Guildhall School of Music and Drama John Carpenter Street

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama John Carpenter Street

Guildhall School of Music and Drama John Carpenter Street

Long Description:

The building is Grade II listed with the entry at the English Heritage website telling us:

1885-7. Architect Sir Horace Jones: with addition of 1897 by Andrew Murray. Three storeys, ashlar, 1-5-1 sashes. Ground floor rusticated and with entablature over. Central door with open rounded pediment on projecting consoles rising from Ionic columns. Ends of front project slightly with piers on ground floor and paired corner pilasters to upper floors. Decorative surrounds to all windows and entablatures over each floor. Pierced parapet over all side elevation to Tallis Street, rather similar.

The Guildhall School of Music website gives a brief history of the school and its movements:

The Guildhall School of Music first opened its doors on 27 September 1880, housed in a disused warehouse in the City. With 62 part-time students, it was the first municipal music college in Great Britain. The School quickly outgrew its first home, however, and in 1887 it moved to new premises in John Carpenter Street in a complex of educational buildings built by the Corporation of London to house it and the City’s two public schools.

The new building was completed by 9 December 1886 and the then Lord Mayor of London, Sir Reginald Hanson attended the opening ceremony. Teaching continued under the first Principal of the School, Thomas Henry Weist Hill and his team of 90 professors.

The new site, designed by architect Sir Horace Jones, comprised a Common Room for Professors and 45 studios, each surrounded by a 1 one foot thick layer of concrete to ‘deaden the sound’. Each room contained both a grand piano and an upright piano. Additionally, there was an Organ room and a ‘Practice’ room, in reality a small concert hall which was used for orchestral and choir rehearsals. The ‘Practice’ room was also the venue for the fortnightly School concerts