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Musical Facilities

The College's Bateman Auditorium is a fine venue for music and other events. This venue acts as the regular home for the chamber music activities within the College, centred around the fine full-size concert Steinway piano (formerly owned by the pianist Clifford Curzon), and a 2-manual harpsichord by Mackinnon and Waitzmann, based on a French model dating from 1711. The College has several practice pianos both in the old part of College and the main undergraduate block at Harvey Court, including both upright and grand pianos. The rooms containing practice pianos also serve as practice rooms for other instrumentalists and chamber groups. The Chapel organ obviously receives most use by the Organ Scholars, but is also available to any member of College for regular practice (see under Organ Scholarships for further details). Besides the academic music section of the College Library, which contains a large selection of music scores and literature on music, the Library also houses two other types of music collections. The first is the Chamber and Vocal Music collection. This contains scores and parts for many chamber works, such as string quartets, and is available to all members of College. The vocal stock contains double copies of most volumes to allow for both singer and accompanist to have a copy. The second is a CD collection, containing a broad range of classical repertoire. Both collections are maintained by specific endowments and new purchases are made regularly, often at the suggestion of students.