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Live Music in King's Hall

The Live Music programme at Newcastle University includes lunchtime concerts and student performances. These are free and open to everyone. (Updated 20.09.2022)

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.  

We are delighted to be inviting you back to live concerts in the King’s Hall from September 2022.  We will encourage good hygiene measures in and around the King’s Hall, and we ask that you are patient whilst we adjust to a new normal.  You will not be expected to wear a face-covering at concerts/events; however, do feel free to wear one if it makes you feel more comfortable, and please be mindful of others’ personal space.  If you show any Covid-19 symptoms, or are testing positive for Covid-19, we ask that you do not attend concerts in the King’s Hall. 

LIVE in the King's Hall Lunchtime Concerts starts again on Thursday 29th September 2022.

The concerts start promptly at 1.15pm and last around 45 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?

Updated 20.09.2022

Student performances

Student performances offer an opportunity for music students to showcase work in progress.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are not in a position to have live audiences in the King’s Hall.  Due to limited resources we are unable to stream Student Performances for the rest of Semester 2 (Updated 11.02.2022)


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.

Update 20.09.2021:

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are not in a position to offer you events, concerts or recitals on campus right now, and unable to have live audiences in the King’s Hall. Therefore the King's Hall will not be open to the public, until further notice.

However, Newcastle University welcomes you to view its series of free, online virtual ‘concerts’ – recordings or live-streamed concerts that musicians will perform especially for our LIVE in the King’s Hall audiences.   Details about how to view the LIVE Concerts at Home will be updated in September on this website.