Music Centre

Opened in 2019, Downing has a dedicated Music Centre to provide a place for you to learn or practice playing a range of musical instruments.  The Music Centre has two practice rooms, managed by a dedicated Director of Music, offering support to you to explore your musical interests – whether it's playing an instrument or singing.


Venues for concerts and rehearsals include:

  • the Howard Theatre
  • the Howard Building
  • the Chapel
  • the Master’s Lodge
  • the Maitland Room (West Lodge)
  • the Music Room.

Bookings for the Howard Theatre, Howard Building, Maitland Room or Music Room should be made at the Porters’ Lodge. The Chaplain deals with Chapel bookings, and the Master invites the Music Society to arrange recitals in the Master’s Lodge.

Access to pianos

The College has a number of pianos available for student use. There are two pianos in the Music Centre Practice Rooms which are available for all students.

There are also a small number of grand pianos in areas which are not normally accessible.  These are available by arrangement with the Director of Music. Further details are available on the College intranet here.

Practice in other areas