Is the story of one man ‘s uncompromising ambition to create an alternative concert venue. A concert hall, where the musical life can unfold itself in a perfect intimate setting that brings the music on its own premises. The concert hall also serve as a multifunctional building where music is combined with and complemented by other events, thus bringing music to people’s everyday lives.
The old building is from 1901 and was originally a barn building and the gate house for Hertz Book Manufacturer. The main building is now the headquarter of the Danish design brand Vipp. In what is now the concert hall stood the horses and horse wagons stabled and parked ready to bring books and prints to the citizens and businesses in Copenhagen.
Since then, the building has undergone many changes, and for a long period it housed car workshops and car painter companies. The old garages are now the “Small hall”, where guests can enjoy a glass of wine during the concert break.
Architects Frank Maali and Gemma Lalanda have in the restoration work led the building back to its original appearance, and the restored barn doors, now beautifully frame the glass sections toward the court yard. The lobby is the original paving is restored and creates a fusion between the raw outdoor atmosphere and the warm, friendly hospitality inside. Everything is dramatized by the beautiful, red staircase that breaks the foyer’s simple appearance.
Acoustician Jan Voetmann has created a beautiful and spacious sound without altering the building’s original appearance. The beautiful gallery is added, and the iron girders, which are the building’s backbone, have had their own lives, and integrates seamlessly into a concert hall expressions.
Below: Enjoy the photos from 2004.
Mogens Dahl is a Danish conductor, founder and owner of Mogens Dahl Concert Hall and conductor of Mogens Dahl Chamber.
Graduated 1983 as a conductor. Has taught at the Conservatory in Aarhus and Aalborg University. From 1991 he was choirmaster at the Danish National Opera.
He has also directed TV and radio productions and theatrical productions at Aarhus Theatre, The Other Opera, Staatstheater Kassel Opernhaus, the Funen Opera and Stockholm Opera among others.
In 2005, Mogens Dahl realized the dream of opening his own concert hall. It was the beginning of Mogens Dahl Concert Hall, operated as the sole private concert hall for classical music in Scandinavia. He also directs his own professional chamber choir.
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir has established itself on the Danish scene with a series of CD releases and tours and concerts in Denmark and abroad, including an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah in Holmen’s Church in Copenhagen.
Mogens Dahl is also often active outside Denmark. Both on tours with his own professional choir and as a guest conductor in many contexts.
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