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University of Liverpool to break ground on 400-seat music venue

The University of Liverpool is preparing to start work on a £20.5 million Arts and Humanities Centre featuring a 400-seat auditorium.

It’s hoped the performance space will ‘sit alongside the UK’s leading concert venues, as well as complementing established city destinations such as the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’.

According to the university, ground will be broken on the facility this spring and it will also feature three lecture theatres, seminar facilities, informal study spaces, a new cafeteria and an outdoor seating area.

Set to be situated on the south east edge of the University of Liverpool campus, at the border between the entrance to the city and the university, the new centre has been designed by Ellis Williams architects.

Acoustic consultants at Arup are also working on the project, which follows the previous refurbishment of the Department of Music’s facilities at the George Stephenson Building.

Due to be officially opened by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s chief conductor, Vasily Petrenko on 12 March, the revamped building now houses new recording and performance studios, teaching spaces and high-end equipment.

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Ahead of work beginning on the brand new facility, which will cater for more than 1,000 students and have capacity for a 70-piece orchestra to perform in the venue, Professor Catherine Tackley, the University of Liverpool’s Department of Music head, says: “The intention is to complement Liverpool’s existing musical infrastructure, and with the Arts and the Humanities Centre that means filling a gap with a venue uniquely suited to the performance of a very diverse range of musical genres – from classical and contemporary compositional to jazz and folk, and everything in between.

“Liverpool deserves this.

“It deserves both a Department of Music and a concert hall befitting of the fact that music is lifeblood here, perhaps more so than any other city in the UK.”

The university is investing £17.5m in the project, and is seeking an additional £3m to fund the development of the auditorium. Half of the amount is said to have been raised so far.