One of Manchester’s most important cultural buildings, when the Bridgewater Hall opened in 1996 it marked the beginning of a period when the city sloughed off its post-industrial skin in favour of new builds and new ambition. The international concert hall was funded, to the tune of £42m, by Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Development Corporation. The gamble – to fund the creation of one of the finest concert halls in Europe – paid off.
Today the hall is home to The Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the Hallé Choir and the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir. It stages around 250 performances each year and attracts the biggest names in classical music. It’s not hard to see why. Purpose-built, the hall was designed around its acoustic needs: it floats on 280, earthquake-proof isolation springs that mute all external noise – handy given the trams rattling past outside. It also houses a £1.2m pipe organ, whose 5,500 pipes cover the entire back wall of the auditorium.
Lower Mosley Street
Telephone: 0844 907 9000
- Opening Hours
- Admission Charges
- Services and Facilities
- Children and Families
- Commercial and hire services
10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 12pm-8pm Sun (Closed on non-concert Sundays)
Free/see specific concerts for prices
Services and Facilities
Concerts, guided tours, shop, bar, café, restaurant
Children and Families
Family-friendly concerts and events
Wheelchair access to all public areas, Bridgewater Hall Access Scheme
Commercial and hire services
Available for hire
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