Performance & Collaboration
Studying music at an internationally-renowned conservatoire means you can become immersed in a world of performance from day one. Whatever programme you choose, you will be able to perform, record, compose and collaborate with a range of ensembles. You can also take part in competitions, public showcases and masterclasses with high-profile visiting artists. Our performance facilities, meanwhile, are second to none and include the stunning new Milton Court Concert Hall, the largest of the London conservatoire concert halls with state-of-the-art acoustics.
Our support for your future
Throughout your studies at Guildhall School, we will encourage you to use your craft to benefit others, not just yourself. Believing strongly in the power of music and art to transform people’s lives, we offer training for all undergraduate music students in participatory, community settings, with opportunities to specialise further in this work at postgraduate level. In order to be a 21st-century musician, you will need a broad portfolio of skills. We will provide as much support as we can to prepare you for this exciting, enriching profession.
Guildhall presents a full public programme of student concerts, opera and recitals, numbering over 100 every term. These are marketed to London audiences and feature Guildhall musicians from undergraduate level all the way through to Artist Diploma students. Some concerts are streamed online, and many are reviewed by critics from the national press. Visit our events listings for an overview of these exciting performance opportunities.
There is a vast array of Guildhall ensembles, from the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus and Chamber Orchestra through to wind ensembles, brass bands and chamber groups. You will also find dedicated ensembles for jazz, historical performance and new music, or you can form your own ensemble. Read more about recent ensemble activities on our Principal Study pages
Guildhall School offers music students the chance to enter numerous competitions, culminating in the Gold Medal, the School’s most prestigious prize. Previous Gold Medal winners include Jacqueline du Pré, Tasmin Little, and Bryn Terfel.
You will also be encouraged to enter external competitions whenever possible and appropriate. See our Principal Study pages for news of recent prize winners.
In keeping with our global credentials, we play host to masterclasses from international visiting artists. These are free to attend and often open to public audiences. We are a collaborative institution, and our partnerships with the Barbican and the London Symphony Orchestra also lead to regular masterclasses and artist conversations with leading orchestral players, conductors and solo artists. See our Principal Study pages for news of recent masterclasses.
Our facilities and venues
Guildhall School performance spaces are designed to accommodate every kind of performance. The new Milton Court Concert Hall, which opened in 2013, is the largest conservatoire concert hall in London, with state-of-the-art acoustics and technical facilities. A regular venue for Guildhall musicians, it is also used by the Barbican’s two new Associate Ensembles, the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, whose concerts are often broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Solo recitals, chamber music and medium-sized orchestral performances all take place here.
Opera productions are staged in the Silk Street Theatre, a large, flexible theatre space with orchestra pit, and fine lighting and sound facilities. Other venues include a smaller Music Hall, a Lecture Recital Room and a performance space in the basement of the nearby Sundial Court, particularly suitable for jazz.
As a Guildhall musician, you will have access to over 80 solo practice studios, several medium-sized ensemble rooms, electronic music studios and recording facilities. The recording studio can accommodate small-to-medium-sized chamber, jazz and contemporary ensembles. It is used for workshops, portfolio recordings and CD production to fully professional standards. Students can also produce demo DVDs, both in the recording studio and in the performance spaces.
Collaboration is a major part of our approach to teaching and learning. We break down traditional boundaries and challenge convention, giving you the chance to collaborate with students from other art forms. If you join us as an undergraduate, you will work with students on the Acting and Technical Theatre programmes during the first-year workshop project. And each year, our facilities are handed over to students for an entire day of informal showcases as part of the annual Guildhall Festival. On this day, students from all disciplines come together to display their creative talents.
Performing in London, the UK and beyond
Our location in the heart of the City’s cultural quarter, and our partnerships with the Barbican and London Symphony Orchestra, mean we offer exciting performance opportunities in some of the capital’s finest venues. The Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform regularly in the 2,000-seat Barbican Hall, while chamber musicians give recitals there as part of the acclaimed LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists series. The Barbican’s Church of St Giles Cripplegate and LSO St Luke’s are also regularly used for performances.
We are also involved in performances in prestigious venues across London, including Kings Place, Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre. Further afield, recent performances have taken place at Aldeburgh Festival, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and the Banff Centre in Canada.
Additionally, students get involved in Guildhall School’s extensive programme of Outside Engagements. At these paid events, students perform background music at company and corporate functions, music for wedding services, receptions and family occasions, as well as full recitals and concerto performances for music clubs and societies.