Throughout August, Town Hall and Symphony Hall will be undergoing extensive maintenance to prepare both venues for their demanding and wide ranging programme of events.
Regular visitors to the halls may have noticed that bookings are rarely taken during August – and here’s the reason why! The facilities and technical teams are hard at work ensuring that grade one listed Town Hall and state of the art Symphony Hall are looking their best for the start of what promises to be a memorable season ahead.
As part of preparations for the season ahead, including Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival, the stage is receiving a mini-makeover as it is sanded and polished in a process that only takes place every five years. In addition, half of the hall’s orchestral chairs will be refurbished to provide a more comfortable seating experience for the many internationally renowned orchestras that grace the stage each year.
Over 1500 technical items from both halls must be PAT tested, including all sound and lighting equipment, over a period of fifteen days. This work is performed in-house and requires specialist training for all staff involved.
Over at Town Hall, the window blinds are being serviced, a painstaking process which involves erecting and dismantling a scaffolding tower in the hall over twenty times to access each individual blind. New floors will be put down in Town Hall’s toilets and store rooms, while Symphony Hall’s legendary Klaiss organ will also undergo maintenance work.
The work will ensure that visitors to both venues will continue to enjoy the first rate customer experience for which Town Hall and Symphony Hall are renowned.