UCL Chamber Music Club's own facilities
Currently the Chamber Music Club has one practice room. It is provided solely for the use of club members for the purpose of practice and rehearsal, and is not available to give or receive paid tuition or coaching. The practice room should not be used to store club members' instruments. This room contains a Bösendorfer grand piano. This piano originally belonged to Gertrude Keir, former senior lecturer in psychology and long-standing CMC Chair, which after her death in 1985 was donated to the Club by her husband, Laurence Wigglesworth (former senior lecturer in maths).
The room is situated in the basement of the Wilkins Building, with its entrance directly opposite the double doors that exit from the North Junction into the "Physics Yard" area. To reach the practice room, go to the North end of the North cloisters, then down the stairs on your right (next to the entrance to the Physics building). Exit the building and go though the double doors in front of you, that you can open with the keys. The practice room will be immediately on your left.
The room should be booked in the Diary which is kept in the Security Office in Foster Court. Bookings must be made in person, and the name of the person making the booking must be entered legibly in the diary; initials and incomprehensible abbreviations will not do. N.B. The Security Officers will not make bookings on behalf of members. The keys are obtained from the Security Office. A valid Chamber Music Club membership card must be left in the Booking Diary in exchange for the keys, which must be returned immediately on vacating the room. When leaving the room, please remember to lock both locks on the inner door as well as the outer door. A map showing the location of both the practice room and the Security Office can be found here.
The regulations governing the booking and use of the room are as follows:
- The piano practice room is available for use by Chamber Music Club members from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., seven days a week (last booking: 9.00 p.m.).
- Bookings are to be made not more than a week in advance (except for rehearsals for CMC concerts, which should be entered as such in the diary).
- Bookings are to start only on the hour or at 30 minutes past; bookings may be for half-an-hour or an hour.
- Bookings should be for not more than an hour at a time per member.
- Individuals should not book the same time for more than two days per week.
N.B. With the authorisation of the Chair, rules 3 and 4 may be overridden in exceptional circumstances (e.g. emergency rehearsals for an imminent Club concert).
Use of the room:
- If a booking has not been taken up after the first 15 minutes, another member may use the practice room. The member who made the original booking may, however, reclaim the room within the next 30 minutes.
- It is the responsibility of users of the practice room to return the keys to the Security Office by the end of their booked time.
- It is particularly important to vacate the room promptly at the end of the final session of the day and to return the keys by 10.00 p.m.
Please notify Professor John Lindon (Italian) if you are ever inconvenienced by club members flouting any of these practice regulations.
The Haldane Room is used for UCL CMC concerts and although the Steinway piano there belongs to the Chamber Music Club, the Haldane Room is not a practice room, and the Steinway piano is not a practice instrument.
On the day of a concert this room and the piano are available from 4.00 p.m. for final concert preparations by concert performers. Performers wanting such access before a concert must liaise with the concert's organiser for access. This is crucial since there are often several performers in any programme wanting rehearsal time on the day of a concert. Performers wanting access before the concert day must also liaise with the concert’s organiser.
Please notify Professor John Lindon (Italian) if you are ever inconvenienced by club members flouting any of these directions.
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6 March, 2013
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