Old meets new at the Academy and you’ll benefit from both.

The Edwardian main building, with sweeping staircase, stained-glass windows and marble mosaic flooring, was built in 1911 and is a truly inspiring place to study. It’s not all about the old, though. Super-modern recital rooms let you take advantage of state-of-the-art architecture and unbeatable technology, too.

Most of your studies will take place in the Academy’s central building and the next-door Regency terrace designed by John Nash in the 1820s.

Our main performance spaces are:

  • The Duke’s Hall, our flagship 350-seat concert venue
  • The David Josefowitz Recital Hall, which was built in 2001 and has 120 seats
  • The Susie Sainsbury Theatre, a newly constructed, 309-seat venue with a large stage and orchestra pit suitable for a variety of large-scale performances including fully staged operas
  • Angela Burgess Recital Hall, a striking, 100-seat rooftop space featuring astounding acoustics that are great for both recording and performing

Since they were opened in 2018, the Susie Sainsbury Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall have won numerous awards for their innovative architecture and have seen many external performances take place within the Academy.

Students also benefit from:

  • Outstanding teaching and practice studios and rehearsal and lecture rooms
  • Further practice studios in our custom-built suite at Cross Keys Close, a short walk away
  • Use of nearby St Mark’s Church
  • Dedicated professional recording services
  • Our well-equipped library
  • The Academy Museum, which hosts regular research events and includes on-site instrument workshops
  • An excellent canteen serving healthy and affordable meals

Recording facilities

The Academy’s recording facilities have been thoroughly redeveloped as part of our major theatre construction project. In addition to filming many orchestral and other public events (recordings are available on our YouTube channel), provision for student recordings has been greatly increased.

During term time, the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Angela Burgess Recital Hall and Duke’s Hall are available (when not in use for teaching or public events) for self-directed ‘unattended’ student recordings using high-quality built-in cameras and microphones. The video recording process is simple to operate: students are loaned a tablet with an easy one-button-press app. Files can be accessed online immediately after recording.

For students wishing to work with an engineer, many audio recording sessions are available at St Mark’s, which is a short walk from the main Academy building. These sessions are available at no cost to students and allocated on a monthly basis. More elaborate projects may be considered on request, for which charges may apply.

If you’re a current student interested in making a booking, then please refer to the Recording page on the Academy's intranet, AIR.