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Centre for Music
Developing a world-class venue for performance and education across all musical genres
The vision for the Centre for Music is to develop a world-class venue for performance and education across all musical genres, harnessing the power of three internationally recognised cultural organisations – the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama – to inspire a new generation with a love of music.
The Centre’s concept designs include a state-of-the-art concert hall and superb spaces for performance, education and rehearsal. It aims, above all, to be a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the joy of music-making first hand. Aiming to create a new civic space that draws the public from all directions and which hosts a mix of outdoor programmes and social spaces, the approach ensures the Centre would be a beehive of activity both day and night – creating a place where people want to spend time, even without a concert ticket.
The proposed Centre for Music site, which has been made available in principle by the City of London Corporation, sits on a key cultural axis in the capital, linking north from Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral and between two major new Elizabeth Line stations. With further support from the City of London Corporation in 2020 plans are advancing to the next stage, including the development of the funding model, and a broader site masterplan to create new public spaces and improve access to and around the site.
The realisation of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s concept designs would create an iconic new gateway to the City of London’s emerging Culture Mile, drawing visitors into an area that is set to be transformed over the next decade and beyond through new transport hubs, outdoor programming and major enhancements to streets and wider public realm that link the area’s existing and planned world-class cultural destinations.