Town Hall off-limits for Hobbit scoring

The public has essentially lost access to Wellington's Town Hall while the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra records the score for the second Hobbit movie.

The orchestra last month cancelled its Heights of Passion tour to free up time to record the score.

In a public notice today, Wellington City Council announced ''strict security'' was in place at the Town Hall from now until the end of next month while the orchestra records the film score.

There will be no public access during this time, the notice said.

Those with a meeting in Mayor Celia Wade-Brown's office or using any other rooms in the building have to go to the Michael Fowler Centre reception, from where they will be escorted to the Town Hall.

Following recording of the score, the Town Hall is expected to close while the century-old venue undergoes $43.7 million of earthquake strengthening.

The Dominion Post