violin music

The Blyth Centre has ten music practice rooms that are available for use by students and staff of Imperial College - four ensemble rehearsal rooms with grand pianos and six solo practice rooms with upright pianos.

  1. In order to use the facilities, you will need to come to regiser in person. 
  2. Please come to room ML502 to fill in a form and meet with Naomi Anderson-Eyles.
  3. Registration Times are Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 15:30 and Friday 14:30 - 15:30.
  4. Players wishing to use the grand pianos must produce evidence of having passed grade 8 or above of the standard Examination Board or equivalent. You can email a photo of your certificate.
  5. Ensemble Room 1 is used for teaching, auditions etc., but may occasionally be used with permission from Oliver Gooch or Naomi Anderson-Eyles.


All rooms (except Ensemble Room 1) are available to solo players and a group of two players from 8.00 to 23.00 Monday – Sunday.

Use of rooms and general rules

  • You may only book one hour per day and not more than a week in advance. You must book a room for track and trace purposes.
  • You must put your Name and CID number in the booking.
  • Do not book under another name, we check all bookings regularly.
  • Do not take food or drink into the rooms — the potential for unintentional damage to pianos is too great.
  • Please do not move the pianos.
  • Please remember to switch off the power on the Clavinova keyboard when you have finished using it.
  • Please do not move the coloured acoustic panels in the rooms as this marks the walls.
  • Please only book ONE hour a day, and do not book the same time in the same room on consecutive days.
  • Do not make reoccurring bookings.
  • Hours: 8.00 am – 23.00
  • Please only book on the hour or on the half-hour (10.00 – 11.00 am or 10.30 am – 11.30 am). Any bookings made for quarter hours will be deleted.

Please do not leave instruments in any of the practice rooms.

How to book a practice room

  1. Go to the Blyth Centre SharePoint Site (this link will not work unless you have first registered).
  2. Click on the name of the room you would like to book, find the time you would like to use in the room, double click in the time slot you would like to book.
  3. A new window should appear with a form to fill in. Please use your name in the 'Name' field and CID (the number found on your college ID) in the CID field; when you make a booking - this is important as we may need to contact you.
  4. Enter the correct start and end times for your booking - it defaults to the date and time when you are making the booking so you'll probably need to change it. You do not need to enter the location or a description, and please note that you may not use the 'All Day Event' or 'Recurrence' fields.
  5. Click save and close the window.

Important information for bookings

Bookings may not be made more than one week ahead.  Although it is possible to do this in SharePoint, any recurring bookings or bookings made more than a week in advance will be deleted unless prior permission has been given by Oliver Gooch or Naomi Anderson-Eyles

  • Only one hour maximum will be allowed per day.
  • You will need to make a booking for track and trace purposes.
  • Individual players must not book more than one hour a day. Bookings of more than one hour made without permission will be removed.
  • Long bookings may be made to Ensemble rooms. Bookings must be made through Naomi.
  • Individual players must not book the same room at the same time on consecutive days.
  • Rooms booked at the same time on consecutive days will be removed.

External bookings

The pracitece rooms in the Blyth Centre can be hired by external organisations for auditions or examinations purposes. Recent users have included Ulser Orchestra, ABRSM and National Youth Orchestra. For further informaiton about hire charges, or to view the facilities plase contact  Naomi Anderson-Eyles