New multi-million pound home for young Coventry musicians - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

New multi-million pound home for young Coventry musicians

BUDDING young Coventry musicians will soon be hitting the right notes in their inspirational new home which has undergone a multi-million-pound makeover.

Newly restored Drapers’ Hall is to become the headquarters of Coventry Music which provides music education to children and young people across the city regardless of their economic circumstances, following the completion of a 10-year lease from Historic Coventry Trust.

Coventry Music, which had its offices at Foleshill Enterprise Park in Courtaulds Way, Coventry, has not previously had a venue to teach students or hold performances.

Drapers’ Hall will provide a permanent teaching base in the centre of the city as well as an outstanding venue for performances by the students.

The Grade 2* Listed former guild hall of the Drapers Guild in Bayley Lane opened as a performance venue in November.

The Hall is being used for public events and private hires operating alongside Coventry Music, following a £5 million restoration project led by Historic Coventry Trust in partnership with Coventry City Council.

Dr Geoff Willcocks, vice chair of Historic Coventry Trust and chair of Coventry Music Education Hub said: “It has long been our belief that creating a centre for music education within the city would be of huge benefit to the musical progression of its children and young people.

“Our partnership with Coventry Music, which is a part of Coventry City Council, has been vital in making this happen.”

Coventry Music teaches about 3,000 students each week and supports all schools in the city with music provision including free singing or vocal programmes which are accessible for all young people in the city.

Mark Steele, Coventry Music Lead, said: “Moving into Drapers’ Hall is really exciting and it is going to be great for children and young people to be rehearing in such a phenomenal space and sharing it with professional musicians.”

 

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