Bradford's St George's Hall 160th birthday to be marked with back-stage tours (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford's St George's Hall 160th birthday to be marked with back-stage tours
Visitors will be invited backstage at St George’s Hall to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the concert venue.
The Bradford concert hall officially opened its doors on August 29, 1853. The opening was conducted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, with the Earl of Harewood, and celebrated with a music festival and series of concerts.
As part of the 160th anniversary celebrations, St George’s Hall will be open to the public on Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15, between 11am and 5pm. Visitors will have chance to join back-stage tours, take part in family activities and browse through archive material on display.
An exhibition organised for the heritage weekend features programmes, playbills, newspaper clippings, photographs, plans and leaflets, some loaned by local people and others sourced from Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries and West Yorkshire Archive Services.
Originally built as a public performance space for “notable speakers and performers”, St George’s Hall has attracted some big names over its history, from Charles Dickens to Canadian rocker Bryan Adams. In 2011 a state-of-the-art house sound system was installed, and this year saw the installation of a new house lighting system. Levels of lighting have also been increased.
The venue is popular with entertainers who have performed there. Last year Jools Holland, a regular at St George’s Hall with his Rhythm and Blues Band, told the Telegraph & Argus: “It’s one of my favourites. If we were going to do a tour DVD I’d want it filmed there.
“It’s like an old music hall, there’s something Wild West about it too. You can’t beat playing somewhere that’s seen lots of different performers over the years.”
Comedian Reginald D Hunter tweeted about the venue: “… an incredible building, if you haven’t seen it, make sure you try and see a show there!”
The venue has been used for filming, with recent TV shows including Sky 1’s Great Little Britons which followed musicians who travel to St George’s Hall for the annual Yorkshire Brass Band competition; BBC1’s The Choir with Gareth Malone; the BBC’s filming of Bang Goes the Theory Live as part of the British Science Festival which took place in Bradford in 2011; and BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are featuring Liverpool comic John Bishop.
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