The only purpose-built space for chamber music and smaller ensembles in the area – our Michael Tippett Centre has one of the finest acoustics for this type of music in the South West. At its heart lies the promotion of music made by and for students.
We designed the centre with good acoustics in mind. It includes a 150 seat auditorium, which has hosted world-class talent from every musical tradition and every part of the globe. The Michael Tippett Centre hosts a busy schedule of public concerts. Previous events have included student performances, Gamelan and The Bookshop Band.
The centre is also a hub of teaching activity, particularly for Music courses.
Why Michael Tippett?
We named the centre after Sir Michael Tippett to celebrate his work as one of the most important composers of our time and his connection to the University. The venue was opened by Sir Michael Tippett himself.
In the 60s and 70s Sir Michael Tippett was an External Examiner for music at the School of Art and Design. As the Artistic Director of the Bath Festival, he invited our choir and orchestra to take part in the festival as performers. The University has subsequently enjoyed a close association with the festival.