Sheffield city Hall hopes for bumper year after anniversary

Sheffield City Hall.'Keith Bown Sheffield.
Sheffield City Hall.'Keith Bown Sheffield.
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IT celebrated its 80th birthday last year – and now Sheffield City Hall is looking forward to a bumper 2013 with a host of events planned.

The venue commemorated the milestone anniversary with a special birthday programme, kicking off with a book written for the occasion, filled with nostalgic memories of past shows from some of the world’s biggest acts.

In addition, the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra paid tribute to the Grade II listed building with a celebratory family concert, while other highlights included a talk with Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis and a frenzied concert from boyband One Direction.

Comedy stars such as John Bishop, Sarah Millican, Billy Connolly and Kevin Bridges also filled the hall with thousands of people.

The year was brought to a close with a solo show by Take That frontman Gary Barlow, and rocker Alice Cooper brought along former Guns and Roses bassist Duff McKagan for a Halloween party.

It was also an award-winning year for the City Hall. The venue’s staff won a prize for their teamwork at the Live Music Awards in London, and the hall was named best cultural attraction at the Exposed Magazine Awards.

Among the highlights for 2013 are the hall’s Chinese New Year celebrations on February 11, and the annual National Union of Students Conference, happening in April.

On the entertainment calendar are shows by X Factor winners Little Mix and Leona Lewis, Scottish singer Amy MacDonald, and rocker Joe Satriani.

Suave crooner Bryan Ferry also has a date set for November, performing songs from his solo catalogue, Roxy Music favourites and numbers from his recent, instrumental jazz album.

The hall’s lunchtime singing workshops and traditional tea dances in the ballroom are also returning for another year.

General Manager Richard Hunter said: “The venue’s profile has probably never been higher. We are entering the new year in a strong position and look forward to a no doubt challenging, but ultimately successful 2013.”