The Barbara Karan Auditorium (BKA)

Located within our Music School and directly opposite the Lord Riche Hall, the BKA is a modern space for concerts, conferences, seminars and speeches. With a seating capacity of 188, the venue is designed to accommodate music events that may require quality acoustics and the support of our dozen practice rooms. The BKA can also be fitted to accommodate social functions, where our portable bar can accommodate those looking for a place to socialise before an evening meal in the Lord Riche Hall.

Attendees in black tie attire


  • The BKA toilets are close to the venue, in the same building as the LRH.


  • Tea, coffee, choice of speciality teas and juice
    Additional options: served with biscuits, served with cakes, served with pastries, Afternoon tea
  • Hot & Cold buffet
  • Lunches
  • Evening Meals
  • Formal Dinners
  • BBQs (weather dependant)
  • Licensed Bar: Subject to license application.
    The BKA license also covers the LRH venue as in the same building.
    All other venues require a license. There is a limit on the number of licenses the School can apply for per year. We are able to advise on availability once we receive your enquiry.

BKA - Price / Seating Capacity / Venue Spec
Price - full day £500.00
Price - per hour £150.00
Retractable seating 148
Additional seating Two rows of 20
Function capacity for seating at tables Approximately 60
Room measurements 11.8m x 16.5m

All prices quoted are exclusive of VAT.


Past Events

The BKA has proven to be a perfect venue for small conferences. It has also been converted into a photography studio, adapted to accommodate receptions with tea and coffee and is the perfect location for recitals, practice sessions and concerts.




Contact Information

Lyann Kennedy
Lettings & Courses Coordinator 

01371 822 633