About the Bramall

Our space

With a seating capacity of 450 and world class acoustics, the main auditorium in the Bramall provides an intimate environment for both performers and the audience – the perfect setting for enjoying entertaining comedy nights and classical music evenings.

Our history

The Bramall opened its doors in June 2012, providing the Midlands’ with an exciting arts and entertainment venue.   The Bramall sits alongside the impressive Great Hall and is an extension of the Aston Webb building, completing the red-brick semi-circle vision of Sir Joseph Chamberlain, which has been at the heart of the University since 1909.

You’ll notice a number of architecture and world class acoustic features that have been brought together to create the space you see today.

Did you know? The Bramall acoustics were designed by the same team who were also involved in the acoustics for the Royal Opera House Muscat, the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon.

String quartet on stage
The Bramall
The Bramall interior with piano onstage
View of The Bramall from stage
department of music
Performance onstage at The Bramall

Our students

The Bramall is home to the University of Birmingham’s Department of Music which boasts two symphony orchestras, a jazz orchestra, new music ensemble, choirs and many other groups that regularly perform at the Bramall.

The Department’s Electroacoustic Music Studios and Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), which are world leaders in electronic music composition and sound spatialisation, also use this impressive space to create and perform new pieces.

Interesting fact…in 1905 Edward Elgar was appointed the University’s first Professor of Music.

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