You’d think an organ the size of a fairytale castle would be difficult to keep a secret. Yet tucked away on a main street in the city centre is the four-storey architectural gem known as the Albert Hall. To offer a peak behind the heavily locked front door, we teamed up with the photographer and digital artist Andrew Brooks (credits include solo shows at Urbis and commissions for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) to showcase some of the sights of this huge, allegedly haunted Methodist hall, dating from 1910, on Peter Street. The venue is currently being renovated by the Trof group (behind Gorilla, the Deaf Institute, Trof Fallowfield and Trof NQ), and they’ve just launched a new website featuring a number of Andrew’s images taken on our shoot, as well as announcing the launch date (a bit of a vague 2014). It’s set to become one of the most atmospheric live venues in the UK, with a capacity of more than 2000.

View the gallery here:

Skyliner blog offers a detailed history of the venue.

Image: Andrew Brooks

Ruth Allan
Published on:
Wed 20 Feb 2013