University of Huddersfield Creative Arts Building

By | 14th June 2017

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University of Huddersfield Creative Arts Building

The centrepiece of Music and Music Technology is the Creative Arts Building, a £15m, purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility which opened in July 2008. The building has a spacious, glass-enclosed, four-storey atrium which is used for informal concerts, displays of student work, installations, and as a meeting place for students from various disciplines. The music teaching facilities in the CAB include:

  • Phipps Hall – performance and rehearsal space with two grand pianos (including Steinway D) and professional-quality recording studio attached.  Also houses a 26 stop, two manual tracker action organ
  • four ‘smart classroom’ lecture rooms outfitted with cutting-edge audio/video hardware and software
  • one 25-seat PC lab and two 24-seat Mac labs
  • 26 practice rooms
  • one large ensemble and four chamber/pop ensemble rehearsal rooms
  • two large piano practice rooms
  • two percussion practice rooms
  • organ practice room
  • extensive instrument collection
  • early music studio
  • a range of Music Technology studios and workstations

Phipps Concert Hall

Housed within the Creative Arts Building, Phipps Concert Hall is a flexible, multi-purpose space used for concerts, teaching, and rehearsals. It seats 120, contains two grand pianos (including a brand new Steinway D) and is attached to a professional-quality recording studio. With adjustable acoustic curtains, the hall is particularly well suited for multi-channel electroacoustic music.

The Phipps also contains a 26-stop, two-manual tracker action organ built by the firm of JW Walker. A very generous gift of Mr Michael Phipps, the organ was designed as an historic copy of a late 17th Century North German instrument, taking as its inspiration the famous Arp Schnitger organ at Steinkirchen. The organ is tuned to unequal temperament (Valotti).

St Paul’s Hall

St Paul’s Hall is a beautifully converted Georgian church built in 1829 that now provides a venue for a range of concerts by student soloists, ensembles and guest artists in the Music Department’s annual Concerts Series.  In November each year the Hall also hosts many of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival events – the Festival’s home is at the University of Huddersfield.  The church, which was renovated into a concert hall in 1980,  seats 400 and houses a 3-manual 41-stop tracker-action recital organ (1977), two concert grand pianos, and a recording studio, together with outstanding lighting and sound-projection systems.

Music Library

The music library, newly renovated in September 2008, houses a wide range of scores, recordings and videos, including extensive performing materials for solo, chamber, and ensemble music. It maintains print and digital subscriptions to all major music periodicals. The library includes listening stations, PCs, and four group listening rooms. It is particularly notable for its extensive collection of scores and recordings of 20th and 21st Century music and is constantly being expanded in response to requests by staff and students.

Instrument Collection

There is an extensive collection of musical instruments, all of which are available for use by undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.  These are:

  • over 70 pianos
  • all standard orchestral doubling instruments
  • extensive Percussion  Studio, enabling the department to undertake most styles of music and to cover the percussion requirements for the University orchestra, wind band, brass band, new music ensemble, big band, as well as the percussion ensemble. There is also an extensive library of percussion music consisting of solos, tutor books, compilations, ensemble material and recording

Early music instruments including:

  • 2-manual French harpsichord, a copy of an original by Pascal Taskin (1764)
  • 1-manual French harpsichord, a copy of an original by Albert Delin (1750)
  • 1-manual Flemish harpsichord, a copy of an original by Moermans (1584)
  • two Baroque violins, Baroque viola, Baroque cello, and a set of Baroque bows
  • viols: two treble, two tenor, two bass
  • recorders: Renaissance consort from descant to great bass; various Baroque recorders
  • crumhorns – a consort
  • cornett & four sackbuts built by Meinl of Germany – one alto, two tenor and one bass
  • Renaissance flute
  • Baroque guitar
  • Renaissance and Baroque lutes
  • Three practice continuo organs
  • extensive pop music resources, including drum kits, keyboards and amplifiers.