Guildhall School of Music and Drama Room Hire

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Room Hire

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Room Hire

Hire our facilities

Basement Bar and conference facilities at Sundial Court

Located in the heart of the City Of London, The Basement Bar & Conference Rooms are part of the Guildhall School’s Sundial Court. The unique Grade II-listed building has four function rooms each boasting its own individual features and character. Situated in EC1, the venue is a short walk from numerous rail and tube stations, alongside good accessibility to all London airports. Several accommodation options within a quarter of a mile of the venue are available.

The unique Grade II-listed building has four function rooms each boasting its own individual features and character

Our in-house team will support you throughout your event; from the planning stages all the way to completion. If you would be interested in viewing the venue please contact Cathy Gigirey on 0207 382 7192 or email

Hire other Guildhall School facilities

Read information on hiring accommodation at Sundial Court Hall of Residence over the summer months.

For all other enquiries relating to the hire of Guildhall School facilities, contact Senior Facilities Administrator Cathy Gigirey on 0207 382 7192 or email

Milton Court

All enquiries to hire Milton Court Concert Hall for private events (including meetings, AGMs, conferences and product launches) should be directed to the Barbican Business Events team. For information about rates or to make a proposal, please contact them on +44 (0)20 7382 7043 or email Visit for more details

Hire Guildhall School Musicians

The Guildhall School’s External Engagements Service

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama receives requests from a wide variety of organisations and individuals to provide music and entertainment. These range from background music at company and corporate functions, music for weddings and civil partnerships, receptions and family occasions to full recitals for music clubs and societies. The School also provides vocal soloists for oratorio and choral society performances, and concerto soloists for orchestral concerts.

The music on offer is as varied as the number of groups available. We can supply individuals from solo harpists and pianists through duos and trios up to quintets performing anything from Bach to Gershwin and beyond.

Being owned and funded by the City of London, the School is in the extremely fortunate position of being in the heart of the City. The students are regular performers at City and Livery functions. In all Guildhall School students perform at over 600 External Engagement events each academic year.

To be eligible for these engagements, students, either as individuals or groups, must complete an External Engagement audition allowing the School to appraise not only performance playing ability but also professional attitude or they be recommended by their Head of Department. The School can then hope to match the correct group with each booking. Each External Engagement is different from the next and all bookings are individually tailored to the client’s requirements.


The School has a specialist Jazz and Studio Music Course. We can provide groups from solo jazz pianist to quintet.

Please note our jazz groups are not suitable for dance music.

What’s on offer

  • harp
  • guitar
  • piano (classical and jazz background and solo recital)
  • flute
  • cello
  • solo voice for weddings, partnerships and funerals*
  • flute and harp duo
  • flute and guitar duo
  • wind duo
  • string duo
  • solo instrument and piano
  • voice and piano*
  • trumpet duo for fanfares
  • jazz duo
  • wind trio
  • vocal duo and piano*
  • jazz trio
  • string trio
  • piano trio
  • saxophone quartet
  • string quartet
  • brass quartet
  • vocal trio and piano*
  • vocal quartet for service music*
  • vocal quartet for Christmas carols (unaccompanied)
  • jazz quartet
  • brass quintet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba)
  • wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn)
  • vocal quartet and piano*
  • jazz quintet

*not suitable for background music

The cost

Please contact Jo Cooper for a quotation:

Tel: 020 7382 7197

Please note that, for background music bookings, musicians are only able to travel for maximum 1 hour’s journey from London.

Bookings can only be made for events held during the School’s term time (see our term dates)

Further information

For further information or to request a booking form please contact:

Jo Cooper
External Engagements Manager
020 7382 7197