Terms of Hire

The rooms are also available to rent for tuition, rehearsals and performances but subject to certain conditions.

  • The minimum hire period for any rooms is 2 hours.

  • Hirers need to be specific as to the use they intend to make of the premises.

  • This is a private venue and cannot be used for events advertising and selling tickets to the public.

  • If you use our premises and want to raise funds, you are limited to an invited audience and donations.

  • The Steinway pianos are tuned regularly. If you require one or both to be tuned specially (for example, for recording), ideally one month’s notice is required and you may be charged.

  • Smoking is not permitted on the premises.

  • The sale of alcohol is prohibited.

  • Dancing is not allowed.

  • Amplified music is not allowed.

  • There are no facilities for cooking or heating food. If you wish to entertain, please bring your own refreshments, dishes, glasses etc. You may use outside caterers if you wish.

  • Tea and coffee making facilities are available.

  • Please remove all rubbish and leftover food when vacating the premises.

  • We do not offer WiFi or projectors for meetings.

  • There is a stair lift for those who have mobility issues. Please note, however, that in general the building is not wheelchair accessible.

  • There is no janitor and hirers are trusted with keys that they need to collect and return to a nearby shop (6 minutes’ walk).

  • The ESM is happy to support other musical endeavours, but we would appreciate it if you do not use our notice board to publicise events which conflict with our own Saturday evening recitals. (Any such advertising will be removed.)