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13. City Halls Where: Glas­gow Opened: 1841 Seats: 1,066

Sit­u­ated close to the heart of Glas­gow, City Halls has wel­comed some pres­ti­gious visi­tors in years gone by. De­signed by Scot­tish ar­chi­tect Ge­orge Mur­ray, the main hall opened in

1841 for the pur­pose of hold­ing con­certs and other large-scale events. Au­thor Charles Dick­ens came here in the 19th cen­tury, as did ri­val politi­cians and PMS Ben­jamin Dis­raeli and Wil­liam Glad­stone

The build­ing that Dis­raeli, Dick­ens and co. saw would, how­ever, have looked very dif­fer­ent from the venue ad­mired by con­cert-go­ers to­day. From 2003-06,

City Halls en­joyed a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment, in­clud­ing ma­jor im­prove­ments to the sight­lines and acous­tics.

The win­dows were also un­blocked, al­low­ing nat­u­ral light to f lood in. It now serves as the home base of the BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, which makes full use of its state-of-theart fa­cil­i­ties for re­hearsals, con­certs – many of which are broad­cast on BBC Ra­dio 3 – and record­ings

Next door, you’ll find the Old Fruit­mar­ket, an old cov­ered mar­ket whose at­mo­spheric sur­round­ings are to­day used as a venue for jazz and folk con­certs, plus the oc­ca­sional con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal mu­sic per­for­mance.

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