Wells Cathedral School has built a world class performing arts venue, Cedars Hall. Designed by leading London architect, Eric Parry, this is the most audacious development in the school's history.
Cedars Hall provides sought after rehearsal, teaching and performance space for the school's 200 specialist musicians and serves as a hub for its significant community outreach which provides music education, including workshops, concerts and master classes, for thousands of primary school children, elderly and disability groups in the South West each year.
With capacity for audiences of 350, the main recital hall is a flexible and modern performance space; it accommodates an orchestra of 60 performers and an audience of 250, with other configurations possible through adaptation of seating and platforms. Whilst the hall's award-winning design has been devised to give chamber musicians the very best acoustic experience, the flexibility of the technical specification means that this venue is accessible for performers of every discipline – for amplified music, dance, drama and lectures.
Cedars Hall includes three further teaching and practice spaces, each adjoining unique observation facilities as well as a foyer, bar and storage. Featuring state-of-the-art recording facilities, Cedars Hall is a venue for broadcast quality production, reflecting industry standards.
To date, major trusts and foundations, government funding and donations from individuals have enabled us to raise more than £8.6m raised towards this £9.4m campaign. In the final phase of the project, with the opening season planned for October 2016, we are now seeking your support to enable us to close the gap.
Naming opportunities are available, including our Take Your Seat campaign, which offers donors the chance to name a seat in Cedars Hall in perpetuity, from just £20 a month.
See from page 10 in our campaign brochure for more information.
Click here for a copy of the gift form.