Newcastle City Hall


City Hall is located on Northumberland Road, Newcastle. It was designed by Nicholas & Dixon-Spain and opened in 1927. A Harrison and Harrison organ, with over 4,000 pipes was installed in 1928 for choral and orchestral concerts and organ recitals. City Hall became a major venue for orchestras, rock and pop bands, comedy acts, and civic functions. City Hall is adjacent to Northumberland Baths ('City Baths') and together are a Grade II listed building.

Newcastle City Hall is a concert hall located in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It has hosted many popular music and classical artists throughout the years, as well as standup and comedy acts. Opened in 1927, the City Hall was built as a part of a development which also included the adjacent City Pool. It has since become a venue for orchestras, rock and pop bands, and comedy acts, as well as for celebrity recitals, talks and civic functions.

Organ

In 1928, to create the city's first dedicated concert venue, a Harrison and Harrison organ was built. A concert instrument, as opposed to a cathedral specification, it has been used for choral and orchestral concerts as well as organ recitals. It has 4,274 pipes, with a number of unique stops and has been described as "A Rolls-Royce" of organs.

The organ is currently in a poor state of repair, although as a result of its neglect, the instrument is probably the last and largest example of a Harrison tubular-pneumatic action (most other large organs were converted to electro-pneumatic action after World War II). The organ is also unusual in that it is unaltered, as most comparable organs have been modified, added-to or revoiced.

The British Institute of Organ Studies awarded it a Grade 1 Historic Organ Certificate in 2003, and it is classified as part of the hall's Grade II status.

Closure threat

In November 2012, Newcastle City Council announced that, as part of a wider cost-cutting process, the future of the City Hall and the adjacent City Pool is under review, with a number of options being considered including closure or handing over the venue to an external operator. Council leader Nick Forbes pre-empted the outcome of the consulations process by stating that the City Hall has "No long-term future". In response, a 13,000 name petition against closure was presented to Newcastle City Council on 31 January 2013 by members of the Facebook 'North East Music History Group'. The City Pool has since closed, although the City Hall remains open.

In April 2016 it was announced that the Theatre Royal Trust had taken over management of the venue.

Noted musical acts

In 1981, Motörhead recorded the majority of the tracks for their live album, No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, at the City Hall. The album was #1 on the UK billboard charts for almost 2 months following its release that year. That same year, Slade performed and recorded their show, which was later released as a live album, entitled Slade on Stage. Emerson, Lake and Palmer recorded their live album, Pictures at an Exhibition, there on 26 March 1971.

The Animals reunited and performed there for a one-off performance in 1968, after lead vocalist Eric Burdon disbanded them and formed a new version of the band.

In July 1970, Lindisfarne made their debut appearance at Newcastle City Hall. In December 1976, as a one-off gig, Lindisfarne played three sell-out concerts in the City Hall. This was repeated in the following years as Lindisfarne got back together, with 132 shows in total at the venue.

In December 2013, Jacka (Ray Jackson Art) will be performing with a new lineup of Lindisfarne, as part of the efforts to keep Newcastle City Hall as a music venue.

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