The newly refurbished centre will offer high-quality
rehearsal space for students and staff working to develop
productions that will form part of the public programme at the
The newly developed auditorium will give students and staff
access to the very latest lighting and sound performance
technologies, improving the quality of scenography in all
performances. Its design will offer greater comfort to the
spectators, improved sightlines, a partially sprung stage floor and
a more refined acoustic experience.
This investment will offer a huge boost to Hull theatre makers,
building on the success of recent Drama and Music productions and
helping to sustain a long and continuing tradition of
inter- school performance collaborations.
Past productions have included A Little Night Music
(Sondheim), Light in the Piazza (Lucas and Guettel;
pictured opposite) and The Coronation of Poppea
Middleton Hall will provide a superb space for performers, with
excellent acoustics, ample stage space, and a fully equipped
The surrounding complex already has a range of brand new
cutting-edge studio and rehearsal facilities, including the
flagship Duality Recording Studio, which is of a scale and standard
rarely seen in higher education. It has a 48-channel SSL Duality SE
console and PMC stereo and 5.1 monitoring, alongside high-quality
outboard equipment (including Bricasti) and industry standard DAW
facilities. A unique 16.4 Ambisonic Studio provides a
state-of-the-art insight into 3D surround sound technology and its
In addition to this, a new mixing studio and recording
facilities in the hall will complement existing facilities,
providing a wide range of spaces for recording and producing music
that are in line with professional industry standards. The
University’s Salmon Grove Recording Studios were significantly
refurbished in the summer of 2013, with a new acoustic design, new
equipment (including the installation of the SSL AWS 924 and Avid
ICON control surfaces), an enhanced band practice room – all with
New rehearsal spaces already allow for ensembles of different
kinds and sizes to practice in close proximity to the concert hall,
and an additional, larger scale space is due for completion in
Specific features include/are due to include:
• Two large acoustically treated rehearsal rooms for classical
ensembles, bands, early music instruments and percussion.
A substantial recording studio with a 48-channel Solid State Logic
Duality SE console, PMC monitoring and Pro Tools HD software.
• A surround sound mixing studio with Pro Tools S6 control surface
and Genelec 5.1 monitoring.
A 16.4 Ambisonic (3D) sound studio.
A Loan Centre for reserving and using additional equipment.
In addition to live performance, the
development greatly enhances the student experience of film and
screen-based media – with regard to both its production and
Full video recording production and distribution equipment will
be included in the new facility. Screen students will therefore
have the opportunity to be part of project teams involved in
large-scale video production as part of their studies.
In the main auditorium, the latest Digital Cinema Initiatives
projector will be installed making Middleton Hall one of the most
advanced screen venues in the region. This will give screen
students the chance to watch the latest cinema releases and Blu-ray
and DVD films through an HD digital projector with full surround
sound in purpose-built facilities.