Michael Tumelty speculated that Liszt played at the George Hotel in Glasgow ("Liszt's tour of Scotland revealed", Arts, July 7).
In fact his concerts were held in the Assembly Rooms in Ingram Street, built in 1796 by Robert and James Adam. When they were demolished in 1890 to make way for an extension to the Post Office building, the entrance was preserved as the Maclellan Arch, now on Glasgow Green opposite the High Court.
Apparently the Assembly Rooms were a good venue. One of the singers in Liszt's party, John Orlando Parry, kept a diary and wrote that the hall was "a nice room for sound". The first concert went well, with encores all round. Sadly, the weather-induced travel delays described by Michael Tumelty spoiled the second. It had been postponed at short notice and consequently was "very badly attended indeed", and even the "very dashing Scotch girls" that Liszt brought in were unable to prevent the proceedings from being "rather flat".
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