We boast state-of-the-art facilities for composition and performance, including award-winning electroacoustic composition studios.
The internationally-renowned building was designed by Cruickshank and Seward architects for the creation of electroacoustic music by students, researchers, composers and artists.
Studio One incorporates a suspended loudspeaker array on a custom made ceiling grid. This studio is mainly used for compositional, multi-channel and sound diffusion performance research.
The Sheila Beckles Studio incorporates a 5.1 Genelec monitoring system and is dedicated to audio in multimedia production and composition.
A hybrid studio with 10-channel monitoring system for postgraduate and staff multi-channel compositional research.
Music and library facilities
The electroacoustic building sits next to the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama which hosts many events in its concert hall and studo theatre including the annual MANTIS Festival.
Visit one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts.
Discover one of the largest university libraries in the country.
Collaboration and partnerships
The Royal Northern College of Music
The RNCM is a vibrant live music venue and conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester.
Contact is Manchester, England's innovative performance venue, and multi-disciplinary arts centre.
Students have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment and resources at The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama during their time studying Music at Manchester.
There are two major performance spaces within the Martin Harris Centre:
- The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall – has an acoustically designed auditorium that seats an audience of up to 350 people, with a spacious stage area large enough to accommodate a full symphony orchestra
- John Thaw Studio Theatre – named in recognition of the kind support of the John Thaw Foundation – seats up to 150, and is a flexible space, mainly used for dramatic productions within the university.
In addition, the Martin Harris Centre houses the John Casken Lecture Theatre, the Lenagan Library, and a wide range of teaching rooms and specialist rehearsal and practice spaces, as well as the offices of the academic staff of both the Music and the Drama departments, and the ever-important Café Arts.
There are extensive practising facilities available, including rooms for individual practice and group rehearsals. They house a large number of good-quality pianos (including eleven grand pianos), a harpsichord, chamber organ, fortepiano, square piano and a Javanese gamelan.
The Music department also owns a range of orchestral instruments, and an impressive collection of early musical instruments – including a complete set of reproduction Baroque instruments, loaned to students who play in our Baroque Orchestra, Renaissance recorders, crumhorns, cornetti and a chest of viols. A suite of electronic pianos is available for harmony work and keyboard skills.
Students have access to a wide range of music books, scores, reference tools and recordings in various libraries such as The Lenagan Library, The University of Manchester Library, John Rylands Library, The Henry Watson Library and many more.