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We're really pleased with our new look from recent Edinburgh College of Art illustration graduate Sophie Powell-Hall (who doesn't like penguins on guitar amps?). Check out her work here: http://www.sophph.com
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Illustration Portfolio of Sophie Powell-Hall, Edinburgh based illustrator. Graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a Ba(hons) in Illustration.
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Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande
Nielsen: Flute Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No 3
Joseph Swensen: conductor; Alison Mitchell: flute

Two contrasting but equally powerful works by Jean Sibelius frame Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen’s all-Nordic concert, celebrating the 150th anniversaries of both the great Finnish composer and his Danish colleague Carl Nielsen.

The atmospheric Pelléas et Mélisande Suite recounts a tale of doomed love through some of Sibelius’ most expressive music, while his seldom-heard Third Symphony, often overshadowed by its more assertive cousins, is a study in wit, melodiousness and musical economy. In between, SCO Principal Flute Alison Mitchell is the soloist in the idyllic evocations of Nielsen’s intimate Flute Concerto.
Kindly supported by SCO Patrons

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From a drum machine to a violin with a smartphone bow, the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 is a pioneering "mutli-instrument" that can morph at your fingertips
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The money may have come from Washington, but 10 years after Katrina, the city’s true rebirth came from within.
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Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has been one of Britain's best-loved bands for nearly 50 years.
Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you. Tonight they showcase their new studio album Myths and Heroes.

“Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue... (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves.” (The Guardian)
“Vigorous and confident... the music leapt around the room.” (The Mirror)

Websites www.fairportconvention.comwww.rogerdaviesmusic.com
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"Welcome to Jazz Club" OK, stop sniggering, there's loads of design classics in here http://www.printmag.com/design-culture-2/american-jazz-album-covers-in-the-1950s-and-1960s/
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Victor Margolin offers an in-depth look at 50's and 60's jazz album covers.
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Led by soul powerhouse Maryam Ghaffari, Edinburgh’s premier soul choir bring you a Boogie Night with special guest UK’s hottest soul diva Basement Jaxx’s Sharlene Hector.

So come and celebrate the festive season with the raucous sound of Edinburgh’s Got Soul Choir performing their spin on soul classics from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Womack & Womack, Aretha Franklin, Rose Royce, Chic, Lauryn Hill and many more.

As ever Edinburgh’s Got Soul Choir promises an infectious, uplifting and unforgettable night to feed your soul with spine-tingling, foot-stomping and soul-soaring harmonies. Accompanied by their amazing soulful band their concerts to date have been sold out in advance and are guaranteed to get you up on your feet!

Websites www.gotsoul.org.ukwww.sharlenehector.com

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Our Autumn Winter 2015 season brochure is all toasty hot and ready to download. Get some: http://www.thequeenshall.net/news/articles/autumn-2015-season-brochure
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Handel: Theodora

Richard Egarr: conductor; Stefanie True: Theodora; Renata Pokupić: Irene; Iestyn Davies: Didymus; Neal Davies: Valens; Samuel Boden: Septimius / Messenger; SCO Chorus; Gregory Batsleer: chorus director

A passionate love story and a meditation on Christian virtue, Handel’s dramatic oratorio Theodora is one of the composer’s most direct and vivid works. Its powerful music tells an ancient story of persecution and unshakeable belief.

SCO Associate Artist and historical performance expert Richard Egarr is famed for his lively, incisive music-making. He directs a cast of renowned soloists in this oratorio that Handel himself prized above all others.

Handel Insights: 6.30pm - Richard Egarr explores Theodora with SCO Viola Player Steve King

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A public talk and conversation and Q&A with Arun Gandhi - Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

Arun Gandhi, the 5th grandson of the legendary Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, was born in apartheid South Africa in 1934. Arun experienced racial confrontations with blacks and whites and seeing the potentials for Arun’s life his parents decided he should spend some time with his Grandfather in India. This was exceptional good fortune for the young Arun who then received a daily one-to-one teaching session while living with his grandfather the ‘Mahatma’ in India.

Arun Gandhi is a peace activist, author, environmentalist, journalist, speaker, agent of change, proponent of nonviolence and carries and shares the wisdom and teachings of his late grandfather around the world. He has been part of a successful campaign banning fracking in New York State and is an activist in total nuclear disarmament. He is the founder of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute which fights child trafficking and campaigns for the end the scourge of child poverty and human degradation.

Arun’s inspirational style is due to his humble way. He can facilitate personal reflection leading to deep personal change as he subtly challenges what is seen as the norm and by sharing a different and Gandhian perspective. His core message is that of Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’.

Website www.arungandhi.org
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"I think I had my first orgasm at a Beatles concert" In Glasgow?
Good article on music and memories in New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/18/arts/music/the-beatles-awaken-a-new-sensation.html?_r=0
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A night of music in 1964 taught me the joy of collective experience and the power of mass seduction.
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Directed by Tommy Smith
The warm and wonderful sound of The Glenn Miller Orchestra is preserved in some of the most instantly recognizable and universally loved melodies of all time. The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) brings Glenn Miller’s marvellous music to spirited life with genuine feeling and the deepest respect.
 
The SNJO has the remarkable power to emote, and offer audiences imaginative insights into great music. Miller was a composer who also dared to imagine. His success came after a long wilderness period as he searched for his own unique sound. It was a sound that he carried in his head and struggled to express, only to triumph with music that has transcended the passing of time. 
 
Many have recreated Miller’s orchestrations, but the SNJO are also bound to express themselves freely - an essential component of the finest orchestral jazz.

Website snjo.co.uk
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85-89 Clerk St Edinburgh EH8 9JG United Kingdom
85-89 Clerk StreetGBEdinburghEH8 9JG
+44 131 668 2019thequeenshall.net
Live Music VenueToday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday Closed
Edinburgh's liveliest music venue. Tickets & Information www.thequeenshall.net - 0131 668 2019. The Queen's Hall is a 900-capacity music venue, situated on Clerk Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. It plays host to all types of live music and presents approximately 200 performances every year. It is a key venue in the Edinburgh Festivals and hosts performances as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Recent concerts have included Texas, The Staves, James Bay, Vintage Trouble, Chris Thile, Ludovico Einaudi, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Echo & the Bunnymen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Richard Thompson, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Nyman, Dr John, Rickie Lee Jones, Eric Bibb, Steve Harley, Fiddlers' Bid, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, Mumford & Sons, Grizzly Bear, Fairport Convention, John Bishop and Laura Marling.

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Former chapel, now a 900 capacity venue for classical and jazz concerts and occasional rock gigs.- Google
"Even during the Edinburgh jazz festival."
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Robert Drummond
5 months ago
Great venue which attracts a great selection of musicians and artists. There is usually a choice of church pews or cabaret seating for music events which makes for a great atmosphere. The venue is not massive so you're not watching some blobs in the distance. The sound quality whenever I've been has always been great. They also stock Williams' beers. What's not to like?
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Gareth Fraser
6 months ago
Great venue but don't turn up expecting to put your coat in the cloakroom. The gig I attended wasn't sold out, we arrived as the support act took the stage and were told the cloakroom was full! Ridiculous experience of lumping jackets around.
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Heather Mat
7 months ago
Intimate live music venue with pew style seating around the sides and standing in front of the stage. View can be restricted but they've made this clear when booking whenever I've had restrictions. It's small enough to see the artists expressions anyway so big tick in my book! Reasonably well stocked bar for a venue.
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Kirsten Murray
a year ago
Some of the best gigs of my life have been at The Queens Hall (Bon Iver included). It's big enough to hold a decent crowd and small enough to still feel like an intimate music venue.
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sarah lewis
9 months ago
Edinburgh Quartet Postcard from Paris Queen's Hall Monday 17 November 7.30pm. Tickets £15; Concessions £12; Students £5; Children Free Founded in 1960 The Edinburgh Quartet celebrates an extensive and exciting history as one of the UK's leading chamber ensembles, having performed frequently at major venues across Britain and toured extensively across Europe, the Far and Middle East, and North and South America. In addition to an eventful concert schedule the Edinburgh Quartet can be heard regularly on BBC radio amongst other stations. The Quartet supports new music and living contemporary composers, such as James MacMillan, Michael Tippett and Howard Blake, however in this concert, 'Postcard from Paris', we see they are equally talented in bringing traditional classics to life. Harking back to their origin, they demonstrate what a vast range they can create. The opening concert of their Queen's Hall season is entitled 'Postcard from Paris', as the schedule is loosely inspired by the growth in Paris' musical connections. A trio of Violinists Tristan Gurney, Gordon Bragg and Jessica Beeston and solo Cello player Mark Bailey open with Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in C. Consisting of four movements, the first is light, jovial and playful, the second turns somber, slow but dramatic and the third is a Menuetto. The musicians performed this piece outstandingly. I lost myself in the music, however Haydn maintains to challenge the conventional and throws in the odd unpredicted surprise to keep us on our toes. After a brief interlude where Violinist, Tristan Gurney explained the Parisian connections behind the performance, he introduced Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor. Debussy lived in Paris and I truly felt I was immersed in the throngs of Parisian life. High in energy, the piece flows from slow meandering emotion to high-tension drama. Then spirals down to a still hum, a highly emotive journey. The quartet delicately pluck the strings creating a jumpy experimental dramatic energy in the second movement. The theatrical dynamic builds with elements of cine magic. This powerful charismatic piece flows, spins, glides and tingles until finally building into a frenzy of spectacular energy. The daring contrasting movements throughout the composition produces a rich story. Debussy's revolutionary String Quartet is considered by many to be one of the finest quartets ever written and it was undeniably my favourite of the evening. Following the interval the Quartet were joined by a solo Pianist Simon Callaghan, to perform Cesar Franck's Quintet for piano and strings in F minor. Franck was a Belgian composer who lived and worked in Paris. The Piano Quintet is one of Franck's most comprehensive instrumental compositions. The pianist opens the piece with dramatic vigour. The Quartet follow producing a powerful and wonderfully executed piece with tantalising pauses. The pianists hands effortlessly dance across the ivory keys. The emotionally charged piano Quintet evokes great sadness, elegant peacefulness then rises to a theatrical finale. The varied textures and skill of this composition generates remarkable stimulation. The wealth of talent here was outstanding and it is beautifully well synchronised, not one note is placed amiss. I find it wonderful to be taken to another place for a few hours, away from the rat race. A moment of escapism from every day and some self-indulgent 'me time'. To lose ones self in the music and the moment. There were times you felt there was only one instrument playing, which demonstrated how exceptionally skilled the ensemble is. The conversation between instruments took us on a musical journey of heart felt energy and drama.
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Michael Wilson
a year ago
Last here to see Otis Taylor (tonight) and I don't think I've ever been here outside of the Jazz and Blues Festival. It's a compact venue with great acoustics. You have stalls in a U-shape surrounding a central floor area (used for tables, a dance floor or a mix), seating at the sides of the stage and an upper level. The bar area is a good size with additional seating upstairs and the staff have always been very helpful. Recommended.
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marie leadbetter
7 months ago
I've seen some great gigs at this venue, it's unusual and they tend to get some very good bands on. As some people have mentioned, some seated views are restricted, but this is made clear when you're buying a ticket.
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Pete Martin
2 years ago
The Queens Hall is the best run venue in Edinburgh. Brilliant bar - superb friendly staff and plenty of them at the interval for a quick drink - fantastic range of Williams Beers. Dangerously delicious. The music acts are always sensational and the vibe is very relaxed. The seating is a bit old-school (like pews in a church) but that just adds to the unique experience. They were turned down for development funding by government arts funding body Creative Scotland (boo hiss). Come on, support the Queens Hall - get your ass down to a gig - it's the king of Edinburgh entertainment. PS it doesn't do food - just crisps and nuts :)
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