The first performance at Birmingham’s state-of-the-art £57 million music school took place seven-storeys up.
The informal festive fanfare, which included Silent Night, was part of a topping out ceremony at the new Birmingham Conservatoire - marking the completion of the roof, a major milestone in its construction.
Set to open in September 2017 the building will boast five public performance spaces - including a new 500 seat concert hall for orchestral training and performance, private rehearsal rooms, and dedicated teaching spaces for musicians.
The former Conservatoire is being demolished as part of the Paradise development.
And the new building, next to Millennium Point at Eastside, will be the UK’s first purpose-built music academy to be completed in three decades.
Conservatoir principal and acclaimed cellist Julian Lloyd Webber said: “Today is a real step forwards on the journey towards moving into our fantastic new home.
“This space will give our students even better facilities to learn, practice and perform, and help them to truly nurture their talents while they are with us.
“When we open our doors, this will be the only conservatoire in the country which has been specifically designed to cater for the demands of the digital age.
“I honestly believe that there will never be another purpose-built Conservatoire in the UK, so this is a fantastic opportunity which we are looking forward to seizing with both hands.”
Part of Birmingham City University and with a history dating back to 1859, the Conservatoire is one of the leading music academies in the country.
Internationally renowned cellist Professor Julian Lloyd Webber took up the role of its Principal in 2015.
The new Conservatoire, which is being built by Galliford Try, will be equipped with more than 70 music practice rooms for musicians and will also be home to Birmingham’s only dedicated jazz venue.
Keith Lilley, Project Director for Galliford Try, said: “The topping out ceremony is always a key part of the construction process when we can really see the building coming together.
“The Conservatoire represents one of the most technically challenging projects around and we are delighted with the progress we have been able to make so far, and look forward to delivering a world-class facility for the University.”