The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools in London, UK. It offers students from many disciplines “an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals” (taken from the Guildhall School website).
Founded in 1880, Guildhall is a global leader of creative and professional practice, being rated No.1 specialist institution in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2013 and 2014. It is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training for under-18’s, with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians. Guildhall has over 800 students studying in higher education, these students are from nearly 60 countries around the world.
Guildhall moved to Silk Street in 1977, which is part of the Barbican complex. This building houses over 40 classrooms and practice rooms, a music hall, theatre, lecture recital room, Design Realisation workshop, technical lab space and electronic music studios (along with recording studios).
In September 2013, the Milton Court building opened, following a major building project to expand the school’s facilities. Milton Court is just across the road from the Silk Street building, providing state of the art performance and teaching spaces such as a concert hall that can seat up to 608 people, a 223 seat theatre, a studio theatre that can be used in a number of configurations and seat up to 128 people, three large rehearsal rooms and a TV studio.
Students on the Production Arts programme (incorporating Stage Management, Costume, Theatre Technology and Design Realisation pathways), use the latest stage technologies which includes fully automated power flying and state of the art lighting, sound and audio visual facilities, as well as a student production office, seminar room and dedicated computer aided design training room. The Production Arts department also offers a BA programme in Video Design for Live Performance and an MA programme in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design.
Across other disciplines, instrumentalists and singers rehearse and perform in solo recitals, chamber ensembles and orchestras. Actors rehearse and perform in all of the theatre spaces and the rehearsal rooms, with training for film and TV work taking place in the TV studio. Children from inner London boroughs can work with Creative Learning, which is Guildhall’s joint outreach programme with the Barbican.
Both buildings have cafe facilities and public foyers, with other teaching, meeting and administrative spaces in use across both sites. There is also a year round programme of classical and contemporary music presented in the Milton Court concert hall by the Barbican and its artistic partners.