The Department of Music is housed in an attractive building which radiates out from the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall.
The unique hexagonal shape of this 350-seat concert hall affords it one of the finest acoustics for instrumental and vocal performance in the North of England. As well as the newly-rebuilt pipe organ there are two Steinway grand pianos, a chamber organ, and a full complement of percussion.
Surrounding the main concert hall are dozens of teaching rooms and practice facilities. All spaces are designed to be flexible and are used for projects, seminars, ensemble rehearsals and recordings.
The state-of-the-art Music Research Centre houses the department's second performance space, the Arthur Sykes Rymer Auditorium. Smaller and more intimate than the Lyons, the Rymer is one of the finest listening spaces for reproduced sound in the United Kingdom. Designed for experimentation and electroacoustic performance, the Rymer is thoroughly sound-proofed and features a completely neutral acoustic to complement to Genelec 5.1 speaker installation.