Benjamin Britten recording Peter Grimes / Decca

Image: Nationaal Archief, the Dutch National Archives

R E B I RTH O F A VENUE The Rolling Stones played WAH17 on their first ever UK Tour, while the Sex Pistols were discovered on this very stage by Tony Wilson from Factory Records.

Other notable British musical acts to grace the WAH17 stage include: The Stranglers, Iron Maiden, New Order, Bauhaus, Sandy Denny, Ronnie Scott, The Wedding Present and Hawkwind.

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The versatile space has a capacity of 1400, made up of 1200 standing downstairs and 228 seating/standing in the balcony. The versatile space has a capacity of 1400, made up of Capacit y 1200 standing downstairs and M a ximum overall: 1400 in the 228 seating/standing Downstairs Theatre St yle Seating: 900 balcony. Balcony Seating: 228 Standing Downstairs: 1200

Capacit y Area 1400 MaFoyer ximum overall: 2 x TicketTheatre BoothsSt yle Seating: 900 Downstairs Balcony Seating: 228 Jubilee Room + Projector: 80 standing Standing Downstairs: 1200 3 x Modern Bathrooms Foyer Area Main Hall 2 xMain Ticket Booths bar and pop up bar Jubilee Room Lighting & + PAProjector: system 80 standing 3 x Modern Bathrooms

Grand Piano (onstage) Cloak room

Main Hall Main bar and pop up bar Back stage Lighting & PA system Modern Industrial Grand Piano (onstage)Kitchen M ale and Female Dressing Room Cloakroom

L arge Backstage Green Room

Back stage Modern Industrial Kitchen Male and Female Dressing Room L arge Backstage Green Room

For more information contact the Forest Venues team on: / 020 8496 8018 / abforestvenues / #wah17

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A musical treasure in the heart of Walthamstow - Grade II listed arts, live music & recording venue