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Performance venues

The Department of Music has three large performance spaces on campus: the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, the Arthur Sykes Rymer Auditorium and Central Hall. In addition, our ensembles often perform at other venues in the City of York.

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

The Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall (SJLCH) is a hexagonal 350 seat concert hall at the heart of the Department of Music. The Lyons Concert Hall is the setting for the YorkConcerts Series, which hosts performances by professional visiting artists alongside concerts by university ensembles, orchestras and choirs.

The student-run Music Society holds lunchtime concerts in the Hall on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1.15pm. The Hall is also the rehearsal venue for many of our ensembles including the University of York Symphony Orchestra, University Chamber Orchestra, University Choir and The Chimera Ensemble, and it serves as a practice space for first-study percussionists and organists.

The Hall is equipped with a full lighting rig and recording capabilities for concerts and recitals and houses a full-sized organ and two Steinway grand pianos.

Rymer Auditorium

The Rymer Auditorium is one of the best listening spaces for reproduced sound in the United Kingdom.

It is a well-appointed performance space designed for experimentation, research and performance. It is equipped with an in-house 5.1 Genelec surround sound system and is used for the performance of contemporary electronic music and sound art, along with performances from a variety of musical traditions. The Rymer is connected to the control room of the Trevor Jones Recording Studio and can be used for recording.

The Auditorium has a unique acoustic and is constructed to prevent external noise from entering the space and performs to a PNC specification better than the PNC 15 standard. The room is built to give the best possible frequency response. The Rymer also contains suspension systems to mount large numbers of surround-sound loudspeakers.

The auditorium has a full-wall HD projection screen and houses a Fazioli grand piano.

Central Hall

The University of York's Central Hall is a defining feature of the Heslington Campus; it can seat up to 1190 and is located in the middle of campus. We, as a Department, use it for our largest orchestral and choir concerts, as well as some music theatre productions.

Off-campus venues

In addition to our on-campus performing spaces, our ensembles often perform in other York venues, including the National Centre for Early Music and the world-famous York Minster.