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Concert Venues :: Aeolian Hall, Studio 2


Now Known As Renoir House
Date Opened 1876
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Venue Address 135-137 New Bond St
Westminster, London W1S, UK

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Aeolian Hall located at 135-137 New Bond Street, began life as the Grosvenor Gallery, being built by Sir Coutts Lindsay in 1876, an accomplished amateur artist, with a predeliction for the aesthetic movement, for which he was held up to some ridicule. In 1883, he decided to light his gallery with electricity. An outhouse became a substation, and equipment was installed in the basement, which upset some of the neighbours, and caused others to buy electricity from him. Thus began the system of electrical distribution in use today, but the threat of fire ended these activities, and by 1890, Lindsay was forced to sell out to the Grosvenor Club. By 1903 the whole building was taken over by the Orchestrelle Company of New York (the Aeolian Company). As manufacturers of musical instruments, and especially the mechanical piano-player known as the pianola, they converted the space into offices, a showroom, and a concert hall.

After the destruction of their St Georges Hall studios in March 1943, the BBC took it over during the Second World War, for broadcasting and recording concerts and recitals, giving up the premises in 1975. It is now called Renoir House, and with its ample storage space, is occupied by several antiques dealers.

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