The widely acclaimed Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, with its ultra-modern design and acoustics, was built by the City of Cape Town and inaugurated in 2002 thanks to the relentless efforts of the former principal Mr Leon Hartshorne and the former Parow/Tygerberg mayor, Mr Attie Adriaanse. The Auditorium is used for music performances by Hugo Lambrechts pupils, ensembles, and orchestras. It is also a sought-after venue for visiting national and international artists and has become the venue of choice for music competitions and classical music video and sound recordings in Cape Town. The Auditorium seats 450 people and the stage can accommodate 70 orchestra members as well as 140 choir members in the choir gallery. There are 2 Steinway concert grand pianos available for use on stage.
The impressive foyer houses a coffee bar and an equipped kitchen, and backstage are several warm-up rooms for artists, as well as 2 large rehearsal/examination rooms, which are also available for hire seperately:
Room G9, the general “green room”, usually serves as the orchestra warm-up room. It contains a Yamaha grand and an upright piano and is also suitable for exams, rehearsals, master classes or small functions.
Room 1.3, the other large assembly
room upstairs, is the choir warm-up
room which also serves as a
G2, G3, G4 and G5 are small warm-up
rooms, each equipped with
an upright piano.
Rooms G6, 1.1 and 1.2 are suited for small gatherings, with 1.1 and 1.2 doubling up as individual warm-up rooms if no piano is required.
The Music Centre was established in 1986 in what was then known as the old Parow Primary School. The main school building consists of 28 music rooms used for tuition, rehearsals, chamber music concerts, master classes, internal and external examinations, meetings, and small functions. Each venue has been customised to be fit-for-purpose. There are 23 individual classrooms, all equipped with musical instruments as needed. In addition, there are 3 large rehearsal rooms, and 2 examination venues with grand pianos in.
The following venues are available to rent upon request:
A14 is a large salon with 2 Yamaha grand
pianos. It overlooks the courtyard and is
also suitable for receptions.
A6 is a dedicated examination
room with 2 Kawai