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Southampton Guildhall

Southampton Guildhall (branded the O2 Guildhall Southampton) is a multipurpose venue which forms the East Wing of the Civic Centre in Southampton, England. There are three venues in the Guildhall catering for various event formats: the Guildhall itself, the Solent Suite and a lecture theatre.

O2 Guildhall Southampton
Exterior at night
O2 Guildhall Southampton
O2 Guildhall in Southampton
Former namesSouthampton Guildhall (1937-2013)
AddressW Marlands Rd
Southampton SO14 7LP
England
LocationCivic Centre
Coordinates50°54′29″N1°24′22″W /50.908154°N 1.406003°W /50.908154; -1.406003Coordinates: 50°54′29″N1°24′22″W /50.908154°N 1.406003°W /50.908154; -1.406003
OwnerSouthampton City Council
(operated by Live Nation UK)
Capacity1,749
Opened13 February 1937 (1937-02-13)
Website
www.o2guildhallsouthampton.co.uk

The Guildhall, which was designed with a large portico with six Ionic order columns with pediment above, was intended to complement the rest of the Civic Suite and was opened by the Earl of Derby on 13 February 1937. Internally, the principal room was the main hall which was 143 feet (44 m) long, 71 feet (22 m) wide and 38 feet (12 m) high.

It contains a pipe organ, designed by John Compton, which was installed shortly before the opening of the building. The organ is unusual in that it has two distinct consoles: a classical concert organ and a theatre organ. The consoles share the same body of pipes which are housed in chambers above the proscenium arch. At some 4,000 pipes it was also the largest organ ever made by Compton.

The guildhall was used to accommodate French troops, who had escaped from France in June 1940 during the Dunkirk evacuation. During the Southampton Blitz in November 1940, the Guildhall was damaged by a bomb that fell at the rear of the hall causing damage to the rooms behind the stage and killing one person. Another bomb penetrated into the basement below the stage before exploding. The building was also hit by numerous incendiary devices. The Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, visited the guildhall during a tour of the city in January 1941 and it was used for high-level military conferences in spring and summer 1944 in anticipation of the Normandy landings which were coordinated from Southwick House.

A new sprung floor was installed in the main hall in 1955 enabling the guildhall to become a major music venue. Leading performers at the guildhall included rock bands, The Rolling Stones, in March 1964, and The Who, in October 1971, and singer-songwriter, David Bowie, in March 1972 during his Ziggy Stardust Tour.

On 7 October 2013, the venue was renamed to the O2 Guildhall Southampton, reflecting a partnership between Live Nation UK and O2 Telefónica.

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Southampton Guildhall
Southampton Guildhall Language Watch Edit Southampton Guildhall branded the O2 Guildhall Southampton is a multipurpose venue which forms the East Wing of the Civic Centre in Southampton England There are three venues in the Guildhall catering for various event formats the Guildhall itself the Solent Suite and a lecture theatre 1 O2 Guildhall SouthamptonExterior at nightO2 Guildhall SouthamptonO2 Guildhall in SouthamptonFormer namesSouthampton Guildhall 1937 2013 AddressW Marlands Rd Southampton SO14 7LP EnglandLocationCivic CentreCoordinates50 54 29 N 1 24 22 W 50 908154 N 1 406003 W 50 908154 1 406003 Coordinates 50 54 29 N 1 24 22 W 50 908154 N 1 406003 W 50 908154 1 406003OwnerSouthampton City Council operated by Live Nation UK Capacity1 749Opened13 February 1937 1937 02 13 Websitewww wbr o2guildhallsouthampton wbr co wbr ukHistory EditThe Guildhall which was designed with a large portico with six Ionic order columns with pediment above was intended to complement the rest of the Civic Suite and was opened by the Earl of Derby on 13 February 1937 2 Internally the principal room was the main hall which was 143 feet 44 m long 71 feet 22 m wide and 38 feet 12 m high 2 It contains a pipe organ designed by John Compton which was installed shortly before the opening of the building 3 4 The organ is unusual in that it has two distinct consoles a classical concert organ and a theatre organ 3 The consoles share the same body of pipes which are housed in chambers above the proscenium arch 3 At some 4 000 pipes it was also the largest organ ever made by Compton 3 5 The guildhall was used to accommodate French troops who had escaped from France in June 1940 during the Dunkirk evacuation 2 During the Southampton Blitz in November 1940 the Guildhall was damaged by a bomb that fell at the rear of the hall causing damage to the rooms behind the stage and killing one person Another bomb penetrated into the basement below the stage before exploding The building was also hit by numerous incendiary devices 2 The Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited the guildhall during a tour of the city in January 1941 2 6 and it was used for high level military conferences in spring and summer 1944 in anticipation of the Normandy landings which were coordinated from Southwick House 2 7 A new sprung floor was installed in the main hall in 1955 enabling the guildhall to become a major music venue 2 Leading performers at the guildhall included rock bands The Rolling Stones in March 1964 8 and The Who in October 1971 9 and singer songwriter David Bowie in March 1972 during his Ziggy Stardust Tour 10 On 7 October 2013 the venue was renamed to the O2 Guildhall Southampton reflecting a partnership between Live Nation UK and O2 Telefonica 11 See also EditGuild GuildhallReferences Edit O2 Guildhall Southampton Cevent Retrieved 27 August 2019 a b c d e f g Southampton Civic Centre through the years Southern Daily Echo 21 February 2016 Retrieved 27 August 2019 a b c d Unique Compton pipe organ Unique Compton pipe organ Retrieved 10 December 2018 Southampton Guildhall The Cinema Organ Society Retrieved 23 August 2020 Second wind for Guildhall s organ BBC 4 December 2009 Retrieved 15 November 2020 British Homefront 31 January 1941 World War II Daily Retrieved 23 August 2020 How Southwick House was the unlikely springboard for D Day Yorkshire Post 3 June 2019 Retrieved 15 November 2020 1964 Rolling Stones Database Retrieved 23 August 2020 Southampton Guildhall The Who Concert Guide 18 October 1971 Retrieved 23 August 2020 The Ziggy Stardust Tour David Bowie World Retrieved 23 August 2020 Southampton Guildhall renaming cheapens venue BBC News Online British Broadcasting Corporation 7 October 2013 Retrieved 29 November 2013 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Southampton Guildhall amp oldid 1026708903, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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