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Spectacular reopening for Liverpool's St George's Hall

A major series of events will celebrate the re-opening of one of Liverpool's most famous buildings, St George's Hall, one of the most impressive neo-Classical buildings in Europe. There will be son et lumiere displays projected on the rear of the hall, as well as concerts, events and guided toursl

St George's Hall has recently undergone a major restoration job, which was led by architects Purcell, Miller and Tritton, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, The Trustees of St George's Hall and Liverpool City Council.

here will be twice-nightly Son et Lumiere displays telling the story of the city’s development over 800 years. The 30-minute presentation will be projected on to the rear facade of St George's Hall. Audiences will be seated in a a tiered grandstand set up in St John’s Gardens.

It was devised by the Liverpool Culture Company and Ross Ashton, who designed the light show at Buckingham Palace for the 80th birthday of the Queen.

The show runs from April 23-29, and tickets went on sale on Thursday, 5 April.

The restoration of St George's Hall has taken five years and cost 23 million pounds.

Other attractions will include:

Display of the Minton tiled floor in the Great Hall,

Concerts by Liverpool musicians

A new work of art by the Singh Twins interpreting the city's coat of arms

A new sculpture of St George slaying the dragon with a Liver Bird rising as a phoenix.

St George’s Hall was the result of two design competitions for a civic and court venue. Architect Harvey Lonsdale Elmes won both competitions for his 'Acropolis-like' design, which was opened in 1854. Queen Victoria said the building was ‘worthy of ancient Athens’. It incorporated the world’s first modern-air conditioning system and one of the world's largest pipe organs. It hosted cultural events including Charles Dickens’ world premiere reading of The Christmas Carol.

The courts closed in 1984 and only the Great Hall has been in regular use since then.

St George's Hall is a symbol and focal point for the city and has seen many civic events from football parades to gatherings of people following the death of John Lennon.

The Liverpool 800 Son et Lumiere will take place at 8.30pm and 9.30pm from Monday to Sunday, April 23-29, 2007. Tickets are priced at £1.50 for concessions, £3.00 foradults. A family ticket for two adults and two under 12s is £7.

Tickets are on sale from Thursday 5th April at the 08 Place, Whitechapel or by calling 0151 233 2008. There will be a box office on site from 6pm each evening, but advance booking is strongly recommended.

Aidan O'RourkeAidan O'Rourke has been active in photography and online media since 1995. He has documented the development of the local area in his Eyewitness website (1997-2005) and as a contributor to books, publications and the Manchester Evening News. He runs his Eyewitness photography walks in Manchester, Liverpool and other locations. He offers one-to-one tuition in Photography and Languages. He is a high-level speaker of German and can offer photography walks and tours through the medium of German. Visit www.aidan.co.uk

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