What's On Guide - St George's Hall

From behind the scenes tours to concerts, festivals and fetes and much more, there is something for everyone this season at St George's Hall. The Concert Room with it's gold leaf, mirrors and huge chandelier: Charles Dickens described as 'the most perfect room in the world'. We also have a range of activities provided by our Heritage Centre including tours, talks and exhibitions in our recently opened Basement Galleries.

Forthcoming events & exhibitions

Forthcoming Events

October 2014

The Friends of St George's Hall Tea Dance

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Put on your dancing shoes and join the Friends Of St George's Hall to a wonderful afternoon Tea Dance in the magnificent Great Hall Live music and refreshments provided

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Skool of Horrors

23rd - 25th October 2014 & 29th - 31st October 2014

Skool of Horrors at St Georges Hall spine tingling ghouls for children and schools.

Tours and talks

Journey into Hell

23rd - 25th October 2014 & 29th - 31st October 2014

Welcome to the inferno and the journey through the gates of hell. ADULTS ONLY

Tours and talks

Haunted Sleepover

Friday 31st October 2014

THE TRUE PARANORMAL EXPERIENCE OF LIVERPOOL

Tours and talks

November 2014

Pascal & Ami Rogé piano duo

Tuesday 4th November 2014

For over five decades, Pascal Rogé has brought poetry, wit and an unmistakably Gallic sense of style to the music of Debussy, Bizet and their compatriots. More recently he’s teamed up with his wife Ami to bring the same joyous, exuberant musicality to the repertoire for piano duet, and tonight, these “four hands, two hearts” tackle the Everest of piano duets: the stupendous keyboard version of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Phenomenally difficult and thrillinglyphysical, every performance is anevent: tonight’s may leave youbreathless.

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Organ Recital

Tuesday 11th November 2014

Professor Ian Tracy, City Organist, plays a variety of music transposed for the organ. Prepare to be astonished and delighted by the range of this historic instrument.

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Show of Hands

14th November 2014

If you haven’t heard of Show of Hands by now, where have you been?! Celebrating a remarkable 22 year partnership, Knightley and Beer have sold out the Royal Albert Hall four times and are triple winners at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Best Duo, Best Original Song, Best Live Act). Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they have become one of the acoustic roots scene’s major players, widely recognised for their resonating original songs, stunning musicianship and remarkable audience rapport.

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GARY EDWARD JONES - THE CABINET MAKER

Saturday 15th November 2014

Following in the footsteps of Liverpool’s greatest musicians, Gary Edward Jones, the craftsman with a passion for music is taking the city by storm and introduces his carefully crafted debut album.

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The Secret at Christmas

Friday 21st November - Saturday 13th December 2014

From the producers of the acclaimed "Narnia Experience" comes a new 90 minute walk through experience exploring some of the traditions and festivities of Christmas in the corridors and recently opened catacombs of St Georges Hall

Seasonal activity

Kyung-wha Chung violin & Kevin Kenner piano

22nd November 2014

With some performers, the name is enough: and throughout a performing career that now spans seven decades, Kyung-wha Chung has been a byword for integrity, sensitivity and a shining, effortless virtuosity that quite simply seems to carry all before it. Her recording of César Franck’s beautiful Sonata is an established classic. Tonight, supported by award-winning pianist Kevin Kenner, it’s a tour through four landmarks of the solo violin repertoire – guided by a legend.

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Christmas Line Dance Day

Sunday 23rd November 2014

Come along to a wonderful afternoon of dance in the magnificent Great Hall of St Georges Hall

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Murder at St Georges Hall – Christmas Special

Thursday 27th November 2014

Lovehistory present a fully interactive Murder Mystery dining experience, set within the grandeur of one of the city’s most famous buildings, guests will be wined and dined and will bear witness to murders most foul in an evening filled with deception, intrigue and murder that will leave them baffled. In true “whodunit” style, guests are encouraged to use their powers of deduction to piece together the crime, but be warned as crafty characters will do their best to misguide, deceive and obscure the truth. Guests will question and interrogate each character, piecing together the evidence, and eventually name the person responsible for this most heinous of crimes. It’s down to the guests to catch the killer and decide their fate in this truly bespoke experience.

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Pacifica Quartet

29th November 2014

Combining a dazzling energy with real poetic insight, the award-winning Pacifica Quartet astonished Liverpool audiences on their last visit. Today, they return with a programme featuring Charles Ives’ String QuartetNo.1, which uses his beloved revival and gospel hymns as musical sources, and Bartok’s Sixth Quartet, one of the composer’s most deeply expressive and personal works. And to finish, the work that did more than any other to shape the course of American chamber music, Dvořák’s sweet, swinging and deliciously tuneful Op.96 – a string quartet that sends you home humming!

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Friends of St George's Hall Christmas Lunch

Sunday 30th November 2014

Celebrate Christmas in style with a buffet lunch and dancing to a live band, in the magnificent surroundings of the Great Hall.

Seasonal activity

December 2014

The Winter Arts Market returns!

6th and 7th December 2014

Now in its sixth year, the Winter Arts Market is Merseyside’s largest arts and crafts market. Held in Liverpool’s glorious Grade-I listed St George’s Hall, it’s the perfect place to pick up some truly unique, handmade Christmas gifts for all those hard-to-buy for friends and family.

Suitable for all visitors

The Three Harps of Christmas

11th December 2014

The Three Harps of Christmas, devised by harpist Ruth Wall and composer Graham Fitkin, is an intimate concert paying homage to the Christmas carol.

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Organ Recital (Christmas Carols)

Tuesday 16th December 2014

Professor Ian Tracy, City Organist, plays a variety of music transposed for the organ. Prepare to be astonished and delighted by the range of this historic instrument.

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A Christmas Carol

18th & 19th December 2014

Dickens returns to St Georges Hall in a unique performance of the classic tale “A Christmas Carol” Charles Dickens great great grandson Gerald Dickens will have you gripped from the moment he walks on stage and utters the words “Marley is dead” you are taken through every twist and turn of this classic story, Dickens clearly has the charisma and talent of his grandfather as you are left feeling you have been part of “A Christmas Carol”. This performance received a ‘Hats Off 9/10 from the Liverpool Echo theatre critic, every performance received a standing ovation. Gerald uses no notes and dressed in period costume has a powerful hold on the audience right from the start On stage first will be the fabulous Capriccio Choir (Thursday evening) and the equally fabulous SING ME MERSEYSIDE CHOIR’ conducted by Billy Hui of BBC Radio Merseyside( Friday matinee & evening) who will perform traditional Christmas Carols to get you in the festive mood. This show is very traditional and will embrace the true meaning of Christmas, you are guaranteed to leave the theatre uplifted and full of Christmas cheer.

Suitable for all visitors

January 2015

Ji Liu piano

18th janaury 2015

China is quickly becoming the powerhouse of 21st century piano playing, and signs are that the Shanghai-born Ji Liu may soon acquire a following comparable to Yundi’s or Lang Lang’s. His debut disc PianoReflections – recorded here in Liverpool – has already attracted glowing reviews, and this recital demonstrates the full range of his artistry, from Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata to one of the supreme challenges of the romantic repertoire, Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy. Miniatures by Chopin, Liszt, Saint- Säens and Gershwin offer a charming portrait of this engaging and intelligent young artist.

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February 2015

Carducci String Quartet

4th February 2015

The Carducci Quartet have a powerful reputation in new music, but that sense of creativity, discovery and shared imagination colours everything they play – and it’s pushed them quickly into the top flight of international string quartet playing. This concert finds them tackling three cornerstones of the repertoire, from the timeless wit of Haydn to the monumental strength of Beethoven’s second ‘Razumovsky’ quartet by way of Shostakovich’s lyrical, impassioned Fourth, a heartfelt protest against anti-Semitism, rich in Jewish melody.

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March 2015

Gould Piano Trio

24th March 2015

The Gould Piano Trio have been building an international name for themselves for well over a decade. That’s one reason why they’re the dedicatees of James MacMillan’s keenly-awaited Second Piano Trio, and why their recording of Tchaikovsky’s huge A minor Trio has won such widespread critical acclaim. Tonight they prove how this vast, tragic masterpiece can give even Tchaikovsky’s symphonies a run for their money!

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April 2015

Giovanni Sollima cello & Monika Leskovar cello

18th April 2015

Composer, improviser, performanceartist, and cellist of jaw-dropping virtuosity and flair…there’s simply no one way of describing the many-sided musical phenomenon that is Giovanni Sollima. He refuses to be categorized: the best way of describing this concert with fellow-cellist (and regular collaborator) Monika Leskovar is to say that it begins with the sublimely inventive music of baroque France, and ends deep inside Sollima’s own extraordinary musical imagination. And that the journey will be unforgettable.

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May 2015

Paul Lewis piano

26th May 2015

Paul Lewis was born in Huyton, and his reputation as an interpreter of the great classics of the piano repertoire has gone around the world. Famed for his Schubert interpretations, anything that Lewis chooses to play demands to be heard, and it’s fascinating that for this recital as part of his Liverpool residency, he’s gone for Beethoven’s visionary final trilogy of piano sonatas – playful, elusive and ravishingly beautiful; music that asks the very deepest questions. Lewis’s answers will be profoundly worth hearing.