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Thanks to a generous donation from Sir James Colyer-Fergusson and The Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, the exciting new centre for Music Performance on the Canterbury campus opened in December 2012. The Colyer-Fergusson Music Building is adjacent to the Gulbenkian Theatre and Cinema, creating an Arts complex, and houses the wide range of music-making at the University.

''The feeling on stage is close to perfect, with that beautiful warm wood all around and the dimensions are just right: spacious but still intimate.The acoustics are just fantastic:  one can hear a pin drop and comfortably explore the extremes of dynamics.'' The Brodsky Quartet

About the Hall

Concert hallThe Colyer-Fergusson Music Building at the University of Kent enhances the possibilities of the extra-curricular musical provision at the University, with a purpose-built, flexible performance space that can accommodate a wide range of musical activities accessible to both University members and the local community, as well as musicians and arts organisations beyond Kent.

The hall has been designed by Tim Ronalds Architects, along with a team of consultants including Arup Acoustics and Carr & Angier.

With adjustable acoustics and retractable seating able to accommodate everything from intimate chamber recitals to large-scale choral and orchestral concerts, the hall will be able to offer, when functioning at full concert capacity, seating for around 400 audience, 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.

Foyer spaceAffording 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.

Click here if you would like further information or to discuss booking these facilities.