Steinway concert piano with lid raised in the concert-hall
Image: Molly Hollman.


The award-winning Colyer-Fergusson Music Building is a purpose-built, flexible performance space that can accommodate a wide range of musical activities. It is used by staff and students from the University, the local community, and musicians and arts organisations beyond Kent.

About the hall

With adjustable acoustics and retractable seating, the hall can accommodate everything from intimate chamber recitals to large-scale choral and orchestral concerts.

At full concert capacity it has seating for around 400 audience members, 200-strong chorus, and (up to) an 80-piece orchestra. As a flat-floor space, the hall can accommodate up to six hundred audience / performers combined.

Two large, first-floor practice rooms house 25 and 40 people respectively, ideal for chamber ensemble or orchestral sectional rehearsals; there are also two smaller ground-floor practice rooms for individual practice and music lessons, as well as a sound-proofed room for band rehearsals.

Affording a dedicated rehearsal and performance space on the Canterbury campus, the building will also be available to hire as a venue for rehearsals and performances, workshops and music courses and conferences, which will appeal to a range of local, national and international music organisations.  


The Colyer-Fergusson Music Building was made possible thanks to a major donation from The Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, a legacy from Sir James Colyer-Fergusson himself, contributions from over 200 other individual donors and support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Matched Funding Scheme.

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