Wilton's music hall
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
Tucked away amongst the glass skyscrapers of the City is Wilton’s Music Hall – the oldest surviving grand music hall in the world and an amazing example of Victorian architecture and history.
Opened in 1858, the story of Wilton’s is fascinating, as are the regular catalogue of events that are held there. Over the past hundred and fifty years, Wilton’s has been used (among other things) as a shelter and safe house as well as for its original purpose as a place for performing. However, having been derelict for much of its life, a large proportion of Wilton’s can still not be used and funds are constantly being raised to help restore the hall back to its former theatrical glory.
These days, Wilton’s shabby chic interior, original Victorian features and nostalgic charm make it a popular backdrop for everything from photo shoots to weddings to live performance. Until Wednesday, Wilton’s is staging a Vintage Christmas: a music hall variety show with live jazz and promise of roasted chestnuts in the bar afterwards. Wilton’s will close on 19th December and reopen on 4th January.
Check their website for a list of events.