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Concert Hall

Site Name: Concert Hall
Location: Liverpool
County: Lancashire
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location

Overview

  • Address: North side of Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool. For a current map,
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  • Alternate Names: Nelson Street Assembly Rooms (pre-1845), The Hall of Melody, The Hall of Science.



  • Capacity: Broadbent claims that the hall was "a spacious building" that "had a seating capacity of 2,700 persons" (336).


  • Performance Space Description: Playbills for entertainments at the Concert Hall in the mid-1840s describe the venue as “the most commodious and elegant Room in the town”. They also note spectator seating in a side gallery and in the body of the room. Reserved seats were also available, but their specific location is unknown. A later description (from 1907) claims that the venue’s motto (“to make the man a better mechanic, and the mechanic a better man”) was prominently displayed on a scenic backdrop during the mid-19th Century ("The Late Thos. Callow"). Further research into the performance space itself is still required.



  • Typical Fare: During the years covered by this database, the Concert Hall was home to a popular ‘Saturday Evening Concerts’ series, hosted and overseen by the Northern Mechanics Institution. A wide variety of vocalists and musicians appeared as part of this series. Other entertainments included lectures and readings. Contemporary playbills also note that the Concert Hall could be “let for Public Meetings, Concerts, Lectures, Tea Parties, Dinners, &c.”



  • Performance History

  • The Concert Hall was built in the 19th Century. According to an article in The Manx Quarterly, construction was backed primarily by Nathaniel Caine, “father of the late Mr. W.S. Caine, M.P.” ("The Late Thos. Callow")



  • The building has now been transformed into apartments.


  • For a thorough history of the building see Broadbent. Annals of the Liverpool Stage.


    Beth Marquis

  • Events at Concert Hall

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Vocal Entertainment 16 November 1844 - 16 November 1844 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 15 February 1845 - 15 February 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 22 February 1845 - 22 February 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 26 April 1845 - 26 April 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 2 June 1845 - 2 June 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 5 June 1845 - 5 June 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 7 June 1845 - 7 June 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 15 September 1845 - 15 September 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Hutchinson Family
    Vocal Entertainment 23 October 1845 - 25 October 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 31 October 1845 - 31 October 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Phillips, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 14 November 1845 - 14 November 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Hutchinson Family
    Vocal Entertainment 15 November 1845 - 15 November 1845 Liverpool, Lancashire Hutchinson Family
    Vocal Entertainment 28 January 1846 - 28 January 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Phillips, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 18 March 1846 - 18 March 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Hutchinson Family
    Vocal Entertainment 23 March 1846 - 23 March 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Hutchinson Family
    Vocal Entertainment 26 March 1846 - 26 March 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 27 March 1846 - 27 March 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 28 March 1846 - 28 March 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 31 March 1846 - 31 March 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 2 April 1846 - 2 April 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 4 April 1846 - 4 April 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 22 April 1846 - 22 April 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Coleman, Lewin Y.
    Vocal Entertainment 2 May 1846 - 2 May 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Phillips, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 4 May 1846 - 4 May 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Phillips, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 15 June 1846 - 15 June 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Hutchinson Family
    Minstrel Show 26 June 1846 - 27 June 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Delineators (Pelham's, 1846)
    Minstrel Show 29 June 1846 - 4 July 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Delineators (Pelham's, 1846)
    Vocal Entertainment 3 July 1846 - 3 July 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Hutchinson Family
    Vocal Entertainment 26 September 1846 - 26 September 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Smith, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 21 December 1846 - 22 December 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 26 December 1846 - 26 December 1846 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 18 January 1847 - 18 January 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Phillips, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 1 February 1847 - 1 February 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Smith, Henry
    Minstrel Show 1 February 1847 - 1 February 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire New Orleans Ethiopian Serenaders
    Vocal Entertainment 2 February 1847 - 2 February 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Smith, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 3 February 1847 - 3 February 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Smith, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 4 February 1847 - 4 February 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Smith, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 5 February 1847 - 5 February 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Smith, Henry
    Minstrel Show 6 March 1847 - 8 March 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Harmonists (1846-47)
    Vocal Entertainment 22 March 1847 - 26 March 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 30 March 1847 - 1 April 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Harmonists (1846-47)
    Minstrel Show 15 May 1847 - 15 May 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Harmonists (1846-47)
    Minstrel Show 17 May 1847 - 22 May 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Harmonists (1846-47)
    Vocal Entertainment 28 May 1847 - 28 May 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Brough (Musical Lecture on America)
    Vocal Entertainment 29 May 1847 - 29 May 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 26 June 1847 - 26 June 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Albert, Mons., the Celebrated Violinist, Beyadere and Female Serenaders
    Minstrel Show 10 July 1847 - 10 July 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Delineators (not Pelham's, 1847)
    Minstrel Show 12 July 1847 - 12 July 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Delineators (not Pelham's, 1847)
    Minstrel Show 21 September 1847 - 24 September 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Melodists and New York Serenaders
    Vocal Entertainment 25 September 1847 - 25 September 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 27 September 1847 - 1 October 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Melodists and New York Serenaders
    Vocal Entertainment 2 October 1847 - 2 October 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 7 October 1847 - 7 October 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 9 October 1847 - 9 October 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 1 November 1847 - 5 November 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Harmonists (1847-?)
    Minstrel Show 13 November 1847 - 13 November 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Harmonists (1847-?)
    Minstrel Show 15 November 1847 - 19 November 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Harmonists (1847-?)
    Vocal Entertainment 18 December 1847 - 18 December 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 20 December 1847 - 20 December 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 23 December 1847 - 23 December 1847 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Vocal Entertainment 11 March 1848 - 11 March 1848 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 4 December 1848 - 6 December 1848 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 16 December 1848 - 16 December 1848 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry
    Minstrel Show 5 February 1849 - 10 February 1849 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Serenaders (1848-49)
    Minstrel Show 12 February 1849 - 17 February 1849 Liverpool, Lancashire Ethiopian Serenaders (1848-49)
    Minstrel Show 23 April 1850 - 27 April 1850 Liverpool, Lancashire Juba (1850-1851), Pelham's Serenaders
    Minstrel Show 29 April 1850 - 4 May 1850 Liverpool, Lancashire Pelham's Serenaders
    Minstrel Show 11 August 1851 - 16 August 1851 Liverpool, Lancashire Southern Delineators, The (1851)
    Minstrel Show 18 August 1851 - 23 August 1851 Liverpool, Lancashire Southern Delineators, The (1851)
    Concert 26 January 1852 - 31 January 1852 Liverpool, Lancashire Russell, Henry

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Broadbent, R.J. Annals of the Liverpool Stage. Liverpool: Edward Howell, 1908.

      p336-8.

    • "The Late Thos. Callow” Manx Quarterly 1 (February 1907). Reproduced online. 03/13/2008 (http://www.isle-of-man.com/manxnotebook/mquart/mq01028.htm)
    • Liverpool Record Office & Local History Library, Central Library, Liverpool Playbill (Concert Hall) - April 4, 1846
    • Liverpool Record Office & Local History Library, Central Library, Liverpool Playbill (Concert Hall) - March 6 & 8, 1847
    • Liverpool Record Office & Local History Library, Central Library, Liverpool Playbill (Concert Hall) - March 6 & 8, 1847
    • Liverpool Record Office & Local History Library, Central Library, Liverpool Playbill (Concert Hall) - March 6 & 8, 1847
    • Liverpool Record Office & Local History Library, Central Library, Liverpool Playbill (Concert Hall) - April 4, 1846
    • Slaters Directory Listing (1869). Reproduced on Old Liverpool Theatres Website.. 03/13/2008 (http://www.old-liverpool.co.uk/1869Slaters.html)
    • Trafalgar Warehouse Apartments Website. 03/13/2008 (http://www.trafalgarwarehouseapartments.co.uk/index.asp)

      (Current Status of the former venue.)