University Events

Live Music

Live Music in King's Hall

The Live Music programme at Newcastle University includes lunchtime concerts and student performances. These events are free and open to staff, students and members of the public.

Live in the King's Hall lunchtime concerts, student performances and other recitals organised by the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS), take place in the Armstrong Building.

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Lunchtime concerts

Lunchtime concerts take place on Thursdays, resuming in 2019 on the 3rd October.

The concerts start promptly at 1.10pm and last around 50 minutes.

The free lunchtime concerts are made possible largely due to the contributions made by members of the audience. To help support the concerts, why not become a Friend?

16.03.2020 update

Information regarding Coronavirus


In light of the ongoing concerns around Coronavirus, Newcastle University has taken the decision to cancel all non-essential events until the end of term (27 March).

This decision applies to the LIVE in the King’s Hall concerts due to take place on Thursday 19 March and Thursday 26 March which will no longer go ahead.  

While this is obviously disappointing news, the University is committed to taking every precaution to limit the spread of the virus within our community and to protect the wellbeing of our students, colleagues and members of the public who visit our campus.

The current programme of LIVE in the King's Hall Lunchtime Concerts is due to resume on Thursday 30 April; we will review the situation with regard to the remaining events in the LIVE programme this semester after the Easter break.

Thank you for your understanding. We will look forward to welcoming you back to our events as soon as they resume.

Any significant update will be available on our website:

Student performances

Student performances return to a start time of 16:00 and last approximately one hour.

These performances offer an opportunity for music students to showcase work in progress on a public platform.

Access to King's Hall

For access to the King’s Hall, enter the Armstrong Building via the main front entrance (opposite the RVI hospital, on Queen Victoria Road). The King’s Hall is straight ahead of the main foyer.  This is an accessible entrance. 

Alternatively, you can enter the Armstrong Building via the side entrance, off the Quadrangle. Once in the building, head along the main corridor, through a set of double doors, and the King’s Hall is on your left.  Please note there are steps up to this entrance from the Quadrangle.

Or you can enter the Armstrong Building from the back courtyard area, opposite the Student Forum, by the Martin Luther King statue.  This is an accessible entrance.

There are toilet facilities off the main corridor on the ground floor, including an accessible toilet which also has a baby changing unit.

Get directions to the Armstrong Building and information about travel and parking in our Visiting Us section.