Performance spaces

Performance is at the heart of the Department of Music, from the multi-genre Concert Series to our many student ensembles. The University's portfolio of five venues offers a range of strengths for different types and styles of performance.


Firth Hall

Set in the stunning Edwardian Grade II listed Firth Court, Firth Hall is a beautiful 380-seater recital hall with a spacious stage. With its high vaulted ceiling, large leaded windows and oak panelling the Hall lends itself perfectly to a musical setting.

It is the home of the University’s multi-genre Concert Series which boasts over 100 concerts and musical events involving scores of international and award-winning performers, a kaleidoscope of choirs, collectives, composers, conductors, and many different ensembles.

Firth Hall is also our main rehearsal space for large ensembles.

Mappin Hall

Grand hall with chairs and wooden panelling

The elaborately decorated Mappin Hall is situated within a grade II-listed building named after Sir Frederick Mappin (1821–1910) who was a Sheffield factory owner and politician who supported the formation of the University of Sheffield. The building was recently refurbished in early 2020 with Mappin Hall retaining its historical significance.

The hall is used for performance lectures, workshops and guest masterclasses, and is ideal for both solo and band collaborations.

The Octagon

The interior of the Octagon main hall with seating and lights

The Octagon is the University's most flexible performance space with modular staging, comprehensive technical infrastructure, and seating for up to 1230 and is the ideal setting for ambitious multimedia performances.

This multi-purpose venue is located at the heart of the University campus with excellent transport links and nearby multi-storey car park. Technical specifications are available.

The Drama Studio

Interior of the Drama Studio with a grand piano lit by a spotlight

Converted from a 19th century Baptist church and re-opened in 1970, the University of Sheffield Drama Studio operates throughout the year as a venue for performances by academic departments, Students' Union Groups and semi-professional groups in the community.

An intimate and atmospheric theatre-style venue, with stalls and circle seating to accommodate audiences up to 245, the Drama Studio is ideal for musical theatre and dance.

Many students from the department are members of the Sheffield University Performing Arts Society (SUPAS) which specialises in musical theatre, putting together big musicals in the Drama Studio as well as other smaller projects and charity events throughout the year.

St. George's Church 

Exterior photo of St. George's
Large space with audience and purple back lit stage

St. George's Church was converted for use as a lecture theatre and student accommodation in 1994. The church is used for first and second year band performances and is open 8am-6pm Monday - Friday. 

Please note that some of our performance venues are used on a rotational basis depending on availability.