Felsted Music School

This building for the music department at Felsted School adjoins the Lord Riche Hall, the school's dining hall; a substantial red brick building with a pitched slate roof which was designed by Nicholas Hare Architects in the late 1980s. Together the two buildings enclose a new landscaped court at the heart of the school.  

The accommodation includes a performance and practice hall with integral bleacher seating capable of seating 225 beneath an exposed timber roof structure. It also provides classroom and seminar space, music and video technology rooms, a percussion room, teaching and practice rooms and ancillary offices.

The building was opened by the renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Sensitive site

Achieving planning consent on this sensitive site, outside of the village development area, relied on the new building sitting comfortably in the context of the adjacent Lord Riche Hall.  Consequently, the materials and architectural language of the new building follow that of its neighbour, the same red brick load bearing masonry construction below steeply pitched blue grey slate roofs, animated by dormer windows and ridge level rooflights.

We are loving the acoustic, which works perfectly for the size of the place and our rehearsals and concerts.
James Lowry, Director of Music

Our Team

Project Team

  • Client: Felsted School
  • Cost Planning: Newton and Ulph
  • Structural Engineer: Integral Engineering Design
  • M&E Engineer: Max Fordham
  • Acoustician: Max Fordham
  • Contractor: Jerram Falkus
  • Photography: Hufton & Crow