Your guide to opera and concerts across the country
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.