Snooker to return to York's Barbican Centre

York Press: Ronnie O’Sullivan Ronnie O’Sullivan

SNOOKER legend Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Hallé Orchestra will all appear at York’s Barbican Centre after it finally reopens in the spring.

SMG, which is taking over the long-empty auditorium from City of York Council, has announced its first confirmed bookings for after a £2 million refurbishment in completed at the beginning of May. Tickets will be available from 10am today.

Snooker will make a welcome return to York, home to the UK Championship for several years, when the Snooker Legends 2011 Champions Tour arrives on Thursday, May 19.

Three times World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and new World Seniors Champion Jimmy White will go head to head in the exhibition match, which will be refereed by Michaela Tabb with commentary and analysis from John Virgo.

The Hallé, one of the country’s top symphony orchestras, will perform on Saturday, June 11. Details of its programme will be confirmed later.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which rose to worldwide fame after appearing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, will take to the stage on Monday June 13.

An SMG spokesman said they brought the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music.

On Sunday, October 23, Jack Jones, the double Grammy-winning easy listening giant, will bring his Greatest Hits Tour to the Barbican.

Nominated by Frank Sinatra as “one of the major singers of our time”, his world tours are consistently sold-out, said a spokesman.

The ticket line on 0844 854 2757 opens today and runs from 10am to 6pm every day except Sundays.

SMG hopes to set up a public information point providing details of the refurbishment, upcoming concerts and conference and meeting spaces, along with job opportunities, in the Visit York Information Centre in Museum Street from February until the Barbican reopens.

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1:00pm Tue 4 Jan 11

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp

1:33pm Tue 4 Jan 11

madmick99 says...

My money's on Ronnie, I hadn't realised Ladysmith Black Mambazo played snooker, or is that just the way I read the opening paragraph..?
My money's on Ronnie, I hadn't realised Ladysmith Black Mambazo played snooker, or is that just the way I read the opening paragraph..? madmick99

1:34pm Tue 4 Jan 11

the commentator says...

wow, such huge acts to herald the long awaited opening of a great venue! Surely they can bag some bigger, more current names to get the punters through the doors than those named above?
wow, such huge acts to herald the long awaited opening of a great venue! Surely they can bag some bigger, more current names to get the punters through the doors than those named above? the commentator

1:38pm Tue 4 Jan 11

Jazzper says...

Maybe "Wills & Kate" could hold there reception there!
Maybe "Wills & Kate" could hold there reception there! Jazzper

1:53pm Tue 4 Jan 11

Jazzper says...

oops..should have been hold their... can't have any spelling mistakes can we!
oops..should have been hold their... can't have any spelling mistakes can we! Jazzper

2:23pm Tue 4 Jan 11

sammy07 says...

Jazzper wrote:
oops..should have been hold their... can't have any spelling mistakes can we!
Yes thats right,apparently the best way to "win" a debate on here
(and i use the terms win and debate loosely)
is to spell and punctuate correctly,thus ignoring the actual content of the post and opinion.Just be pedantic and pick on poorly written posts which hardly is a big drama. quite boring really i do agree with you jasper
[quote][p][bold]Jazzper[/bold] wrote: oops..should have been hold their... can't have any spelling mistakes can we![/p][/quote]Yes thats right,apparently the best way to "win" a debate on here (and i use the terms win and debate loosely) is to spell and punctuate correctly,thus ignoring the actual content of the post and opinion.Just be pedantic and pick on poorly written posts which hardly is a big drama. quite boring really i do agree with you jasper sammy07

2:32pm Tue 4 Jan 11

RingRoadGooseParty says...

There should be a space before the sentence starting "Just be pedantic..."
There should be a space before the sentence starting "Just be pedantic..." RingRoadGooseParty

2:55pm Tue 4 Jan 11

oldgoat says...

Oh, bring back the glory days - you'll never fit in a top flight act, but plenty of up and coming bands, and maybe, just maybe some of the acts who have graced the GOH.
Oh, bring back the glory days - you'll never fit in a top flight act, but plenty of up and coming bands, and maybe, just maybe some of the acts who have graced the GOH. oldgoat

3:13pm Tue 4 Jan 11

Get-a-grip2 says...

Sammy07 - Yes thats right,apparently the best way to "win" a debate on here
(and i use the terms win and debate loosely)
is to spell and punctuate correctly,thus ignoring the actual content of the post and opinion.Just be pedantic and pick on poorly written posts which hardly is a big drama. quite boring really i do agree with you jasper

Is English your second language?
[quote]Sammy07 - Yes thats right,apparently the best way to "win" a debate on here (and i use the terms win and debate loosely) is to spell and punctuate correctly,thus ignoring the actual content of the post and opinion.Just be pedantic and pick on poorly written posts which hardly is a big drama. quite boring really i do agree with you jasper[/quote] Is English your second language? Get-a-grip2

4:23pm Tue 4 Jan 11

pedalling paul says...

Be nice to see the cycle racks getting used again......and I look forward to some enjoyable classical music concerts.
Be nice to see the cycle racks getting used again......and I look forward to some enjoyable classical music concerts. pedalling paul

4:32pm Tue 4 Jan 11

tangletwister says...

oldgoat wrote:
Oh, bring back the glory days - you'll never fit in a top flight act, but plenty of up and coming bands, and maybe, just maybe some of the acts who have graced the GOH.
The GOH is still open! And still attracting some great acts to York...
[quote][p][bold]oldgoat[/bold] wrote: Oh, bring back the glory days - you'll never fit in a top flight act, but plenty of up and coming bands, and maybe, just maybe some of the acts who have graced the GOH.[/p][/quote]The GOH is still open! And still attracting some great acts to York... tangletwister

1:34am Wed 5 Jan 11

Mentos says...

the commentator wrote:
wow, such huge acts to herald the long awaited opening of a great venue! Surely they can bag some bigger, more current names to get the punters through the doors than those named above?
Heavens above, it is York for G*d sake not Las Vegas
[quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: wow, such huge acts to herald the long awaited opening of a great venue! Surely they can bag some bigger, more current names to get the punters through the doors than those named above?[/p][/quote]Heavens above, it is York for G*d sake not Las Vegas Mentos

2:02am Wed 5 Jan 11

brianmaiden says...

i wasdn't going to comment until i saw the security word....

"lose-rock"

ffs!

my friends partners and associates will try to make that NOT happen! lol!
i wasdn't going to comment until i saw the security word.... "lose-rock" ffs! my friends partners and associates will try to make that NOT happen! lol! brianmaiden

4:45pm Wed 5 Jan 11

the commentator says...

Mentos wrote:
the commentator wrote: wow, such huge acts to herald the long awaited opening of a great venue! Surely they can bag some bigger, more current names to get the punters through the doors than those named above?
Heavens above, it is York for G*d sake not Las Vegas
Im not talking about "big" acts as such but more current acts. There is no reason at all why the Barbican cannot attract the same types of acts as GOH or O2 in Leeds.
[quote][p][bold]Mentos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the commentator[/bold] wrote: wow, such huge acts to herald the long awaited opening of a great venue! Surely they can bag some bigger, more current names to get the punters through the doors than those named above?[/p][/quote]Heavens above, it is York for G*d sake not Las Vegas[/p][/quote]Im not talking about "big" acts as such but more current acts. There is no reason at all why the Barbican cannot attract the same types of acts as GOH or O2 in Leeds. the commentator

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