Witley Jones complete 3 Music Department Projects
We have recently completed three unique music department projects for The Hall School, Greshams and Bromsgrove School. The schools all required bespoke furniture to address a range of issues including safe storage, shortage of space and the functionality of their music departments.
The Hall School
The Hall School is an independent day school for boys in Belsize Park, North London with a vibrant and thriving music department which plays an essential part of the curriculum for the boys.
The school required furniture that complimented the music school and allowed the teachers and students to get the most out of their lessons. These requirements resulted in us working with the school to design an instrument storage wall, cello racks and bespoke keyboard desks.
We were firstly asked to design a bespoke storage wall with alcoves to suit each musical instrument. This involved counting and measuring all the instruments as part of the survey in order for us to design a wall that did not waste space and houses all of the different instruments.
This solution allowed students to safely store instruments and maximised the teaching space available.
Cello storage racks were designed so that the school could offer the students somewhere to safely store their cellos without them being left in corridors and other places where they were in the way and prone to getting damaged. The racks were on wheels to they could be wheeled out of the way for other activities such as drama and other lessons.
We also fitted out the music classroom with desking with integrated keyboard trays similar to those that we have created for Kings School Worcester and Solihull School.
An independent coeducational school catering for pupils from Pre-Prep and Nursery through to Sixth Form in Norfolk, Greshams is in the top 30 International Baccalaureate schools in England.
Music is a vital part of life at Greshams and All-Steinway Schools demonstrate a commitment to excellence by providing students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music.
We were delighted to work with the school to furnish the newly built Britten Building which was the culmination of £6.5 million five-year project to improve the provision of music.
During the project, we designed and manufactured furniture for the 10 Peri rooms, 5 classrooms, the café and the private dining room. We also created furniture for store rooms and a number of offices within the Britten Building.
We designed several specialist music storage units to house all instruments securely and safely, as well as tables and chairs for the classrooms.
We also supplied office furniture for the several offices, secure noticeboards, a solid Oak bench seat and a private dining table. The table was designed in sections to seat 20 with sections being movable so that the school could easily rearrange this dining set up for less formal occasions.
Routh Hall is the new home of music at the school which is used by the Prep and Senior school providing the ideal environment for the school’s musicians.
Our team worked closely with Robothams Architects to develop the design of the furniture for the classrooms, peri rooms and music store rooms for the part refurbished and part new build building.
A mixture of furniture was provided including tables, chairs, pin boards, bespoke keyboard desks, music instrument storage and fitted office furniture.
We were also asked to design and install 7 acoustic panels in the auditorium where students perform, which were mounted on the wall and across the back of the stage.