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In contrast to the iconic interior today the Hall was being decorated right up to the last minute of its official opening by HM Queen Victoria. No colour scheme had been approved or been able to have been put in place in time, so the Hall was an array of white distempered walls.
Despite these more than 8000 people packed into to see the opening concert which included world premieres of 'A Biblical Cantata' by Sir Michael Costa and John Oxenford.
Image is a reproduction of the poster from 1871.