Albert Hall, Manchester

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Albert Hall
Albert Hall, Manchester.jpg
Exterior of venue seen from Peter St (c.2010)
Former namesAlbert Hall and Aston Institute (1910-69)
Brannigans (1999-2011)
Alternative namesAlbert Mission Hall
General information
Status Grade II listed
Architectural style Neo-Baroque
Location Manchester city centre
Address27 Peter St
Manchester M2 5QR
England [1]
Groundbreaking1908 (1908)
Opened1910 (1910)
Renovated2012-14
ClosedJuly 1969 (1969-07)March 1999 (1999-03)
Cost£55,000
($5.64 million in 2018 dollars [2] )
Renovation cost£3.5 million
OwnerTrof Group
Design and construction
Architect W. J. Morley
Main contractorJ. Gerrard and Sons
Other information
Seating capacity2,290
Website
Venue Website

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

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. The city itself is the sixth-largest in the United Kingdom with a population of 545,500 as of 2017, but it lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous built-up area, with a population of 3.2 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

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 to 2011. The second floor, the Chapel Hall, unused since 1969, was renovated in 2012–14 for music concerts. [4]

Methodism Group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity

Methodism, also known as the Methodist movement, is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity which derive their inspiration from the life and teachings of John Wesley. George Whitefield and John's brother Charles Wesley were also significant early leaders in the movement. It originated as a revival movement within the 18th-century Church of England and became a separate denomination after Wesley's death. The movement spread throughout the British Empire, the United States, and beyond because of vigorous missionary work, today claiming approximately 80 million adherents worldwide.

William James Morley

William James Morley FRIBA was an English architect who practised from offices in Bolton, Greater Manchester and Bradford, West Yorkshire

English Heritage charity responsible for the National Heritage Collection of England

English Heritage is a charity that manages over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places. These include prehistoric sites, medieval castles, Roman forts and country houses. The charity states that it uses these properties to ‘bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year’.

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

Anna Calvi British musician

Anna Margaret Michelle Calvi is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her eponymous debut album was released in the United Kingdom in 2011 and earned her the European Border Breakers Award. Furthermore, it was nominated for the Mercury Prize as well as for British Breakthrough Act at the 2012 Brit Awards. Her second album One Breath was released in 2013 through Domino Records and was also nominated for the Mercury Prize. She has been called a virtuoso guitarist, although her first instrument is the violin, in which she has a university degree, and is noted for her powerful, wide ranging operatic voice.

History

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]

Baroque architecture building style of the Baroque era

Baroque architecture is the building style of the Baroque era, begun in late 16th-century Italy, that took the Roman vocabulary of Renaissance architecture and used it in a new rhetorical and theatrical fashion, often to express the triumph of the Catholic Church. It was characterized by new explorations of form, light and shadow, and dramatic intensity. Common features of Baroque architecture included gigantism of proportions; a large open central space where everyone could see the altar; twisting columns, theatrical effects, including light coming from a cupola above; dramatic interior effects created with bronze and gilding; clusters of sculpted angels and other figures high overhead; and an extensive use of trompe-l'oeil, also called "quadratura," with painted architectural details and figures on the walls and ceiling, to increase the dramatic and theatrical effect.

Gothic Revival architecture Architectural movement

Gothic Revival is an architectural movement popular in the Western world that began in the late 1740s in England. Its momentum grew in the early 19th century, when increasingly serious and learned admirers of neo-Gothic styles sought to revive medieval Gothic architecture, in contrast to the neoclassical styles prevalent at the time. Gothic Revival draws features from the original Gothic style, including decorative patterns, finials, lancet windows, hood moulds and label stops.

Terracotta clay-based unglazed or glazed ceramic

Terracotta, terra cotta or terra-cotta, a type of earthenware, is a clay-based unglazed or glazed ceramic, where the fired body is porous. Terracotta is the term normally used for sculpture made in earthenware, and also for various practical uses including vessels, water and waste water pipes, roofing tiles, bricks, and surface embellishment in building construction. The term is also used to refer to the natural brownish orange color of most terracotta, which varies considerably.

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]

General election 2017

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. [10] [11]

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  11. "BBC Newsbeat Debates: The Final Debate from the Albert Hall".