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Venues and facilities

The joint hosting of the Annual Conference by the Royal Northern College of Music and The University of Manchester is intended to promote the fluid interactions between the creative, practical and intellectual study of music that are at the core of musical research today, and will be facilitated by the use of the resources of both institutions throughout the conference.

This allows us the flexibility to host a range of session types, including standard research presentations, lecture-recitals, and both acoustic and electroacoustic composition workshops. 

The RNCM and the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at The University of Manchester are situated just 300 yards from one another. In order to allow delegates full access to all parallel sessions, the venues will be used in alternation rather than simultaneously.

Morning sessions take place in one venue, and afternoon in the other; lunch will be hosted in the concourses of the RNCM on each day and the registration hub, poster presentations and publishers' displays will also be located here.

All conference rooms are equipped with data projectors, CD and DVD players and computers. Pianos are available in the majority of rooms, but must be requested in advance to ensure availability.

The University of Manchester: Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

All sessions and events at The University of Manchester will take place in the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama.

Situated at the centre of the university campus between Bridgeford Street and Coupland Street, just off Oxford Road, the Centre is a performance and teaching space that has contributed to the cultural life of students, staff, alumni and the wider community since it opened in 2003.

Home to the departments of Music and Drama, it offers a wide range of spaces suitable for teaching, rehearsing and performing, as well as practice and rehearsal rooms.

At its heart are its two major performance spaces, the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and the John Thaw Studio Theatre, which host a varied programme of arts events open to the public, including concerts, theatre productions, literature and spoken word events, seminars and lectures.  

The principal locations for the conference are:

Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall

The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall is an acoustically designed space, seating an audience of up to 350 people and with a spacious stage area large enough to accommodate a full symphony orchestra.

It is used throughout the academic year for Music's extensive series of professional concerts and recitals including the major series given by Quatuor Danel, the University's String-Quartet-In-Residence.

A large display screen and data projection equipment will be available for presentations given at the conference, plus a Steinway D grand piano.

The hall is named after Cosmo Rodewald in recognition of his considerable generosity to the University over many years.

John Thaw Studio Theatre

The John Thaw Studio Theatre is an extremely flexible and fully equipped performance space, seating approximately 100 people. It can be adapted to suit a wide variety of presentations, including theatrical productions, experimental performance and music theatre.

It is used for a diverse range of performances, rehearsals and workshops, and also as a venue for visiting professional companies and artists. The theatre is also particularly valuable as a place where students make their own independent experiments in performance.

A large display screen and data projection equipment will be available for presentations given at the conference.

The theatre is named after the actor John Thaw in recognition of the generous support from the John Thaw Foundation.

John Casken Lecture Theatre

A tiered lecture theatre seating just over 100 people, the John Casken Lecture Theatre has enhanced-quality audio-visual equipment particularly suitable for film screenings, as well as full blackout facilities.

In addition to a data projector, it also has a visualiser and a piano available for demonstration purposes.

The theatre is named after the distinguished composer John Casken, Professor Emeritus of the Music Department.

Lecture Room G16

This is a large, flexible space, able to seat 60, equipped with standard audio-visual equipment including a large screen, data projector and visualiser, and with an upright piano for demonstration purposes, plus a two-manual harpsichord.

Lecture Room F20

This is a flexible space equipped with standard audio-visual equipment and an upright piano for demonstration purposes.

Seminar Rooms SU14 and SU15

Both standard seminar rooms, SU14 and SU15 have multi-function screening facilities and keyboards for demonstration purposes.

RNCM

The RNCM is a leading international conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with a reputation for attracting talented students, teachers, conductors and composers from all over the world. The college is situated on Oxford Road with the main entrance on Booth Street West.

Facilities include a Concert Hall, Theatre, Recital Room, eight studios and various practice and study facilities. It hosts the Brodsky restaurant, a refectory and bar. 

The principal locations for the conference are:

The RNCM Concert Hall

The Concert Hall is an acoustically designed and recently refurbished performance space, seating an audience of 610 and with a spacious stage area suitable for a large orchestra.

It is used throughout the year as a professional venue for RNCM and external performances. It has open exhibition and reception spaces, making it ideal for conferences.

Carole Nash Recital Room

Seating 117 in a modern performance space with high-quality acoustics, the Carole Nash Recital Room will be equipped with audio-visual facilities, including a large screen, and a grand piano for the duration of the conference.

Forman Lecture Theatre

Recently refurbished, the Forman Lecture Theatre is a tiered space seating up to 150, and is equipped with a data projector and a grand piano for demonstration purposes.

Conference Room

The conference room is equipped with audio-visual facilities and is a flexible space suitable for presentations and meetings, seating about 50 people.

Studio 4

Seating about 30, Studio 4 is a flexible seminar and rehearsal room. It is equipped with standard audio-visual equipment and grand piano for demonstration purposes.

Studios 6 and 7

These are flexible spaces seating about 60. They are equipped with standard audio-visual equipment and grand pianos for demonstration purposes.