Cedars Hall, the new music facility at Wells Cathedral School, is used for the teaching, learning and performance of music. Located in the Georgian heart of the school, the building lies on the historically significant axis of Wells Cathedral’s Chapter House and both also function as gathering spaces for the local and regional community. The new building maintains important views from the landmark Cedar tree to Wells Cathedral and views across the garden and grounds. It is linked to Cedars, the Grade II* listed Georgian house which is the administrative centre of the School, by a new curved path that follows the line of the historic Liberty wall and Yew hedge and gently slopes down to the sunken entrance.
The building contains a technically excellent recital hall and interconnected flexible spaces for teaching, rehearsing, performing and recording. The recital hall can accommodate an audience of over 400 and is recessed into the surrounding garden, which is visible through large windows. Natural light fills the space during the day and the building becomes a lantern in the landscape during the evening.
The stage, seating and acoustic wall panels within the hall can be adapted for various layouts with differing acoustic qualities suitable for a range of music styles and audience configurations. There is a generous top lit Foyer built against the curve of the listed garden wall, that doubles up as a rehearsal space for the Brass Section. On the upper floor there are purpose designed spaces for Woodwind and Percussion, each with glazed observation rooms for the specifics of teaching music.
An enabling works project saw the completion of a new sports pavilion and maintenance facility in 2015, which form a family of buildings of similar materials around the grounds.
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