It houses five performance venues: a public concert hall with the capacity of 500 seats and a full orchestra, a 150 seats recital hall, The Lab - a ‘black box’ experimental music space, a 100 seats organ studio and the Eastside Jazz Club as well as 70 practice rooms of various sizes.
The new building is in the heart of the City's learning quarter, on the border between Birmingham and Aston. It will act as a cultural hub, contributing to the performing and visual arts within the city and region, as well as for students of the University.
The combination of careful attention to purpose-built detail, together with an over-arching vision of artistic and educational ambition, has delivered a lasting monument to the cultural investment of the City and the University.
The main foyer serves the five major performance venues and provides a rich and spatially diverse welcome to the building. It forms a route which connects the city and campus entrances and divides the rehearsal spaces on the north from the performance spaces on the quieter, traffic free, south side of the building.
The Recital Hall, The Lab and Eastside Jazz Club occupy the lower ground floor, with the Concert Hall and the Organ Studio above them on the first floor. Practice and rehearsal spaces are arranged in clusters around the different musical departments on the north side of the building.
Photo credits: Hufton + Crow