January’s Venue Of The Month – The Bridgewater Hall

A World of Music

The Bridgewater Hall is Manchester’s iconic international concert venue and one of the world’s leading concert halls. Although focused mainly on classical music the Hall’s programme embraces jazz, world music, dance, rock, folk and soul to create a unique musical signature which champions diversity, accessibility and excellence.

The Hall is home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. The Hall also programmes its own classical music season, the International Concert Series, whilst also working with a range of promoters and charities.

Creative inside and out

The Hall was designed by architects Renton Howard Wood Levin, renowned for their experience in the performing arts sector. The design of the building was strongly informed by acoustic considerations and the input of Manchester’s musical organisations; a large part of the building’s success is due to the real creative collaboration between the architects and Arup Acoustics. After many revisions of the plans, the three and a half year construction project began in 1993.

Unusually, The Hall is neither concrete nor steel-framed, but is mostly formed from solid, reinforced concrete, moulded and cast like a vast sculpture. This gives it the acoustic ideal of enormous density and mass. The remarkable roof appears to hover, weightless, above the building. One of the most fascinating aspects of the Hall’s construction is that the entire structure floats free of the ground on almost three hundred, earthquake-proof isolation bearings or giant springs, so there is no rigid connection between the 22,500 ton building and its foundations. This ensures the Hall’s carefully designed acoustic is protected from all outside noise and vibration. The Auditorium seats nearly 2,400 people, but is surprisingly warm and intimate for a venue of its size. Taking centre stage is the magnificent Marcussen organ. With an impressive 5,500 pipes the organ was the largest instrument of its kind to be installed in Britain for almost a century.

The Bridgewater Hall held its first concert on 11 September 1996 and was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Restaurants and bars

The Charles Hallé Restaurant

Located on the ground floor, offers a sophisticated space for pre-concert dining.  All food is prepared in house by Head Chef Marco Giuseppe Tedde and his team. The menu changes regularly and is offered at a fixed price for 2 or 3 courses.

The Stalls Café Bar

offers a more informal dining experience, located in the open-plan ground floor foyer guests can enjoy the busy concert hall atmosphere whilst enjoying a pre-concert meal.


The Hall offers an upgrade to A-list to enhance the concert experience with exclusive access to the private Corporate Members Bar for just £10 per person. Guests can avoid the crowds, relax in unique surroundings, and enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival.

Foyer bars

Bars on all main foyer areas offer a range of drinks to enjoy pre-show and during the interval. All bars offer a pre-order service for interval drinks. Snacks and confectionary are available including pizza which is served pre-concert

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Conference and Events

The Bridgewater Hall provides a unique and exciting environment for conferences and events. With superb facilities and in-house teams boasting a wealth of expertise in running events on all scales, all the support needed is available in-house. The Conference and Events team will work from initial enquiry until event completion to ensure client’s ideas and inspiration come to life in this special space.


There is a variety of spaces available to accommodate small intimate meetings right up to large conferences for over 1800 delegates. The foyers provide an excellent space for registration, catering and networking in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The wide choice of space ensures flexibility and choice for each unique event. The highly experienced in-house AV team offer technical packages to suit each client’s requirements.


The venue is a great space for exhibitions with a twist, with glass foyer spaces overlooking Manchester city centre. The function rooms and foyer areas can be combined to provide more space for exhibitors for large exhibitions, or can enable a conference to run alongside a smaller exhibition. The Conferences & Events team will advise on the best way to utilise the spaces and get the most out of an exhibition.


The venue provides a wonderfully stylish ambience for standing receptions to formal dinners, combining a wide selection of innovative menus designed by Head Chef, Marco Giuseppe Tedde, with stylish surroundings and professional service.

The Bridgewater Hall is also a popular venue for wine tastings, with many companies taking advantage of the stunning views the building provides.

Graduations and School Events

The Bridgewater Hall is a popular choice for Graduation and School Ceremonies, hosting a number of events throughout the year including a 2 week long graduation in the summer for Manchester Metropolitan University welcoming over 30,000 graduates and guests in to the building. The Auditorium provides an impressive and iconic setting for these special occasions.


wedding breakfast and evening reception. Couples could literally take ‘centre stage’ by exchanging vows in the magnificent Auditorium or charm guests by hosting the wedding breakfast on-stage. The large glass fronted foyers offer a superb space for dining, drinks receptions and dancing the night away, with fantastic views of the city centre.The range of stunning spaces to choose from means couples are spoilt for choice for a civil ceremony, photographs,

The canal basin surrounding the Hall provides the ideal setting to get some outdoor photographs with quirky little wooden bridges and a fountain that illuminates in the evening. Plus there are lots of interesting nooks and crannies inside the Hall for a perfect everlasting snapshot.

Each wedding has exclusive use of the venue giving couples the opportunity to create a truly show stopping occasion. There isn’t another space like it in Manchester!


In October 2018 the Hall launched three new Membership schemes, the Tenor, Alto and Soprano packages. These schemes offer individuals and businesses the chance to support the Hall, enjoy the wide variety of concerts available, entertain clients or staff and benefit from branding and marketing opportunities.

The packages include a wide variety of benefits including complimentary tickets for The Bridgewater Hall, priority booking for concerts and events taking place at Manchester Arena, access to the private Corporate Members Bar with unlimited nibbles, house wine, beer and soft drinks, accreditation on The Bridgewater Hall’s website and What’s On Brochure, marketing opportunities and much more.

Bespoke packages, tailored to personal or business objectives, are also available.

Intrigued to find out more?

Email: conferences@bridgewater-hall.co.uk
Telephone: 0161 950 0000
Website: www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk


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