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Get ready for a season of singers, saxophones, trumpets and trombones as we present Sunday Jazz, held each month at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Middlesbrough Sunday Jazz will showcase the best jazz talent from the North East and across the UK, from soloists like pianist Gwilym Simcock to large scale line-ups like the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

For the full programme please visit:

https://issuu.com/lovemiddlesbrough/docs/middlesbrough_town_hall_jazz_2019 


Middlesbrough Town Hall was officially opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on 23 January 1889, but our story begins long before that.

A competition to design the Town Hall building was launched in 1882, and in 1883, architect G.G. Hoskins’ ‘Law and Order’ design was chosen as the winner. Hoskins was almost entirely responsible for the architectural design of Victorian Darlington, and would have been well-known in the architecture community.

Not wasting any time, the new Town Hall’s foundation stone was laid on 24 October 1883.

Much like today, the Town Hall had two very different uses. Part of the building was given over to the municipal functions needed to keep the town running, and the other part established itself as a respected entertainment venue.

THE HEART OF CIVIC LIFE

The Town Hall housed the Mayor and staff of the Middlesbrough Corporation (the forerunner to Middlesbrough Council), as well as the police station and cells, courtroom, library, water board office, and fire station.

It was very much at the heart of civic life. Hotels, pubs, offices and shops transformed the area into the commercial heart of Middlesbrough, which continues to this day.

Middlesbrough continued to expand, and many of the original functions of the Town Hall required new headquarters. The spaces that these functions left behind were repurposed where possible, often becoming new offices or storage, and many of them were lost to public life.

The Town Hall has also hosted many important civic functions over the years, including royal visits, galas, and university graduations.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Middlesbrough Town Hall’s reputation as a respected entertainment venue began with the grand concert hall, which featured a custom-built organ by the prestigious William Hill and Son.

Performers from across the world flocked to the Town Hall, including the Russian virtuoso pianist, Sergei Rachmaninov, who appeared not once but twice, in 1911 and 1939; Dame Nellie Melba; Johann Strauss, and Sir Edward Elgar with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Over the years, the Town Hall has also played host to many great names in music, including blues guitar legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Oasis, Bowie, The Clash, AC/DC, and Robbie Williams.

RESTORATION

In April 2016, we closed our doors for almost two years to undertake a £7.7m refurbishment, funded by Middlesbrough Council and the Heritage Fund.

After operating as a pillar of the local community for over 125 years, the Town Hall has undergone extensive renovations, restoring rarely seen elements of the Grade II listed building, and allowing its rich narrative to continue.

The renovations have seen the grand concert hall restored to its former glory, as well as the opening up of fascinating areas that haven’t been seen by the public in decades. These areas include the old police cells, courtroom, and fire station, as well as the spectacular carriage driveway.

WATCH AND LISTEN selected music videos

Julia Biel – Live from the church

 

Motherboard Pinball

 

Watch and Listen – Loucin

 

VOTI – Newcastle Jazz Festival 2021

 

VOTI – Robert Mitchell’s 50th Birthday Concert

 

VOTI – Julian Siegel: Tales from the Jacquard

 

APPJAG Review of Jazz in England

 

Watch and Listen – Deemer #2

 

Watch and Listen – Queen Mab

 

Watch and Listen – Deemer

 

Watch and Listen – Ivo Neame

 

Watch and Listen – Eliza Oakes

 

Watch and Listen – Isobella Burnham

 

Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES

 

Yazz Ahmed In Conversation

 

Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES

 

Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 2

 

Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 1

 

Watch and Listen – DJ Ritu

 

- click here to add events, both online and in-person

Art Themen Quartet

 
Jan 21, 2022
  The Bulls Head

Komodo Horns + Francesca Confortini

 
Jan 19, 2022
  Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho)

Sarah Moule & Simon Wallace Valentine’s Day – Love Go Round

 
Feb 14, 2022
  The Pheasantry, PizzaExpress King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4UT

Hannah Horton Quartet

 
Feb 27, 2022
  Colchester Arts Jazz Club

NEW GENERATION JAZZ FESTIVAL WEEKENDER

 
Feb 4, 2022
  Ropetackle

TERTIA MAY

 
Jan 27, 2022
  The Jazz Cafe

GOAT GIRL + PVA

 
Jan 18, 2022
  The Roundhouse

Julian Costello Quartet

 
Jan 20, 2022
  Spice of Life

Momentum

 
Jan 20, 2022
  The Bulls Head

PRIYA RAGU

 
Apr 21, 2022
  Scala

Dom Pipkin & The Ikos Trio

 
Jan 20, 2022
  Boston Room at George IV

Jazz In The Round – Celebrating 10 Years

 
Jan 31, 2022
  The Cockpit

LOS BITCHOS

 
Mar 2, 2022
  Scala

Vasilis Xenopoulos Dexterity Quintet

 
Jan 28, 2022
  The Progress Theatre

COLECTIVA

 
Feb 4, 2022
  The Jazz Cafe

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