Durham Miners Hall to undergo vital renovations after festive concert


A NOL concert next month will give people the last chance to visit Redhills, Durham Miners Hall, until 2023 – where it will undergo a major restoration program.

To mark the start of the temporary closure, members of the public are invited to the Historic Hall for a festive Durham Miners Association Brass Band performance on Saturday, December 4th.

The group will perform a series of Christmas favorites and will be accompanied by soloist Lily Banev, who sings with the Durham Cathedral Choir.

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The concert is the last opportunity to visit Redhills before it closes for 18 months. The Durham Miners Association home will be fully restored and renewed as a center of heritage, culture and education, and will reopen in the spring of 2023.

As part of the concert, the Redhills team will also provide updates on the project and provide a glimpse into the future of Miners Hall.

Redhills opened in 1915 as a purpose built house by the Durham Miners Association (DMA).

A Christmas concert will be given in Redhills on December 4th ahead of a vital period of hall renovation.

It was only recently, however, that the DMA ceded ownership of Redhills to the people – where a new charity now serves as the steward of Miners Hall on behalf of the communities of County Durham.

Chris McDonald, president of the Redhills Charity and cornet player in the DMA group, said: “We look forward to welcoming the audience to Redhills for an evening of wonderful marching band music.

“It will be a festive and appropriate way to say goodbye, for now, to a place that matters so much to so many of us.

“We will then close the doors to a vast and exciting program of restoration and renewal. Redhills will be back, bigger than ever, in 2023. ”

The Northern Echo: A mockup of what Redhills, Durham Miners Hall might look like when it reopens in Spring 2023.A mockup of what Redhills, Durham Miners Hall might look like when it reopens in Spring 2023.

The Christmas concert at Redhills will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

The announcement regarding the Christmas concert comes after Redhills obtained building permission from Durham County Council for the ‘state of the art’ renovations.

With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Durham County Council and others, historic Miners Hall will be fully restored with the addition of new buildings and modern facilities.

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This will allow Redhills to improve accessibility and offer a broad program of community activities and resources, according to the site’s developers.

Chris McDonald added: “This is an important step forward. Our thanks go to the Durham County Council officers who worked with us throughout the planning process. Our vision for Redhills will ensure a bright future for the historic Durham Miners’ House.

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