The new Bramall Music Building

The Bramall Music Building will provide a 450-seat auditorium for music, opera, drama and prestigious lectures as well as state-of-the-art rehearsal and practice rooms and recording facilities.

Time capsule burial - 19 June 2011

Architects impression of the Bramall Music Building auditorium


What’s the impact?

  • Helping to ensure the best quality, best trained musical professionals for the future.
  • Promoting musical performance at the highest level to reach and inspire audiences regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Completing the University’s central, crescent-shaped Aston Webb building, the inspiration for all subsequent ‘red brick’ universities and a landmark of the University and the city of Birmingham.

Why Birmingham and why now?

The appointment of Sir Edward Elgar as the University of Birmingham’s first Professor of Music led to the creation of one of the country’s leading music departments.

Today the Department of Music continues that heritage, teaching around 200 undergraduate and 50 postgraduate students annually, with strengths in musical composition, early music, 19th Century music, English music and opera from its beginnings to the 20th Century.

Improved teaching and learning facilities are urgently needed to ensure the Department continues to attract and train the best possible students and make an important contribution to the study, composition and performance of music in the UK and worldwide.

Further information

  • Images of work in progress