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.