Warwick Conferences has re-opened its flagship 1,200-seat music and conference venue, Butterworth Hall, after investing £6.9m in a major 10-month refurbishment project.
Located in the Warwick Arts Centre, Butterworth Hall has been the hub of cultural activities in the Coventry and Warwickshire area for 27 years and has hosted Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett and Kirsty McColl, among others.
The extension and redevelopment project devised by Architects Design Partnership LLP has added enhancements, including an improved main entrance, new seating and improved acoustics and beech floor.
A new main stage incorporates four motorised elevators and there is an open roof space with new lighting.
A number of major trusts and foundations helped contribute to the cost, along with The University of Warwick. Lesley Garrett helped front a public fundraising campaign which raised £1.25m.
Head of sales and marketing at Warwick Conferences, Rachael Bartlett, says: “Butterworth Hall has developed a phenomenal reputation within the music and conference world over the years, and this significant investment guarantees our clients access to a truly world-class venue for the many years to come.”
A formal launch gala concert from the Philharmonic Orchestra, 7 October will mark the reopening officially.