De Montfort Hall
De Montfort Hall is a music and performance venue in Leicester, England. It is situated near Victoria Park and is named after Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester.

History
The Hall was built by the Corporation of Leicester in the early 20th century, and was finished in 1913 costing £21,000. Its indoor auditorium seating capacity is approximately 2000, and the hall contains a recently restored pipe organ believed to be the only surviving example of a large concert organ constructed by the Leicester organ builders, Stephen Taylor & Son Ltd. The organ is a particularly fine example, attracting many distinguished organists to play recitals.

Notable events
Most of the Hall's events take place in the indoor auditorium where the programme of events ranges from jazz, ballet, comedy and opera, to world and roots music, West End musicals and classical music, featuring the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra, which was set up by EMI and has been resident at the hall since 1997. The hall is said by the orchestra to be one of the best spaces in which to play music in England. The Hall is also a common venue for the Leicester Philharmonic Choir, the Leicester Symphony Orchestra, the Bardi Symphony Orchestra and Bands which have performed several concerts there in the past. It is also one of the major venues in Leicester to hold the Hindu festival of Navratri, selling out of tickets every year. Events take place outdoors, including The Big Session Festival and the Summer Sundae music festival, which takes place every year. Graduation ceremonies for the University of Leicester and De Montfort University take place in the hall. Comedians that have performed include Jimmy Carr, Jack Dee, Mel and Sue, The Chuckle Brothers & Ben Elton, among others. Musicians that have performed include Kasabian, The Saturdays, and Adele (September 2011).

Building Activity

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