No matter which concert you choose, from orchestral to the more intimate recital, the sound in our Grand Hall will be breathtaking. The traditional shoebox style auditorium is renowned throughout the world for having some of the finest acoustics.
Our elegant and spectacular Hall provides the focus for Glasgow’s Centre for Music. Dating from as far back as 1841, it is the city’s oldest, but most well loved, purpose built performance and meeting space.
This exciting music complex also houses top class rehearsal, recording, broadcasting and webcasting facilities. As a hub of creativity, a jam-packed programme of public workshops and classes has already benefited everyone from babies, toddlers and school groups to amateur and professional musicians.
What a pleasure to make recordings in this Hall! Not only are the acoustics marvellous for concerts but they are particularly good for recording. Thank you also for the services which the new hall provides so freely!
Sir Charles Mackerras
Our resident orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, adds to the hive of activity, as we host its continuing series of events and performances. City Halls also provides a regular Glasgow performance base for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Add to this the Scottish Music Centre, a one-stop shop with information for anyone interested in music, and you should look no further for all your musical needs!
The new City Hall has proved an acoustic winner. I’ve now lost count of critical colleagues from London papers who have been gaga at the quality of sound in the place.
Michael Tumelty, The Herald
Did you know?
- After years of wear and tear, the venue closed in 2003 for an extensive £15 million refurbishment, re-opening to great acclaim in 2006
- The Grand Hall is a traditional style auditorium with raked seating and a balcony ñ it accommodates up to 1,036 people, although the largest audience was 3,500 back in 1843
- The stage can accommodate an orchestra of over 90 and there are choir seats for 110
- During the refurbishment, the venue’s windows, which had been blocked off for more than 50 years, were uncovered allowing light to flood into the auditorium
- Many famous names have appeared here over the years, including Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Billy Connolly and Dr David Livingstone
- World renowned pianist Alfred Brendel actually requested he perform here in 2008, as part of the International Classical Season, as he had heard about the venue’s fabulous acoustics
- The City Halls Learning Programme is organised by Glasgow’s Concert Halls with support from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Music Centre, Celtic Connections, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Glasgow City Council
- We are the home of the ‘Merchant Voices’ ñ the City Halls community choir, which is open to everyone regardless of musical background or ability. The choir enjoys rehearsing a wide range of repertoire, covering all musical styles and some of its members have already performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.