I just read on Twitter @se1 that the mdc music shop at the Royal Festival Hall has closed, to be replaced by 'YO! Sushi'. No problem with that per se; I just find it sad that the RFH of all places, home to four of the world's finest orchestras and arguably one of the most famous music venues internationally, should not have a music shop at all.
I agree, Foyles is an excellent addition to the South Bank. It's just that the National Theatre and the BFI next door have very good specialist shops with books and DVDs aimed at readers with a serious interest in theatre and film. The same applies to the bookshops in Tate Modern and the Design Museum. It would be great if the RFH could offer something similar for classical music, perhaps in partnership with Foyles.
Are MDC keeping a presence in the RFH foyer with limited pre-concert opening hours? That was what one of the staff thought a month ago, but the sad decline of the whole MDC chain over the last couple of years makes me unsure.
I wonder if relocating the sore from the foyer to the river side has given it it's final push? Do the people going to concerts pass by the riverside with the restaurants?
Some maybe but I dare guessing not the majority. In the foyer their presence was much stronger I think, and the sales area much smaller and cheaper I would imagine.