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CodeNA4554
Dates1858-1928
Person NameAberdeen Music Hall Company Ltd; 1858-1928
ActivityAberdeen Music Hall Company Ltd was incorporated as a limited company in 1858, inspired by similar enterprises in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Its objects were: 'to erect or acquire and support a building in Aberdeen to be used for concerts and other musical purposes and also for lectures on literary, scientific or philosphical subjects whether conducted under the charge of the Company or of other parties and also to be used for public meetings and for…other similar purposes'. The Company acquired the old Assembly Rooms, designed by Archibald Simpson, the City Architect in 1820, in Union Street, in the centre of the city, and adapted them within a year for musical performances. The Music Hall Choral Union was set up on the premises in 1861 to support all musical enterprises in the city, and the Hall was also used for comedy performances. Charles Dickens gave readings there in 1866, and in 1861 Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, sang there. It suffered from a financial crisis in the 1920s and nearly closed, partly because of competition from the growing number of cinemas. It was bought over by Aberdeen Town Council in 1928, when the limited company was voluntarily wound up, for £34,000, and continued to be used for music and also, controversially, for boxing and wrestling. The Music Hall still exists.
Corporate NameAberdeen Music Hall Company Ltd
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