Venue Hire

The facilities of the Elder Conservatorium of Music are historic and perfect for a variety of events and functions.

From private performances, corporate presentations, conferences, forums, school groups through to musical concerts, productions and gala events.

Elder Hall in spring
  • Elder Hall

    Capacity: 660 people

    Elder Hall is one of Australia’s finest concert halls. Known primarily as a concert and performance venue, Elder Hall is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities and a range of flexible, functional spaces that can be adapted to a variety of needs.

    We are located in the heart of Adelaide in the grounds of the University of Adelaide on North Terrace. Part of the celebrated 'boulevard of culture and learning', Elder Hall is close to the Art Gallery, the South Australian Museum, and the State Library.

    Whether corporate conferences, seminars, public lectures, award ceremonies or concerts, Elder Hall offers personalised service and beautiful facilities in the unique, heritage listed surrounds of one of Australia’s oldest University campus.

    The Hall was completely refurbished in 1978, and again in 2006. It has a capacity of 660 seats and is suitable for professional, amateur and educational groups. In 1979 a spectacular organ built by Casavant Freres of Quebec was installed. Crafted in the French Classical tradition, the organ is regarded as one of the finest instruments in the country.

    Elder Hall may be hired on a per performance, per day, or per day and evening basis. Instrument hire is also available including a Steinway piano, percussion, organ and harpsichord.

    For larger conferences and events, Elder Hall may be hired in conjunction with other rooms, lecture theatres and facilities including the National Wine Centre, located within the University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus.

  • Hartley Concert Room

    Capacity: 100 people

    The Hartley building, close to Kintore Avenue, was opened on 4 December 1925 by then Minister for Education, L. Hill. The symmetrical, two-storey building with rendered external walls, terracotta roof tiling, towers, and wide colonnades is a fine example of the Spanish Mission style popular at the time.

    On the first floor, the elegant Hartley Concert Room features a soaring ceiling with dark exposed beams, parquet floors, and tall windows that provide abundant natural light. A small dais with a Steinway grand piano that is available for hire makes for an excellent intimate concert venue; built-in audio-visual facilities and movable seating provide solutions for conferences and lectures.

  • Madley Rehearsal Studio

    Capacity: 100 people

    The Madley building was refurbished in 2002 with practice rooms and rehearsal studios for percussion and jazz. On the ground floor overlooking the lawn and garden of Pfitzner Court, the more modern Madley Rehearsal Studio features a high ceiling and parquet floors. Built-in audio-visual facilities and moveable seating make this a great space for conferences and lectures, while Steinway and Yamaha grand pianos allow for an intimate concert setting. Along the hallway from the Studio, small soundproofed practice rooms are also available for hire.

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What's on at The Con



Lunchtime Concert - Elder Conservatorium Woodwinds

Featuring staff members Lloyd Van’t Hoff and Emma Gregan, with alumni Joshua Oates and Jack Schiller, alongside students from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, performing works by Françaix, Cawrse and Mozart.



PianoLab (ILA)

PianoLab is a two-day festival (Friday 14–Saturday 15 June) that defies boundaries, reimagining both the piano and the recital within the immersive digital setting of ILA (Centre for Immersive Light and Art).



Mahler 1 (Adelaide Youth Orchestra with Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra)

Feel the power of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 1 performed by a super-sized combined orchestra of SA's finest young musicians. Under the baton of esteemed conductor Luke Dollman, more than 120 players from Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Elder Conservatorium will share the stage for an exciting program of orchestral favourites in the stunning Adelaide Town Hall.