Since opening its doors in March 2010, The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool’s International Arts Venue, has staged concerts and performances by leading national and international musicians and artists including Courtney Pine, Kathryn Tickell, Martin Simpson, Kathryn Williams, Chilly Gonzales, Portico Quartet, Harold Budd, The Necks, Arthur Jeffes, Roger Eno, Gwilym Simcock Trio, Tommy Smith's KARMA, Robert Mitchell 3io, Oysterband and June Tabor, Zoe Rahman Quartet, Darius Brubeck Quartet, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins, Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson, Neil Cowley Trio, Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, Terry Seabrooke’s Milestones, Bulbs, Phronesis, Kairos 4tet, Jah Wobble, Public Service Broadcasting, Lighthouse, Jim Moray, Stacey Kent, Dean Friedman, Togramn, Eduardo Niebla, Ian Boddy, Berta Rojas and The Smith Quartet alongside concerts by some of the best local musicians, spoken word events (Roger McGough), radio broadcasts (BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?), plays, dance performances and film screenings.
2013's Spring programme brings with it an International Jazz Festival featuring high profile national and international names such as Courtney Pine and Roller Trio, along with some of the best local jazz musicians and bands. The Spring programme also sees concerts by Joe Stilgoe, Juan Martin, Ethan Johns and June Tabor, alongside theatre, dance and film screenings.
Along with a series of performances organised by partners Milapfest, student performances and presentations and spoken word events and lectures, The Capstone is succeeding in providing a rich mix of cultural experiences very much taking a multi-arts and an international approach and bringing whole new experiences to Liverpool audiences.
The Capstone is part of Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus that comprises a vibrant Music department with strong links to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). The department also organises the yearly Cornerstone Festival (November–December) and boasts links with RLPO’s Ensemble 10:10 and with Hope Visiting Professor and internationally renowned concert pianist Joanna MacGregor.
The Campus also plays host to Milapfest, the UK’s leading Indian Arts Development Trust, whose work aims to make a difference to people's lives through inspirational performances and educational experiences. Alongside regular Music and Dance performances at The Capstone, Milapfest organise a renowned series of free monthly concerts of Indian Music called Music for the Mind and Soul on the final Saturday afternoon (1pm) of every month.
Set in the grounds of a Civic Trust Award-winning Renaissance Garden, Angel Field, the Capstone is one of six All-Steinway Schools in the UK. The Theatre is an acoustically excellent space housing a Steinway D Grand Piano, probably the best piano in the world. It is located on Shaw Street, opposite the Collegiate, within walking distance of Liverpool City Centre, and with strong public transport links to the centre and suburbs and with on-site venue car-parking.