Project information

New Music Teaching & Practice Studios

New Music Studios are essential if the School is to continue offering gifted young musicians with an environment where they can thrive and respond effectively to the excellent standard of coaching & tuition they receive. Music is currently taught in every available room most of which are inadequate

October 2012 - August 2015

Charity information: Yehudi Menuhin School

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  • Need


    Current teaching & practice rooms vary dramatically in quality. Many rooms double up as kitchens, common rooms and student bedrooms. They are physically scattered across the site. Individual practice is key for our students' musical development and students currently practice wherever they can find space which can be on the landing of a residential house, in another students room or in a corridor, small open spaces often badly ventilated with poor acoustics and no sound proofing between rooms


    The building of new studios will provide quiet and spacious teaching rooms, enabling the whole musician to emerge through the development of listening skills in an appropriate acoustic; enrichment of our students musical education through the well stocked and managed music library; improved and increased workspaces for both staff and students to enable them to focus on the musical teaching and practice; enhancement of the School's reputation as a centre of excellent for gifted young musicians.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to provide quiet and spacious teaching rooms enabling the whole musician to emerge.


    » Providing 12 new studios and a rehearsal room with appropriate acoustics and mirrors enabling the development of listening skills and correct posture

    What success will look like

    Success will be...students being more responsive in individual lessons and developing greater individual practice skills enabling them to develop as musicians.

    Aim 2

    to enrich our students all round musical education.


    » The provision of a well stocked and managed music library for manuscripts and records available to all students and staff.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...a wider education of each young musician through greater resources available, access to a wider library of recordings and music.

    Aim 3

    increased & improved workspaces enabling the focus to be entirely on the musical teaching & practice


    » the new building will provide a more conductive learning environment for all students.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...students no longer practising or being taught in rooms which double up as kitchens and bedrooms enabling a greater focus of of their time on their music.

    Aim 4

    Enhancement of the School's reputation and recruitment of students with world class potential.


    » Currently recognised as a centre of excellence for gifted young musicians these facilities will endorse the reputation of the School and its founder.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...Continued and increased interest from prospective students looking for a place at the School and greater acceptance of places offered.

    Aim 5

    to provide an effective and appropriate rehearsal space for the Junior and Senior Orchestra.


    » the large classroom/rehearsal room will provide a facility for classroom music teaching and rehearsal freeing up valuable time in The Menuhin Hall.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...easier access to rehearsal spaces for student groups, greater flexibility to use The Menuhin Hall (our 300 seat auditorium) in a more productive way.

  • Impact


    The project will enable gifted young musicians to fully utilise the opportunity they have been given to study with some of the best teachers and musicians available whilst living in comfortable surroundings. Seeing young musicians leave the School at 18 to further their studies at leading music conservatoires having developed their talents to their full potential. Future professional musicians who have begun their early performing career at The Yehudi Menuhin School.


    The building will be fully paid for from voluntary contributions and a fundraising appeal has been set up to source the £3m required for the project. There is a risk that the fundraising appeal is unable to secure the full amount. We have dealt with the risk by agreeing building work will not start until the first £1m has been raised. The School will also use a bridging loan facility to ensure the necessary cash flow during the build programme if required which has been approved in principle.


    Regular reports during the fundraising and subsequent build programmes will be given to all funders. In addition funders will be invited to view site plans, financial accounts and the progress of the development as well visiting the site.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,960,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £960,000 Studios teaching & practise studios of various sizes
      £350,000 Rehearsal Room large classroom and rehearsal room for orchestra & chamber music
      £200,000 Music Library recording & manuscript library & offices for Director of Music, Music Assistant and Librarian
      £500,000 Foyer & storage Foyer and corridor spaces & instrument storage areas
      £400,000 Fees Planning, architects and other fees
      £150,000 Kitchen, WC & ouside areas kitchen, WC, car parks, pathing & landscaping costs
      £400,000 VAT VAT on the new build

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trusts & Individual Donors £1,400,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Yehudi Menuhin School moved to Stoke d'Abernon near Cobham in Surrey in 1964 following its opening in London the previous year. Students come to the School from across the UK and worldwide. The School provides outreach opportunities to local schools and the community have access to the 300 seat Menuhin Hall for all round concert going.


    Students at the School will be the main beneficiaries of the new project. Other beneficiaries include the local community and wider amateur and professional musicians who participate in holiday music courses. Local school children will also have access to these facilities through our outreach programme.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Yehudi Menuhin School is recognised as a centre of excellence for the tuition and development of gifted young musicians. It is a designated specialist school by the Department for Education's Music and Dance Scheme and therefore responsible for providing the appropriate facilities for young musicians at the School

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Morrice - Miller Bourne Architects

    Richard Morrice is the external artichitect working with the School to create the most appropriate building with the most appropriate environment.

    Mr Malcolm Singer - Director Of Music

    As the Director of Music Mr Singer is responsible for ensuring the appropriateness of the new build in the tuition of music.

    Dr Richard Hillier - Headmaster

    The Headmaster has overall responsibility for the running of the School and in reporting the development of the project to the Governing Body.

    Dr Angela Isaac - Bursar

    Dr Isaac is the project manager for the new music studios ensuring accurate and appropriate financial and project planning.