The Primrose Potter Salon is a beautiful, flexible space that is perfect for intimate concerts, recordings, talks, receptions and dining. The tesselated timber lined walls feature an inscription of a section of graphic score by Australian composer Percy Grainger, which exquisitely links writing, music and ornament.
Admire the transformational quality of the Primrose Potter Salon as it metamorphoses from a traditional theatre-style, to an immersive in-the-round experience to the relaxed and atmospheric Cabaret mode. Reflecting the diverse and extensive range of performances we offer, the beauty, intimacy and warmth of the Primrose Potter Salon is a unique and exciting performance space.
The inclusion of a smaller space supports and furthers Melbourne Recital Centre’s commitment to presenting emerging and upcoming artists as we can provide an acoustically and aesthetically excellent performance space for the events that attract a smaller number of patrons. With a seating capacity of approximately 130 people, the Primrose Potter Salon is the ideal space for an intimate and exclusive musical experience.
On Friday 23 August 2019, Queen of Avant-Garde Piano Margaret Leng Tan gifted Melbourne Recital Centre copies of her lauded 1971 thesis ‘The free music of Percy Grainger’ to mark the Centre’s 10th Anniversary. You can read more about Margaret and her thesis in this article.
The Salon is a flat floor space, located on Ground / Street Level.
For most events, the auditorium contains no stairs, however for some cabaret style events, there may be one step required to access certain tables towards the back.
All events are general admission.
Please advise the Box Office of any special access requirements when booking.
Seats on an aisle generally have an armrest attached and Wheelchair spaces are available in areas that do not restrict the view of other audience members.
Access to dressing rooms contains no stairs and dressing rooms are located within 20 metres of the auditorium.
There are accessible toilets located on either side of the Ground Level foyer.
Key service signs in the venue are also presented in Braille.
How To Get Here
The Sturt Street entrance of the Centre is the safest place for taxis to pick up and drop off. Our team can assist in calling a taxi for you.
Metlink Melbourne provides extensive information about public transport services including timetables and routes. You can contact them at metlinkmelbourne.com.au and 131 638.
The nearest tram stop is Stop 17 (Route 1), located directly outside the Centre on Sturt St. This is a platform tram stop providing level access to low floor trams, passenger shelter and protection from traffic. Melbourne Recital Centre is a short walk down Southbank Boulevard (approximately 200 metres).
You can also take routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 or 72 and alight at Stop 16, outside the National Gallery of Victoria and walk to the Centre via Southbank Boulevard.
The nearest station is Flinders Street, located approximately 10 minutes walk from the Centre.
Melbourne Bus Link operates three routes along Southbank Boulevard: Route 216, 219 and 220.
The free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs in a loop through Melbourne’s CBD every 15 minutes, and stops at the corner of Southbank Blvd and Kavanagh Street (Stop 10).
You can choose from a variety of conveniently located car parks when attending events at the Centre. The two closest car parks are:
- Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park (enter from Sturt Street) – 150 metres north along Sturt Street (p: 03 9281 8012)
- The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park (2 Kavanagh Street) – 150 metres north along Sturt Street, then left into Kavanagh Street
Parking for people with a disability is available in both Sturt Street and Dodds Steet, and also available at all major car parks in the vicinity, including Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park and The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park.
Dropping Off/Picking Up
The safest place to pick up and drop off passengers is the Sturt Street entrance of the Centre, away from the busy intersection.
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