King’s began in Remuera, but moved to Middlemore in 1922 thanks to steady growth in the roll, and amalgamation with St John’s Collegiate. Many of the earliest buildings remain and are central to College life, including the Abbott Building, and our Memorial Chapel which opened in 1925.
Since opening on the Middlemore site, growth has been accommodated through a continuing programme of building development. Boarding houses have been re-sited on extensions to the property. A gymnasium, assembly hall (The Great Hall), science and art blocks, and the music school have all added valuable new spaces and facilities for students.
The College’s centenary was marked by the opening of a new library, another science building, more classrooms, and a university-style lecture theatre. More recently, the Roy Kelley Design Technology Centre, the magnificent Campbell sports complex, and the beautiful Chapel Close have been added. Development of new buildings and the evolution of our College site is an ongoing activity as we look to support the continued success of all students.
In 2020, King’s College Conservatorium of Music will be housed in the historic setting of the Memorial Hall, an iconic building in the centre of the school grounds overlooking the fields, and next door to the chapel. The hall features an ideal master class and forum setting, tutorial rooms, and facilities akin to the English tradition. These beautiful surroundings provide the perfect location and inspiration for young musicians to flourish.
New Performing Arts Centre – construction 2020
At King’s we believe that the arts are one of the most powerful forces for change in society, providing people of all ages with exciting ways to express and communicate ideas. They inspire us with their beauty, challenge us to understand our world in new ways, and complement what we know by giving us powerful and enduring ways to feel. They deliver both emotion and balance.
Commitment to the arts at King’s will be clearly visible in 2020 with the construction of a bold new Performing Arts Centre designed by Andrew Patterson. Wrapping around the Great Hall, this striking new building will complement the heritage of the College, and will create a wonderful gathering place to showcase the College’s performing arts programmes.
With an innovative, flexible design, the new facility will provide staff with a platform for best practice in teaching and learning for the delivery of speciality programmes and courses. It will include:
- a theatre with capacity that is expandable to nearly 300
- dedicated music classrooms
- a recording studio
- music practice rooms
- an orchestra room
- green rooms
King’s has a rich tradition of music and the performing arts. With the addition of the new Performing Arts Centre, the many opportunities for music and the performing arts to enrich the lives of students and the College community will be greatly enhanced.
Further Information for International Conservatorium Applicants
For further information about King’s College and the admissions process for international students, please see the following links:
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