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The Music School was opened in 2005 by Julian Lloyd Webber. The Recital Hall and other rehearsal venues are available to hire during school holidays and occasional weekends/evenings during term time.
Our Recital Hall (11.95m x 10.67m), with Steinway Grand Piano and Harpsichord, seats up to 100 and regularly hosts music concerts and recitals, as well as being a superb rehearsal space.
External groups can hire the Recital Hall for events such as recitals, rehearsals, concerts or music examinations. Current users include: Rotary Young Musician and East Anglian Chamber Orchestra (EAChO).
The Music School also offers a large classroom (10.70m x 4.85m) which can be used as a break-out space when hiring the main Recital Hall, as well as 8 practice rooms. Purpose built, all spaces are acoustically engineered and sound insulated. The practice rooms are a great space to use in advance of a music examination, or for practising prior to a concert. All practice rooms include a piano.
The Music School is generally only available to external users during our school holiday periods. This ensures that we are able to offer unrestricted and exclusive use of our facilities where required. There will be limited opportunities to hire the facilities during term time, but please enquire to check our availability.
Availability (School Holiday Periods)
- Tuesday 24th - Saturday 28th October 2017
- Monday 18th - Friday 22nd December 2017
- 13th - 17th February 2018
- 26th - 29th March 2018
- 4th - 13th April 2018
- 30th May - 2nd June 2018
- 9th - 28th July 2018
Music School Hire Rates
Prices valid until July 2018, inclusive of VAT where applicable.
Special charges may apply for concert performances. Please enquire for a personalised quote for your event.
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Per Day (8 Hour)
There are a limited number of percussion instruments available for hire:
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Music stands are available at no extra charge.
Prices inclusive of VAT where applicable.
The Music School operates as a 'dry hire' venue, so hirers must provide all necessary staff to run the event in a safe and professional manner.
We will set the space as requested in advance of your scheduled arrival.
Before the event, the main organiser will need to complete a health and safety briefing at the venue. The main organiser will be issued with an access card to allow entry to the Music School for the duration of the hire.
The main organiser will be the person who is in charge of the event on the day of the hire. He/she will be responsible for ensuring adherence to all health, safety and fire policies. It is recommended that a trained first-aider is present at all hires of the Music School. The Leys does not guarantee that a first-aider will be present on site during the hire period. A first aid box can be found in the Music School.
The hirer must ensure that the building is kept in a tidy state throughout the hire period. At the end of the event, the hirer must leave the building as it was found, unless instructed otherwise.
Please note that we do not offer any catering options for events in the Music School, and the venue is not licensed for the sale of alcohol.