The Principal of the University of St Andrews, Professor Sally Mapstone, marked the topping out of the new Laidlaw Music Centre.

The £12.5 million music building will allow the University to provide first class facilities for talented students, many of whom engage in music at the highest level in parallel with their main academic studies.

It will create new opportunities for young people to connect with performing arts, enable the University to host national and international level recitalists, and provide access to the latest recording technology.

The building will include three rehearsal rooms, ten practice rooms, a recording suite, a library and one of the finest chamber recital halls in Scotland.

The Music Centre looks after several non-University groups, including two children’s choirs, a children’s orchestra and the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra. The University also works closely with the St Andrews Chorus, one of the largest non-auditioned choirs in Scotland, whose membership is equally divided between University and non-University singers.

Professor Mapstone said: “A centre like this is a catalyst of our vibrant, global community, in a world that needs diverse people to connect as never before.

“At the other end of the scale, the new Music Centre building will also draw us closer to the local community. For at least the last ten years, the existing Music Centre has made it a priority to work closely with the people of St Andrews and members of the local community are welcome to join all the Music Centre’s groups. This has proven to be of great mutual benefit.

“The new Music Centre is a magnificent building, but it is so very much more, a real heart in the centre of St Andrews. With its proximity to the thriving Byre Theatre, it will act as part of a creative hub in the town which will provide space for a programme of events that is exceptionally rich relative to the size of the town.”