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Surrey KT1 2EE

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Music facilities

Music Department iconThe Music Department is based on the beautiful Kingston Hill campus, just 30 minutes from central London by train. It has a range of specialist and dedicated facilities including five recording studios, a suite of Apple Mac computers, as well as practice and rehearsal facilities.

The tape-based Visconti Studio, based around an extraordinary 300-square metre octagonal live room and stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment (Studer, Neve, Neumann, Universal Audio, Roland Space Echo), also features a unique collection of instruments including a Mellotron, a Hammond organ with Leslie cabinet, and a Steinway concert grand piano.

The campus' proximity to London means that you also benefit from easy access to the capital's excellent musical resources as well as Kingston's own facilities.

The Coombehurst complex

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Coombehurst House Visconti Studio Coombehurst Lodge

Studying music at Kingston University offers wide-ranging training, well balanced between comprehensive training with a balance between the practical and academic aspects of music. Whatever your music tastes - pop, rock, the experimental, avant-garde or multimedia projects - we have the expertise and facilities to help support your music making.

Coombehurst House, Court Lodge and the Visconti Studio provide a range of teaching and professional studio facilities and practice rooms. There are:


  • five recording studios;
  • a computer suite with Mac workstations;
  • audio and video editing facilities; and
  • band rehearsal rooms.

Based around an extraordinary 300m2 octagonal live room and stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment (Studer, Neve, Neumann, Universal Audio, Roland Space Echo), the tape-based Visconti Studio also features a unique collection of instruments including a Mellotron, a Hammond organ with Leslie cabinet, and a Steinway concert grand piano.


Tony Viscontiís name is synonymous with ground-breaking music. He is one of record production's great innovators and has worked with some of the most dynamic and influential names in pop, from Marc Bolan /T-Rex and Thin Lizzy, to David Bowie, Morrissey and U2. In the Visconti Studio he is working with students and staff of Kingston University, as well as invited artists, to produce records.

Instrument collection

In addition to the Mellotron, Hammond organ and Steinway grand piano, the Music department owns stage pianos, timpani drums, marimba, an orchestral bass drum and other classroom instruments. We have a double size Javanese gamelan and a set of djembe drums.


We also have a 36 channel in line mixing desk, recording, monitoring and processing equipment and software, and extensive effect-generating kit.

Loans system

We operate a loans system that allows students to book out a wide range of recording and performing equipment and instruments online. Room bookings can also be made through the same system, and the studios can be used 24 hours a day.

Music in the library

The Nightingale Centre on the Kingston Hill campus is home to the music library, which holds an extensive collection of books, anthologies, scores, sheet music, periodicals, and audio and video recordings. The University also subscribes to an excellent range of e-resources for music, including Grove Music Online, RILM and the Naxos Online Recordings catalogue. These are all accessible from all University workstations.

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    Friday 14 July 2017
    2.00pm–4.00pm