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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. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are not in a position to offer you concerts on campus, and unable to have live audiences in the King’s Hall. However, Newcastle University welcomes you to view its series of free, online virtual ‘concerts’ via an online platform.

In normal circumstances 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.

However, 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.  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 2020 on this website.

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Lunchtime concerts

Lunchtime concerts take place on Thursdays, resuming in October 2020.

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.  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.

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 03.08.2020

Student performances

Student performances will resume in October 2020, starting at 4.00pm and last approximately one hour.

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

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are not in a position to offer you student performances on campus, and unable to have live audiences in the King’s Hall.  However, Newcastle University hope to offer an online platform for you to view the streamed performances.    Details about how to view these will be updated in September on this website.

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 03.08.2020:

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.