Tuesday, 28 February 2012

St George's Hall, Bradford

St George's Concert Hall is a grade II listed Victorian building located in the centre of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Originally designed with a seating capacity of 3,500, the Hall seats 1500 people.

St George's Hall is the oldest Concert Hall still in use in the United Kingdom and the third oldest in the whole of Europe. German Jewish wool Merchants who had moved to Bradford because of it's textile industry financed the building of St George's Hall. Jacob Moser being instrumental in its construction.

The building's design, by Henry Francis Lockwood and William Mawson, was chosen from more than twenty-two designs submitted during an 1849 competition. Built of ashlar sandstone masonry in neoclassical style, the building was opened on 29 August 1853. The interior underwent extensive remodelling after World War II and again after fires in the 1980s.
The venue has hosted many of the worlds top performers over the years including Iron Maiden, Metallica, INXS, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, Kiss amongst others, and for a time in the 1980s and early 1990s was a major venue for touring international bands before the development of the Sheffield Arena

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