Department of Music

Facilities for Music study

The Department of Music is based in a modern purpose-built building.

We have excellent facilities on campus as well as strong links with venues and spaces in the rest of Nottingham. 

facilities overview


Djanogly Recital Hall

The 200-seat Hall hosts professional concerts by outstanding international musicians as well as the student lunchtime concert series, rehearsals and recital examinations.

It was acoustically design by David Kenton Jones, an acknowledged world-leader in concert-hall acoustics.

It was listed in 2012 as one of the UK’s top ten venues for chamber music by Classical Music Magazine.

Lakeside what's on listing


Rehearsal Hall

Our orchestral-size Rehearsal Hall opened in 2011. It is principally intended for rehearsals of our larger ensembles, including the University Philharmonia and Choir.

The hall is also used for occasional concerts, performance workshops and teaching.

The hall also stores our extensive collection of percussion instruments.

Rehearsal Hall

Recording studio

Our recording studio was comprehensively rebuilt in 2017. It has new state-of-the-art sound insulation and an adjacent live room. This arrangement means students:

  • can record a wide variety of instrumentalists, singers and small ensembles
  • benefit from line-of-sight as well as audio communication between producers/engineers and performers.

Students can explore everything from synthesis to recording, to syncing audio in visuals in an extremely flexible and creative way.

As a composition student, I was able to write and record pretty much anything I wanted.

The Digital Composition Studio is the perfect support for the music technology modules, and the new state of the art recording facilities match those of a professional studio.


Amy Summers, BA Music

studio and live room

two women in recording studio 2017


recording desk and studio


Digital composition studio

The studio supports our Digital Composition module and other composition and music technology-related teaching.

imac studio

Practice rooms

We have thirteen purpose-built practice rooms, in addition to the Recital Hall and Rehearsal Hall. Each is spacious and well-lit and includes upright or grand piano and are accessible until 10pm every day.

Students can book up to two hours per day.


Denis Arnold Music Library

This specialist library holds a large collection of:

  • sound recordings
  • scores
  • books
  • videos and DVDs
  • access to specialist online resources.

Recordings canot be borrowed but there are comfortable listening booths to allow you to study the material at your leisure.

Denis Arnold Music Library

Music library

Arts Centre lecture theatre

Many of our large lectures take place in the Arts Centre Lecture Theatre, immediately adjacent to the Department of Music.

Thoroughly refurbished in 2015, it offers state-of-the-art screening and audio facilities, and amphitheatre-style raked seating.

Arts centre lecture theatre





Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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