45 Tamar Street
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Situated on the corner of Tamar and Cimitiere Streets, the Albert Hall is owned by the Launceston City Council and currently operated by the TLA Group. The Albert Hall is a landmark of Launceston and has strong ties to the local community and is one of the largest convention venues in the region. The Great Hall, Tamar Valley and John Duncan rooms are hired for a vast array of events, from school balls, university graduations and awards nights, to antiques fairs, concerts and major conferences. There is also an adjacent cafe overlooking City Park.
The Brindley Organ, situated in the Great Hall and is Australia's largest surviving organ pre-dating 1860, a rare example of the work of organ builder Charles Brindley and is the oldest community organ. Built of local timbers including blackwood and huon pine, the organ's bellows are lined with original kangaroo skin.
Soaring above the organist are the zinc dummy pipes, magnificently decorated with gold and illuminated colours, but silent. Behind the grand case stand ranks of pipes, some metal, some wooden. The wooden pipes are made of sugar pine.The pipes range in size from the tiny piccolo pipe measuring 2.5cm long to the massive 5 metre wooden major bass pipe that emulates the tuba. Metal pipes are played with a reed like a wind instrument.