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St George's Hall 170th anniversary events announced


The 170th anniversary of St George’s Hall is being celebrated with a series of events this summer.

The grade I listed Lime Street landmark opened its doors on September 18, 1854 with a three day festival of music which was launched with a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

And music will be an integral part of the SGH170 birthday events which are set to take place between July and September.

The programme includes EONARIUM Enlightenment in the Great Hall from Thursday to Sunday between July 6 and September 29, where visitors can enjoy Vivaldi’s Four Seasons accompanied by spectacular immersive visuals.

The Concert Room is the venue for The Jacaranda Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus on August 1, a comedy night on August 2 featuring Adam Rowe, Josh Pugh, Laura Lexx and compere Sam Avery an The Narrative on August 6.

It will also host The Wombat Jazz Festival on September 1. The all-day event will see performances from Andrew Ibi, David Kayode, plus a headline set from The Grapes Band with Ni Maxine.

Claire McColgan, Director of Culture Liverpool, said: “How lucky are we in Liverpool to have St George’s Hall? It’s one of Britain’s most beautiful buildings and it deserves to be celebrated in a special way.

“It’s also been at the heart of many of Liverpool’s lowest and highest points. Its history is the people’s – it’s where we have come for almost two centuries to protest, to mourn and to celebrate as one.

Above: The Great Hall at St George's Hall with its historic original Minton tiled floor on show.


“That’s why we want the 170th anniversary celebrations to reflect that history and give everyone a cultural journey through the ages with a series of shows that will showcase its magnificence and its significance.

“St George’s Hall belong to us all. It’s yours. and I’m thrilled the programme is going to cater for so many different genres to celebrate that fact.”

And Claire Dove, Chair of St George’s Hall Charitable Trust said: “This outstanding hall is ours; it’s the beating heart of Liverpool. St George’s Hall Charitable Trust exists to make sure that this incredible jewel in our city’s crown will always be preserved for our future generations.

“It’s wonderful to see this vibrant programme welcome new voices and sounds in this magnificent place to usher in the next 170 years."

More details and tickets for events HERE


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