Southampton Guildhall

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O2 Guildhall Southampton
Night exterior Southampton guildhall.jpg
Exterior at night
O2 Guildhall Southampton is located in Southampton
O2 Guildhall Southampton
O2 Guildhall Southampton
O2 Guildhall in Southampton
Former namesSouthampton Guildhall (1937-2013)
AddressW Marlands Rd
Southampton SO14 7LP
LocationCivic Centre
Coordinates50°54′29″N 1°24′22″W / 50.908154°N 1.406003°W / 50.908154; -1.406003Coordinates: 50°54′29″N 1°24′22″W / 50.908154°N 1.406003°W / 50.908154; -1.406003
OwnerSouthampton City Council
(operated by Live Nation UK)
Opened13 February 1937 (1937-02-13)

Southampton Guildhall (branded the O2 Guildhall Southampton) is a multipurpose venue in the Civic Centre in Southampton, England. The grade II* listed building was originally a town hall. There are three venues in the Guildhall catering for various event formats: the Guildhall, the Solent Suite and a lecture theatre.[1]


The Guildhall was designed to complement the rest of the Civic Suite and opened on 13 February 1937. It houses a large pipe organ which was built into it from new. The organ has two distinct consoles: a classical concert organ and a theatre organ. The consoles share the same body of approximately 4,000 pipes which are housed in chambers above the proscenium arch. It was the largest organ made by its builder, John Compton.[2]

It was the location of the recording of Nicola Benedetti's 2012 album, The Silver Violin.[citation needed]

On 7 October 2013, the venue was renamed to the O2 Guildhall Southampton, due to partnership between Live Nation UK and O2 Telefónica.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Southampton Guildhall Webpage
  2. ^ "Unique Compton pipe organ". Unique Compton pipe organ. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Southampton Guildhall renaming 'cheapens' venue". BBC News Online. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.