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Backstage at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

On 27 November 1982 Elton John performed the inaugural concert at the Royal Concert Hall and to celebrate its 40th anniversary they opened up their doors today (12 November 2022) for a free open day which included backstage tours, music performances and an exhibition on the construction of the building and past performers. It proved very popular, more so than I think the venue was expecting. I got there at just after 10am and joined an already long queue and it took about 40 minutes or so to snake through the building to the start of the tour but it was very good natured, I got chatting to strangers as we waited and the staff were lovely and very organised.

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Behind the Scenes at Nottingham Central Library

[Note: This took place before it was announced that Nottingham City Council have sold the library building as office space. At time of writing there is no clear plan as to what they are going to do with the library].

I managed to visit three different sites during Heritage Open Weekend in September,  (yep, that behind with writing things up again!) where places in England open up for free or access is granted to places normally closed to the public. One of the options available that caught my eye was a behind the scenes tour of Nottingham Central Library which is my local library.

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Theatre Royal Nottingham – 150 Years

On 25 September, 150 years to the day when Theatre Royal Nottingham had its opening night, I went along to one of their open days held to celebrate this impressive feat and through which I was able to take a behind the scenes tour of a theatre I regularly visit and which I’ve always thought Nottingham is very lucky to have on its doorstep. The brothers John and William Lambert, wealthy Nottingham factory owners, wanted to provide the city with an entertainment venue and hired the architect Charles Phipps to make their dream a reality in 1865. It took him 6 months and £15,000 to build one of my favourite buildings in the city. (Its cost today would be in the millions).

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