City Hall gets set to celebrate 80th birthday

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This September, Sheffield City Hall celebrates its 80th Birthday with a special programme of events.

Built by the people of Sheffield with Darley Dale stone, Sheffield City Hall first opened its doors on September 22 1932, by Lord Mayor T H Watkins, and has since become one of the cities most iconic landmarks.

City Hall has an extensive legacy where entertainment, and in particular music, is concerned and it continues to be an exciting entertainment and arts venue. Many world famous artists have appeared at City Hall as well as providing a home for a diverse range of local and community events. To commemorate this momentous occasion, City Hall is set to host a series of events, which celebrate and reflect the hall’s illustrious history.

September starts with dancing in the Ballroom, which has kept countless generations entertained from the 1930s right up to the Tea Dances that still thrive to this day. Keith Roe’s Big Band Ballroom Dance on Saturday September 1 kicks everything off and is followed by a Ritz inspired early evening Tea at the Ritz for all those who want to embrace a little glamour on Saturday September 15.

One of the City Hall’s longest running night clubs in the 90’s, DROP returns for a special one off evening with alternative, indie & rock music taking over the Ballroom on Friday 14th September. Following this, Saturday 15 welcomes the return of Brighton Beach for a weekend that is set to take you back.

Classical Music has been performed at City Hall since the day it opened and the City Hall’s orchestra in residence, the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder perform a special birthday concert on Saturday September 29 where they will recreate original works from the opening concert in 1932. The Hallé will be joined by Lesley Garrett who will sing a selection of songs and arias.

Other special events include the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra who perform exactly 80 years to the day, on Saturday 22nd September. They’ll be staging works by some of the most influential British composers of the 20th Century with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Nordoff Robbins.

Meanwhile on the same weekend, Toby Foster’s Last Laugh Comedy Club celebrates 20 years in the business and will be combining forces with the 80th birthday for a special weekend of comedy on September 21, 22.

It is also fitting that one Sheffield’s best loved musicians, Richard Hawley will play what is sure to be another legendary concert in the City Hall’s music history, on the same weekend of the actual Birthday celebrations.

As well as musicians and comedians taking to the stage, the City Hall welcomes MADE Festival, the country’s biggest and most inspiring festival of entrepreneurship. Having garnered an award winning reputation for hosting some of the most prestigious business events in the country City Hall supports local entrepreneurs and businesses into the venue during the festival.

With more to announce, the City Hall will also be celebrating its extensive history with a Birthday Book commissioned and written by local author Neil Anderson, which will launch in September.

In addition to the birthday events, the foyer will display past memorabilia, customers can explore behind the scenes with back stage tours, take part in the food festival competition for up and coming chefs and much more.

For more information about this special celebration visit Sheffield City Hall