With a splendid hammer-beam vaulted roof and warm acoustic, the Harty Room (seating 120) is situated within the Music building where the regular lunchtime recitals and evening concerts take place. It is also the main rehearsal space for choirs and orchestras at Queen's.
Harty Room - Music Building, Queen's University Belfast
The room has a video link to the Harty Studio from where recordings can be controlled.
It houses two full-concert Steinway grand pianos, a double-manual harpsichord, fortepiano, chamber organ and many percussion instruments.
At the heart of the Sonic Arts Research Centre is the world’s first Sonic Laboratory, a space with variable acoustics, a moveable ceiling and a unique grid floor which places the audience at the centre of a 3D sound field. The Sonic Lab, with a flexible seating area for 120 people) also boasts a 48-channel sound diffusion system providing computer-controlled sound projection. Click here for more information about the Sonic Lab.
More than fifty years ago, when this building was occupied by the Student Union, the McMordie Hall was their debating chamber. Today, this spacious room with colourful light beaming through its beautiful stained-glass window is one of two main lecturing spaces within the School of Music building. It also houses many of our early keyboard instruments, three small ones on the balcony and the heavier ones on the ground floor.
In 1989 the Elmwood Hall (seating 478), situated across the road from the main University site, became the rehearsal venue and administrative base for the Ulster Orchestra. The Elmwood Hall remains available, as a medium-sized concert hall, for a wide variety of musical events, including those during the Belfast Festival at Queen's each November.
Sir Whitla Hall
The Sir William Whitla Hall (seating 1250), on the main University site, is the University's principal venue for orchestral concerts, conferences and exhibitions and it hosts the graduation ceremonies each June and December. The University Choir and Orchestra give two large-scale concerts there each year. The Whitla Hall also houses a Steinway concert grand and a magnificent three-manual organ by Compton, renovated by Hill, Norman and Beard.