Aberystwyth University Music
If you are interested in playing, singing or simply listening, check out the Music Centre to see what’s on offer. There’s plenty going on – so don’t miss out!
A great musical life at is one of the strengths of Aberystwyth and the University. The close-knit character of the place really makes things happen. Generations of students have discovered the special quality of music here. Aber is a good place to study. It’s a good place to live. It’s a very special place for music.
The University Music Centre promotes a wide-ranging programme for performers and listeners. Based in Laura Place, where the Old College is situated, the Centre has practice and teaching rooms. It has numerous pianos, a two-manual electronic organ, harp, harpsichord and chamber organ, as well as percussion and other instruments. The Music Library houses a large sheet-music collection with particularly strong holdings of chamber and orchestral music. Music books can be found in the Hugh Owen Library – and, of course, the enormous resources of the National Library of Wales are close at hand. Some residential halls have pianos and facilities for individual and group practice.
The history of music at Aberystwyth is long and distinguished. Well over a century ago the University College established one of Britain’s first music departments. From its beginnings, under Professor Joseph Parry – a legendary figure in Welsh culture, the musical life of the College developed in a mutually enriching relationship with the town – a relationship that has given music in Aberystwyth its special character. By the 1920s, when Sir Walford Davies – later Master of the King’s Music – was professor, Aberystwyth had become a significant musical focal point. Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Holst were among many great musicians who held special affections for Aberystwyth. It was here, too, that Bartok gave his first public recital in Britain. Performance has always been at the heart of the University’s music. It pioneered the engagement of resident performers to give regular concerts, and that commitment to professional performance as a vital stimulus continues with the many distinguished performers who come here to work alongside our own musicians.