Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall is our impressive centrepiece, and is complemented by our Arthur Sykes Rymer Auditorium, one of the finest listening spaces for reproduced sound in the United Kingdom. These are surrounded by a range of rehearsal spaces, teaching rooms, practice spaces and studios.
Classes often take place in the concert hall or in studio spaces. One-to-one tuition and instrumental lessons are usually in practice or seminar rooms. During the busiest times of the year students can be found rehearsing across every corner of the School.
At York, the facilities are truly like no other university. Our on-site concert hall, seminar rooms, studio spaces and many practice rooms show how York prioritise creative music making and academic approaches to study. So far this academic year, I have been performing and rehearsing in the concert hall several times a week!
Holly, BA Music. Read Holly's blog post
350-seat concert hall
We're lucky to have our very own performance space, Sir Jack Lyons Concert hall right here on campus
New facilities coming soon
From August 2023 you'll also have access to new study and events spaces at Ron Cooke Hub on Campus East
Music at York
From choral to jazz, gospel to gamelan - almost every kind of music is performed here
We offer a range of well-equipped rehearsal spaces and practice rooms.
Each rehearsal space has a piano and access to chairs and music stands. Our pianos include three Steinway grand pianos, a Fazioli grand piano, a Blüthner grand piano, two Yamaha grand pianos, a recently refurbished mid-19th century Érard grand piano and Schimmel upright pianos.
The practice rooms are open from early morning through to late evening seven days a week. On occasion, the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall is also available for student rehearsals.
Libraries and archives
- The John Paynter Music Library (part of the main University Library) houses the central music collections and also has digital pianos and media replay equipment.
- The Library also houses an extensive collection of CDs and DVDs available for listening and research.
- Students also have access to York Minster Library which has an impressive collection of music manuscripts and early printed sources.
- The University of York Sound Archives (UYSA) has a collection of sound recordings, specialising in non-commercial, off-air and unreleased recordings.
Loans of certain orchestral, historical or non-Western instruments are available to all our Music students. Our wide range of instruments includes:
- three Steinway grand pianos, a Fazioli grand piano, a Blüthner grand piano, two Yamaha grand pianos and a recently refurbished mid-19th century Érard grand piano
- a full organ by Grant, Degens and Bradbeer
- Renshaw chamber organ
- a range of harpsichords, fortepianos and other historical instruments
- an array of orchestral instruments
- instruments from across the world including: a Javanese gamelan ensemble, Ghanaian ewe drums, Japanese shakuhachi and much more.