Department of Music

Facilities - Music

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

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

female student conducting recording

Room bookings

All bookings for the Recital Hall should be made to Please consult the calendar below to check availability, then email the team with the date and time you would like to book, your full name, and the society/event you are booking for.

First year recital pianists can book one hour per week on the Steinway piano in the Djanogly Recital Hall in the summer term only. Second and third year recital pianists can book two hours per week on the Steinway piano and are particularly advised to book rehearsals in the Recital Hall in advance.

Please note that a series of professional concerts take place in the Recital Hall on most Thursdays and Saturdays and that there are regular ensemble rehearsals on most evenings during term time.

Recital Hall

Rehearsal Hall

Chamber Music Room

Green Room

Practice Rooms 


Please see below for a link to the activities happening across Lakeside and the societies.

Lakeside and Society Activities 


Djanogly Recital Hall

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

It was acoustically designed by David Kenton Jones, a world leader in concert-hall acoustics.

It was listed in 2012 as one of the UK’s top 10 venues for chamber music by Classical Music Magazine, and is used by the Department of Music and also by Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

Nottingham Lakeside Arts 'What's On'


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 stores our extensive collection of percussion instruments.

moonlighters rehearsal

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.

group recording studio


Digital composition studio

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

Student wearing headphones mac suite

Practice rooms

We have 13 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. The rooms are accessible until 10pm every day.

Students can book up to two hours per day. Non-music students may use the rooms between 8am and 5.30pm if they are not required by music students.

Student playing clarinet and another playing violin

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 cannot be borrowed but there are comfortable listening booths to allow you to study the material at your leisure.

Denis Arnold Music Library

students looking at laptop

Arts Centre Lecture Theatre

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

The lecture theatre 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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Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5841