The Music Centre houses a suite of practice rooms which are all equipped with a piano and music stands. In order to use these rooms you simply need to turn up and find a free room - we don't book them for individual practice, but they are sometimes booked for teaching, or for occasional society use. During these times you may be asked to move to another room.
Unfortunately, amplified sound is not permitted in the practice rooms. If you wish to use amplified sound you will need to request the Ensemble Room
The practice rooms are open whenever the Arts Centre is, as a general rule in term time this is:
Mon-Fri: 8.30am - 11pm
Sat: 9am - 10.30pm
Sun: 1.30pm - 9.30pm (will be earlier if no events on)
There will be times when the Arts Centre closes earlier or later than the times specified above. If you are unsure when it might close and think you will be practicing late please ask a member of Arts Centre staff.
Westwood Practice Rooms:
There are some practice rooms at Westwood, again with pianos, but these are due to be reconditioned, so are not in great condition at the present time. The rooms are, however, perfectly adequate for individual practice of instruments such as woodwind, brass and amplified instruments. In Practice Room 8 there is an acoustic drum kit, owned by the Drumming Society, which can be used by members of the society for practice. To gain access to the room (which is locked with an Onity lock) you need to first join the society via the Student Union and then come to the Music Centre office with your university card, and we will activate it for you.
We also have an extensive Choral and Orchestral music library for society use, percussion and instrument stores and a variety of keyboard instruments, including grand pianos and a harpsichord.
We have an electronic drum kit located in one of our practice rooms for kit players and there is also an acoustic kit available by joining the Drumming Society and having your card activated for entry. This is located in the Westwood Music Block.
The Music Centre is located within Warwick Arts Centre, the largest venue of its kind in the UK outside the Barbican Centre in London. Our larger ensembles regularly perform in its 1500-seat Butterworth Hall, whilst our smaller groups make frequent use of the two Theatres, the Butterworth Hall, Helen Martin Studio and a dedicated Ensemble Room.
The new seating of the Butterworth Hall Spring 2009 (looking from the stage)
The Butterworth Hall Stage