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Get yer strings out for the lads

BBC Philharmonic to perform at free concert in Salford Lads’ Club's restored Edwardian Concert Hall

Published on September 9th 2009.

Get yer strings out for the lads

A BBC Philharmonic string quartet, will be performing at the Salford Lads’ Club to celebrate the completion of its Edwardian Concert Hall.

The concert will feature English string music from the early 1900s including music by Elgar, Britten Frank Bridge and Purcell in a celebration of the Club’s heritage

The Salford Lads’ Club, made famous by Manchester band The Smiths, who posed outside the building for the album sleeve The Queen Is Dead, has been a centre for the community for more than 100 years.

In January 2009 Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company (URC), agreed to assist with the refurbishment of the concert hall as part of their wider programme of community regeneration.

On Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September the Salford Lads’ Club will be open to the public as part of English Heritage Open Days programme. As part of the weekend of activity, Central Salford URC has collaborated with the club and the BBC Philharmonic to mark the important restoration work with an event in the concert hall.

A special concert by the Marchini Quartet, all members of the BBC Philharmonic, will be open, free of charge, to 130 members of the public on a first come, first serve basis.

The concert will feature English string music from the early 1900s including music by Elgar, Britten Frank Bridge and Purcell in a celebration of the Club’s heritage. Salford Lads’ Club first opened in August 1903 and is listed as the best example of a pre WW1 Lads’ Club in England.

Chris Farrow, chief executive of Central Salford URC, said: “Salford Lads’ Club is a fine example of Edwardian architecture and has been a focus for the community in Salford for more than a century.

“This event is a celebration of the completion of the concert hall and the relocation of the BBC Philharmonic to Salford. This looks set to be a great occasion and we are proud to support it.”

Richard Wigley, General Manager of BBC Philharmonic, added: “It is a pleasure for us to play in such an iconic building and hopefully, to bring music to some new audiences. I hope everyone will enjoy this concert and indeed the many other concerts we hope to bring to this delightful Edwardian concert hall in the future.”

The event, on Sunday, will start at 2pm with guests seated at 2.15pm for the concert at 2.30pm. The concert will run for 45 minutes and afternoon tea will be served at the end. There will also be an exhibition of photographer Stephen Wright’s work, including the photograph he took of the Smiths outside Salford Lads’ Club – which is part of the National Portrait Gallery Collection and hangs in Manchester Art Gallery.

For more information please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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