Greenhalgh Centre for Music and Drama
The Greenhalgh Centre for Music and Drama was commissioned in response to the success of Meriden’s music programs which attract some of the finest young musicians in the country. It was officially opened on 20 May 2022 by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW.
The magnificent six-level building houses a music academy, drama theatre, recording studio, recital and practice rooms for ensembles and soloists, purpose-designed music classrooms, a composition laboratory, an indoor/outdoor amphitheatre, instrument storage, green room and staff common room. A two-storey atrium contains break-out spaces for students and provides a visual and physical connection between rooms.
A feature spiral staircase, inspired by the curves of the cello, connects the six levels, and a lighting installation of hand-blown glass tubes arrayed over a six-metre swirling pendant, references piano keys.
The building embodies movement and musicality and will be home for a new generation of musicians and performing artists at the School.
The Greenhalgh Centre for Music and Drama was named by Meriden School Council in recognition of Dr Julie Greenhalgh’s significant contribution as Principal of Meriden since 2007.