Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is an arts venue in Scotland that is the centre of cultural activity in Glasgow and the region that showcases everything from the classics to modern music, theater and concerts whilst embracing a variety of music genres. The theater was intended as a replacement for the one that burned down in the 1960s. Construction was started in 1980 and took ten years to complete, finally opening in 1990 when Glasgow was declared the European Union’s City of Culture that year. The opening of the concert hall marked a turning point in the fortunes of a city that had gone through a period of neglect and urban decay. The event spaces of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall comprise the main auditorium that is its largest performance space, with the capacity to seat an audience of 3,000; the 500-seat Strathclyde Suite; and a 300 seat exhibition hall. In addition, the complex boasts the Buchanan Suite and the Clyde Foyers, the Strathclyde Bar, the VIP room, and other bars and restaurants. >
The concert hall is the home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. It has played host and continues to do so to several orchestras of international repute, famous jazz ensembles, famous divas, opera and ballet performances, rock, pop and country music shows and comedy shows, among other intellectual and entertainment pursuits. The hall’s annual seasonal fare usually features an eclectic collection of famous artistes, trail blazers, orchestras, ensembles, choirs and groups and up-and-coming Scottish performers. One of its most memorable events is the Celtic Connections, which is billed as the world’s largest winter music festival. An 18-day extravaganza of music, talks, art exhibitions, workshops and free events held every January/February that is a celebration of the arts, with participants from all over the world.
With a range of diverse and some of the most outstanding venues in the city, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is well-equipped and able to handle a range of events not only of the musical kind but conferences, club nights, product launches, banquets and weddings among small and large events. Annually, the concerts hall stages 400 concerts and 1,000 other events. Its location at one of Glasgow’s busiest intersections definitely has something to do with it. Operating well known four star UK hotels in several of the country’s important cities, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels UK offers central locations, comfortable accommodation and modern amenities and facilities expected by many of its leisure and business clients. Take advantage of UK hotel specials offered by the group to enjoy a much-needed break or to celebrate a special event.
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