The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. It was co-founded by Lead Patron Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty (LIPA's Principal), and is housed in Paul McCartney's old school building, which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution.
Over twenty years later, LIPA is an acknowledged part of the UK’s higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside more established institutions. LIPA provides education and training for performers and those who make performance possible, uniquely blending specialist and generic skills.
The institution delivers degree courses in Acting, Community Drama, Dance, Performing Arts Management, Music, Sound Technology, and Theatre Design Technology. Many graduates from all these disciplines have successful careers as performers, technicians and managers across the industry and across the world, often in highly desirable and specialist roles.
The facilities at LIPA include two theatre spaces, six recording studios and a range of teaching rehearsal rooms, and a new set of facilities have recently been added as part of the restoration of the adjacent Art School building. The tour will focus on the main recording studio spaces and the auditorium where we will consider some significant acoustic features of the spaces and discuss how the facilities are used.
Please note: Due to space constraints this meeting is strictly limited to IOA members only and places must be booked via the Eventbrite page below. A waiting list will be included so please cancel your registration if you are aware that you are no longer able to attend. Registration closes on Wednesday 26 April 2017.
Please only use the entrances from either Pilgrim Street or Upper Duke Street – and please note the start time.
CPD certification is offered for attendance and a certificate will be emailed to those attending on request.
Liverpool Cathedral: After the LIPA tour members may also wish to take advantage of a “Twilight Thursday” visit to the adjacent Liverpool Cathedral, which allows evening views across the city from the top of the UK's highest cathedral. If views of the city and river at twilight don't float your boat then items of acoustical interest can be spotted on the way up, including the UK's largest pipe organ, the world's heaviest peal of bells – radially mounted and mechanically isolated from the tower structure, a main space with with a reverberation time in excess of 8 seconds, the largest cathedral ... (OK stop now – Ed.) There is a small charge for the tower visit and further details can be found on the Cathedral website, see under parking below.
Topics and speakers for the evening meetings are generally identified and organised by the NW Branch Committee, but we always welcome new ideas and suggestions for future presentations. If you have any ideas or suggestions, or may even like to give a presentation yourself, please contact the North-West Branch Committee, via Naomi.Tansey@arup.com
How to get there
From the M62 At the end of the motorway, follow the signs for the city centre and then the cathedrals. When you reach the Metropolitan Cathedral turn left and head all the way along Hope Street until you reach the end and then turn right on to Upper Duke Street. LIPA is on your right hand side.
We do not have on-site parking for visitors. There is on-street pay & display parking around Hope Street, Mount Street and Pilgrim Street. Some are limited to two hours. Liverpool Cathedral is opposite and they have a spacious car park which you can enter from Upper Duke Street. They operate a pay on exit system. For more information, click here to visit the Liverpool Cathedral website.
We are a 15-minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool Central train stations. Timetable information is available at www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling 08457 484950.
For bus timetable information from various parts of the city and for a journey planner, please visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk or call the Traveline on 0151 236 7676.
A fully serviced marina is located at Coburg Wharf, just over 1 Km to the south west of the site. The river lock is attended between 05:00 and 22:00. The Leeds-Liverpool canal ends at Canning Dock which is a similar distance to the north west of the site.
Liverpool, L1 9HF