New College Practice Facilities

The College currently has the following spaces and instruments available for use by Junior Members. They are housed in a variety of spaces none of which are dedicated practice spaces and are not always available to play; please read the notes on the spaces below carefully.

These notes detail the instruments that are kept in each space.

The College’s instruments are a shared resource, and care must be taken in using them. Instruments, stools, covers, music racks, and headphones should under no circumstances be removed from the spaces. All the instruments – with the exception of the electric piano – come with their own bespoke covers, and all must be closed up and covered at the end of a session. It is the Junior Member’s responsibility to report any damage or wear and tear to Professor Michael Burden.

The Chapel

Instruments: Steinway Model D and a double manual harpsichord by Robert Goble.

These are both primarily concert instruments, and are not available for general practice. They may only be played in the week preceding a recital for which the performer is booked.

The Chapel can be booked through Nancy-Jane Rucker in the Chapel Office.

The Old Bursary

Instrument: Steinway Model A.

In order to play this instrument, you need to request that your name be added to the Old Bursary list held by the Lodge. In order to do this, email the Organist, Professor Robert Quinney.

The Old Bursary is a teaching room, and cannot be booked by undergraduates. Check with the Lodge on its availability.

The Long Room

Instrument: C Bechstein Model V.

The Bechstein – a Viennese piano from 1902, serial number 59847 – has been recently overhauled.

The Long Room can booked through Joan Fraser.

11 NB Basement Practice Room

Instruments: A Yamaha electronic piano and a clavichord by Robert Goble.

The practice room is not soundproof, although it has a sound absorbant ceiling, and curtains and a carpet. The clavichord is by definition a very quiet instrument, and the electric piano should either be used quietly, or muted and with the earphones provided.

11 NB Basement Practice Room can be booked with Lodge, and the keys signed out with the porters.

7 OB Basement Band Room

Instruments: 2 Yamaha keyboards, a Pearl Drumkit, microphones and amps.

The Band Room is soundproofed and can be used for individual practice or to rehearse with a band. The electronic equipment available in the room means it is useful for any band that needs amplification (e.g. with guitars) or a drumkit; the room is best suited to non-classical ensembles. Users should report any difficulties or breakages to the JCR Band Room officer

7 OB Basement Band Room can be booked with Lodge, and the keys signed out with the porters.