The Butterworth Hall has been familiar to students at Warwick for nearly 30 years. Since 1981 it has played host to some of the greatest names from Kiri Te Kanawa and The Smiths to Jools Holland and even US President Bill Clinton.
Whether as a classical concert venue or the location for graduation ceremonies, the Butterworth Hall is integral to the Warwick experience. However, in recent years it has been in urgent need of modernisation.
Those of you who attend events on campus will know that the Hall had begun to look its age. Fortunately, thanks to the support of alumni and friends, the University was able to carry out much-needed redevelopment work which will ensure that the Hall remains one of the preeminent concert venues in the Midlands.
The £6.9 million redevelopment has seen investment in essential areas such as seating, acoustics, technical equipment and disabled access. There is also a new two-storey extension at the front of the building which houses a fantastic new space for artistic creation and improved backstage facilities for visiting artists, students, amateur groups and local schools. The redevelopment costs were raised from a number of sources, including support from the University and a number of major trusts and foundations as well as alumni, University staff and local residents.
Following the successful completion of the redevelopment, the Hall re-opened in October and has once again taken its place as the artistic heart of the campus. We would like to thank everyone who has supported Warwick Arts Centre and the University by contributing towards the Butterworth Hall redevelopment appeal. With your help, and that of many other generous people who value Warwick Arts Centre, we have been able to complete these essential improvements – ensuring that all visitors, whether they are students, members of the local community or alumni, have the best possible experience each and every time they visit.
This was the first occasion on which Warwick Arts Centre and the University appealed to alumni, friends and the general public for their support and we were delighted to find that so many people wanted to help – especially while economic conditions were so difficult.
Warwick Arts Centre is passionately committed to providing the highest quality cultural experience for students and the local community, not least in the newly built creative space which is already being used for a range of activities: for a hugely successful and growing arts education programme; for artistic residencies with leading international artists; for student music rehearsals; and for special small-scale public performances for your enjoyment.
You can find more information about news and events at Warwick Arts Centre on their website.