100 years after the opening of the original Aston Webb building, the iconic, red-brick heart of the University since 1909, the Bramall Music Building finally completes Joseph Chamberlain’s original architectural vision.
Joseph Chamberlain, University's first Chancellor: "When these buildings are complete, they will be the best of their kind in Europe and perhaps the world."
Inspiring the next Elgar
Providing our outstanding Music Department with a permanent home at the heart of the University, with state-of-the-art teaching, research, performance and rehearsal facilities appropriate to its reputation, this £16 million facility benefits everyone involved in the University’s elite and inclusive music-making and performance as well as being open for use by our regional communities.
Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor and Principal: "Professor Edward Elgar, the University’s first Professor of Music, paved the way for our long musical tradition in which music plays a major part in the fabric of the institution and its relationship with the world. Music enriches the lives of many and we recognise the importance of widening access to something that can bring such joy."
The 450-seat auditorium is the most flexible performance space at a UK university - suitable for performances from solo voice, early music, to a full symphony orchestra. When not used for music, it is a high profile location for drama and dance performance and for prestigious lectures.