It’s Royal Brum from now

The Birmingham Conservatoire has been granted a Royal title, Julian lloyd Webber has announced.

He adds: ‘This follows our announcement last year of HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, as our first Royal Patron.’

Smart piece of lobbying. The test is in the teaching.

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  • The photo shows the old conservatoire which is about to be demolished. They’ve just moved into a stunning £58m new building and are truly going places.

    • Rule No.1 of London-based reporting about Birmingham: if you can illustrate it with a picture of a concrete monstrosity, do. Even if it no longer exists.

      Failing that: use a stock image of Spaghetti Junction. Watch this space…

  • A series of photos and a virtual tour of this new building can be seen at

    With 500 seat concert hall, 150 seat recital hall, 100 practice and rehearsal rooms, Organ studio, 7 recording studios, a Jazz club it looks to be a fantastic facility.

    There’s lots online about the architects but it’s quieter about who were the acousticians for the actual halls: can any SD readers provide that info?

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