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University Hall launches as Nottingham’s newest concert venue

Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) historic University Hall opens its doors this autumn, presenting the very best in live classical and contemporary music.

Florilegium, who will be performing as part of the University Hall Concert Series

Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) historic University Hall opens its doors this autumn, presenting the very best in live classical and contemporary music.

The former Wesleyan Chapel on Shakespeare Street will host two new concert series, featuring professional musicians from across the UK and beyond.

Programmed as part of the university’s cultural programme, Curated & Created, it offers students, staff and the local community the opportunity to enjoy world-class music from as little as £5.

The University Hall Concert Series launches with a performance on Friday 11 October by the award-winning Florilegium playing the works of Bach, Purcell and Handel.

Having performed in many of the world’s most celebrated venues, they are one of Britain’s preeminent period instrument ensembles.

They will be followed by shape-shifting group The Riot Ensemble on Tuesday 22 October as part of the innovative Groundbreaking series. The Riot Ensemble are one of the UK’s most exciting collectives, with a programme that stretches the genre of contemporary music to places it has never been before.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice Chancellor at NTU, said: “We are proud to be launching two new concert series at University Hall this year, bringing Nottingham the very best in established and contemporary classical music.

“Add that to the events and activities of Bonington Gallery, Metronome and NTU Music, and we are making a real impact on the local creative scene – providing high-quality, inspiring and innovative cultural experiences.”

The concerts can be booked via the NTU website at

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    About Curated & Created

    Curated & Created is NTU’s cultural programme. It encompasses the activities and events of Bonington Gallery, Metronome, NTU Music and University Hall.

    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) was named University of the Year 2019 in the Guardian University Awards. The award was based on performance and improvement in the Guardian University Guide, retention of students from low-participation areas and attainment of BME students. NTU was also the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2017, and The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2018. These awards recognise NTU for its high levels of student satisfaction, its quality of teaching, its engagement with employers, and its overall student experience. The university has been rated Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – the highest ranking available.

    It is one of the largest UK universities. With nearly 32,000 students and more than 4,000 staff located across four campuses, the University contributes £900m to the UK economy every year. With an international student population of more than 3,000 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook. The university is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable NTU to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A total of 82% of its graduates go on to graduate entry employment or graduate entry education or training within six months of leaving. Student satisfaction is high: NTU achieved an 87% satisfaction score in the 2019 National Student Survey.

    NTU is also one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, containing some of the sector’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.

    NTU is home to world-class research, and won The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 – the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage; enable safer production of powdered infant formula; and combat food fraud.

Published on 8 October 2019
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