Posted on 27 January 2003
The Centre will provide the University’s Department of Music with a special international-standard facility, built to the highest acoustic specification, to enable the Department to extend its vibrant performance programme, its outreach work, and its world-class research.
The first turf will be cut by Mrs Carol Rymer and Mr Tim Rymer. At the Centre’s heart will be a 150-seat concert hall, the Arthur Rymer Auditorium, with unique acoustics specially designed for ‘surround sound’ reproduction, and housing the Department’s new Fazioli grand piano.
Professor Roger Marsh, Head of the Department of Music, said: “Like the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, this will be a fantastic asset for the people of York and the region -.the whole complex will become a focus for performance and the arts. The designs are wonderful - the architects are Van Heyningen and Haward, who are well known for the National Centre for Early Music in York.
“The new designs, and the acoustic specification necessary for music technology research, will transform music research at York.”
The building, which will extend the foyer of the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, linking it to the new auditorium, will also house a professional studio, workshops, laboratories and research spaces for staff and postgraduates.
The Centre has been funded by a partnership between the University and many local, private benefactors, coordinated by the Heslington Foundation. Generous donations were also received from successful music professionals who were former students of the Department. The building will open in December 2003.