Refurbishment of concert hall at Salford Lads’ Club complete

Michael Hunt

Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company has completed the refurbishment of the concert hall at the Salford Lads' Club in Greater Manchester.

Central Salford URC agreed to assist with the refurbishment of the concert hall in January this year, as part of its wider programme of community regeneration.

To celebrate the completion of the refurbishment work, the BBC Philharmonic will be performing at the venue on Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September, when the Salford Lads' Club will be open to the public as part of English Heritage Open Days programme.

A concert by the Marchini Quartet, all members of the BBC Philharmonic, will be open and free of charge to 130 members of the public on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, 30 tickets will be reserved for partners including some of the BBC staff relocating to Media City UK.

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."

Manchester band The Smiths posed outside The Salford Lads' Club for the album sleeve The Queen Is Dead and it has been a centre for the community for more than 100 years.

The BBC concert will start at 2.30pm and run for 45 minutes.

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