RH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Wilton’s Music Hall for the official re-opening today, 28th January 2016, meeting with historians and architects involved in the venue’s repair and conservation project.
HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of Wilton’s Music Hall and visited the venue back in 2006 when it was derelict. During this visit, The Prince met with a team of volunteers and supporters who were hoping to bring the building back to its original use.
Today, Wilton’s has been fully repaired and stands as the world’s oldest surviving grand music hall. Volunteers, staff, beneficiaries and members of the local community were delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses once more to see the space as well as to watch a short variety performance.
The event was compered by critically-acclaimed English actor, musician and theatre director Simon Callow CBE, before a mesmerising Victorian magic show from Morgan and West, thrilling cabaret number from pianist Gwyneth Herbert and Frances Ruffelle, and music hall piece from celebrated comedian Barry Cryer with son Bob Cryer.
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Holly Kendrick, Executive Director at Wilton’s Music Hall, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall into Wilton’s Music Hall to mark a significant moment in the history of the venue. Wilton’s is a sensational historic venue for the modern day, in the heart of the East End, and a celebrated home of culture and community spanning a huge variety of genres from theatre, dance and music to cabaret and comedy. After a lengthy transitional period, Wilton’s is officially back on the map and we are all tremendously excited for what this year’s programme will bring.”
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