The Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre is situated in Northampton, in the old John Claire School on the corner of Kettering Road and Clare Street, half a mile from the town centre.
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Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre
The Music and Arts Centre is the home of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Service and is located just outside the town centre.
Known locally as the Northampton Music School, the building has a long musical tradition, with the John Claire School boasting two famous composers amongst its former pupils: Edmund Rubbra and William Alwyn. Another musical former student was Des O'Connor.
Since the early 1970s the building has been the home of the Music Service, now the Music and Performing Arts Service. It is the administrative base and the venue for rehearsals for all County Music Groups as well as the home of Youth Theatre, Northampton Rock and Early Years Music projects.
There are three large rehearsal areas:
- The Edmund Rubbra Hall (previously known as the Lower Hall)
- Richard Coles Hall (previously known as the Upper Hall)
- John Clare Theatre Area
as well as 32 smaller rooms equipped as teaching and sectional rehearsal rooms with pianos and mirrors.
The building serves as an examination centre for the Associated Board (ABRSM), Trinity Guildhall and English Speaking Board exams. It is also the rehearsal home of various community groups including the Northampton Symphony Orchestra, Abington Wind Band, Northampton String Orchestra and Society of Recorder Players.