The Blyth Centre for Music and Arts
This year we are excited to launch our new fund to support the work of the Blyth Centre for Music and Arts.
The Blyth Centre was created following a legacy gift from a member of staff, Neville Blyth. This allowed the College to create a dedicated space for a gallery and music practice rooms. The quality and standard of Imperial’s music and art provision is integral to ensuring Imperial is able to compete with other universities.
What does the Centre do?
Imperial is home to bright, hard-working and competitive students. This applies to both their extra-curricular activities as well as their studies. The Blyth Centre provides the resources for students and staff to learn and practise music and art to the best of their ability.
There are 11 music practice rooms which are free for staff and students to book. Students who do not have their own instruments are able to rent them from the Centre during the course of a week, term or year. The Blyth Centre also run a series of free lunchtime concerts for staff and students and invite world-class musicians to perform. There is no other university in the UK running this type of programme.
The Blyth Centre funds music activities through the Student’s Union by making grants to student groups. This covers costs like travel and a conductor for the orchestra. The College’s choirs and orchestras travel both nationally and internationally and are all extremely professional. They help to show a different side the College and its students.
The Centre also runs an art programme, led by Mindy Lee, a professional artist who has been at the College for the last 12 years. The idea of the programme is for staff and students to engage with and practice art. There is an art gallery where staff and students can display their work. There is a weekly drop in session at the art studio in 12 Prince’s Gardens as well as a free art class during term time for staff and students run by a professional artists. Previous classes include drawing, painting, clay modelling and fabric design.
In 2017-18, 40 donors generously gave £17,443 to support the Centre. Thank you.
Your gifts can support students outside the classroom
Gifts of all sizes can greatly impact a student’s overall experience at Imperial and allow them to continue pursuing their interests outside of labs and lecture theatres.
- A gift of £45 could pay for an hour lesson in singing, piano or violin for a student with musical ability but without the means to pay
- A gift of £250 could support a student travelling with a society to play in a concert or take part in a competition
- A gift of £1000 could supply the materials to run a whole term of art classes for students and staff