Albert Hall, Manchester

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Coordinates: 53°28′42″N 2°14′53″W / 53.47826°N 2.24793°W / 53.47826; -2.24793

Albert Hall
Albert Hall, Manchester.jpg
Exterior of venue seen from Peter St (c.2010)
Former names Albert Hall and Aston Institute (1910-69)
Brannigans (1999-2011)
Alternative names Albert Mission Hall
General information
Status Grade II listed
Architectural style Neo-Baroque
Location Manchester city centre
Address 27 Peter St
Manchester M2 5QR
England[1]
Groundbreaking 1908 (1908)
Opened 1910 (1910)
Renovated 2012-14
Closed July 1969 (1969-07)—March 1999 (1999-03)
Cost £55,000
($5.27 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Renovation cost £3.5 million
Owner Trof Group
Design and construction
Architect W. J. Morley
Main contractor J. Gerrard and Sons
Other information
Seating capacity 2,290
Website
Venue Website

The Albert Hall is a music venue in Manchester, England.

Built as a Methodist central hall in 1908 by the architect William James Morley of Bradford and built by J. Gerrard & Sons Ltd of Swinton, it has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[3] The main floor was used as a nightclub from 1999-2011. The second floor, the Chapel Hall, unused since 1969, was renovated in 2012–14 for music concerts.[4].

The venue hosted a few events towards the end of 2013. It officially reopened 6 February 2014, with a performance by Anna Calvi.

History[edit]

The hall was designed in eclectic style with Baroque and Gothic elements for the Wesleyan Mission in 1908. A meeting hall is on the first floor with a horseshoe gallery, sloping floor and coloured glass rooflights. The finely detailed terracotta is formed into large windows at gallery level, and the interior is abundant in floral decoration in the plaster work and glazed tiles.[5][6]

In the 1990s, the lower two floors were converted into a nightclub called Brannigans which closed in 2011.[7] The hall was refurbished and re-opened in 2013 by Trof, a local independent bar and live music company.[8][9]

Performances[edit]

The following is an alphabetical list of some of the notable musicians who have performed at the Albert Hall over the years.[10]

General election 2017[edit]

On 6 June 2017, the Albert Hall hosted BBC Newsbeat Debates: The Final Debate ahead of the UK General Election two days later.

Tina Daheley chaired audience questions for Jonathan Bartley, Sarah Champion, Fflur Elin, Kate Forbes, David Kurten, Brian Paddick, and Nadhim Zahawi.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albert Hall Address". 
  2. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Albert Memorial Hall (1246727)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Albert Hall". Manchester International Festival. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Deansgate/Peter Street Conservation Area". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Inside the Albert Hall, Manchester". skyliner.org. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brannigans closes: a city mourns". Manchester Confidential. 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Trof To Run Brannigans And Green Room". Manchester Confidential. 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Official Albert Hall ticket agent 
  10. ^ Sources for performance history:
  11. ^ "BBC Newsbeat Debates: The Final Debate from the Albert Hall". 
  12. ^ "BBC Newsbeat Debates: The Final Debate from the Albert Hall".