Music at Dean Clough
Dean Clough has two areas suitable for musical performance: the Viaduct Theatre and the Crossley Gallery.
The Viaduct Theatre has a moist environment that calls for the repeated tuning of stringed instruments, but it has a good acoustic. It has hosted chamber music programmes ('The Snowman' and 'Peter and the Wolf' were notable for combining the on-site talents of Northern Broadsides and Northern Orchestral Enterprises Ltd), rock music gigs (conspicuously Kevin Coyne and David Thomas in 1999), and large-scale jazz concerts (Jessica Williams in 1994, Norma Winstone in 1996, Howard Barker's 'Soundtrack' in 2002).
The Crossley Gallery - which can seat up to 200 people 'on the flat' - remains Dean Clough's premier music space. The gallery is the permanent home for our Fazioli baby grand piano, which is maintained in high order and used for both classical recitals and for Dean Clough's distinguished Jazz Seasons.
The Jazz Season runs from early Autumn to late Spring and consists of up to nine gigs each year. Since its formal inception in 1994 the season has hosted legendary performers from both the UK (Norma Winstone, Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes, Stan Sulzman, Jason Rebello etc) and overseas (Lee Konitz, Katia Labeque, Joe Lee Williams, Mark Copland, Fred Hersch etc), as well as 'up-coming' performers who have since gone on to achieve renown (conspicuously the Mercury Prize nominees Zoe Rahman and Polar Bear).
Classical music is always more challenging to find audiences for, but Dean Clough has successfully hosted concerts for the likes of violinist Marat Bisengaliev, cellist Matthew Barley and pianist Martin Sturfalt.
Details of the current music programme at Dean Clough are available in the What's On section of this website. The box office number is (01422) 255266.
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