Songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson is one of the world-renowned musicians lined up to perform in Coventry’s newest concert hall.
Drapers’ Hall, in Bayley Lane, opens this fall as a venue for music and music education following a £ 5million restoration project run by Historic Coventry Trust in partnership with Coventry City Council .
Dr Geoff Willcocks, Vice Chairman of Historic Coventry Trust, said: ‘As a heritage development trust, the aim of Historic Coventry Trust is to restore the historic buildings in the city and put them back to work for the benefit of its inhabitants.
“Drapers’ Hall is a perfect example of how we do it. “
The Grade II * listed Drapers’ Hall is the city’s finest Regency building and was built in 1832 by the Drapers Guild to entertain Coventry’s high society.
The major restoration project was supported by the Prince’s Foundation as one of seven projects for the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales.
Funding was provided by the Council as part of its Cultural Capital Program for the UK City of Culture with substantial support and funding from Arts Council England and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, via the local government growth and the Construction Fund.
Darren Henley, Director General of Arts Council England, said: “Drapers’ Hall will host performances by musicians from all over the world, and provide a space for rehearsal and learning for incredible local talent from Coventry and Warwickshire.
“It will be one of Coventry’s many exciting legacies of the year as a British City of Culture.”
Councilor David Welsh, Cabinet member responsible for heritage in the city, said: “Draper’s Hall has been carefully restored to recognize the great history of the building and it will be a wonderful opportunity to see it completed. “
Tom Robinson will be the first to take the stage on Thursday, November 11 at 8 p.m. to present his solo show.
He will be followed by Swedish violinist Johan Dalene on Sunday November 21 at 2 p.m. and award-winning saxophonist and BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 finalist Jess Gillam on Thursday November 25 at 8 p.m.
The Stratford Swan Orchestra, Coventry University’s Orchestra in Residence, will perform on Friday, November 26 at 8 p.m., while internationally renowned harpist Catrin Finch will add to the recitals she has given in all over the world on Sunday November 28 at 8 p.m.
Tubist and composer Theon Cross will perform on Saturday, December 4 at 8 p.m. ET.
Visit www.drapershallcoventry.org.uk for tickets.