Water damage in Brussels’ Academy of Music

Water damage has rendered the concert hall in the Brussels Royal Academy of Music unusable. All concerts planned for the coming week have been cancelled. The concert hall is a listed building. Those in charge at the Academy discovered on Tuesday that the glass roof above the concert hall was allowing water from melting snow through into the hall.

Water has fallen onto seating and the stage of the historic concert hall. Technicians from the Academy put plastic sheeting under the roof and placed buckets to catch any water that seeped into the hall.

In order to ensure the comfort of the public and performers, all concerts planned for the Brussels Royal Academy of Music concert hall have been cancelled for the coming week at the very least.

Experts will now assess the extent of the damage. Management at the Academy fear that the frost forecast to last until the end of the week could extensive damage in the places where water has already seeped in.

Whether or not concerts can be held in the hall again depends on the results of the experts’ damage assessment.

The not-for-profit association vzw Conservamus that has been campaigning for the renovation of the historic building in which the Royal Academy of Music is housed told the VRT that “This is just one of a long list of incidents.”

"It poses a new threat to an already badly neglected building. The water damage shows that action by politicians is urgently needed to make a start on the renovation of the conservatorium.”