About the Centre

Photo of an orchestra playing

A great musical life is one of the strengths of Aberystwyth and its university.

The close-knit character of the place really makes things happen. Generations of students have discovered the special quality of music here. Aber is not only a great place to live and study; it's a very special place for music.

The Old College has closed for refurbishment and all Music Centre activity is on hold, pending confirmation of an alternative temporary space for the various activities that were available. In addition, the main activity has temporarily ceased due to Government restrictions regarding gatherings.

Practice Rooms

The Faculty is currently working with Estates to identify individual practice spaces for students in particular in the first instance. We anticipate that a limited number of practice rooms will be available by early November, but will update the website when we have more information on this.

Our History

The history of music at Aberystwyth is long and distinguished. Well over a century ago the University College established one of Britain's first music departments. Initially under Professor Joseph Parry, the musical life of the College developed and by the 1920s, Aberystwyth had become a significant musical focal point. Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Holst were among many great musicians who held special affections for the place.

Music degrees are no longer offered by the University but we still appreciate the importance of a vital musical life – after all, music matters.

Music at Aber brochure (PDF)