A leading entertainment venue just outside of London, Watford Colosseum is managed by the UK’s second largest theatre operator, HQ Theatres. The Colosseum is primarily known for its acoustic value, where an analysis carried out in 2009 ranked it as one of the best in Europe for sound quality. This made it an enviable recording spot, spawning soundtracks for The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars trilogy and everyone’s favourite musical, The Sound of Music. The venue has further attracted big names to its stage, with live musical performances from renowned artists such as Elton John, Oasis and Genesis, and a variety of popular comedians, including the beloved Irishman Dara O’Briain and merry Manc’ Jason Manford. It is now frequented by the talented BBC Concert Orchestra, who are stationed at the Colosseum and often use the site to play their world-record, time-honoured live music programme broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Unsurprisingly, Watford Colosseum was designed by an Acoustician, Hope Bagenal along with architect, Charles Cowles-Voysey, which perhaps explains how to building’s construct lends to its world-class sound. The Colosseum underwent refurbishment in 2011 to offer more seating, better views and improved facilities, yet retain the 1930s charm and acoustic virtue. In 2017, the British Plaque Trust and a medley of BBC Local Radio stations awarded the Colosseum with a Blue Plaque, marking its commitment to impressive acoustics and contribution to music. It also achieved its goal of being a venue suitable for catering large events, offering flexibility and a novel setting for weddings, conferences and exhibitions.