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85-89 Clerk St Edinburgh EH8 9JG
85-89 Clerk StreetGBEdinburghEH8 9JG
0131 668 2019thequeenshall.net
Live music venueToday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Sunday 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
"Great venue which attracts a great selection of musicians and artists."
"The pianists hands effortlessly dance across the ivory keys."
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Robert Drummond
4 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
5 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
6 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
8 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
6 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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Featuring Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O’Connor & Paul Watchorn

The Dublin Legends return to The Queen’s Hall to celebrate a lifetime of Dubliners' hits including The Wild Rover, Dirty Old Town, Whiskey in the Jar, The Irish Rover, Seven Drunken Nights and many more.

“Catch The Dublin Legends if they are appearing anywhere near you. You will not be disappointed!” (The Irish Post)

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Tue, January 19, 2016, 7:30 PM GMT
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Oh Edinburgh, will your balmy summer days ever end? Here's something to tide you over until we can break out the sunblock: http://www.theawl.com/2015/07/still-looking-for-the-song-of-the-summer
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Turn up your tunes and improve your dinner? FACT.
http://boingboing.net/2015/07/22/sound-is-the-forgotten-flavor.html
Manipulating sound can transform our experience of food and drink, making stale potato chips taste fresh, adding the sensation of cream to black coffee, or boosting the savory, peaty notes in whiskey.
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2016 will see award-winner John celebrate 25 years as a professional musician, publishing a book of his compositions, releasing a new solo record and embarking on an extensive UK and European tour. The John McCusker Band features Andy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White and Toby Shaer, some of the finest traditional musicians and singers in the UK.

“One of the UK’s most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is equally in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer” (The Guardian)

Website www.johnmccusker.co.uk
Twitter @johnmccusker

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Early in the evening on Wednesday last week, a crowd packed into the pink-and-blue confines of the Elvis Guesthouse, a narrow basement bar in New York’s East Village. They were there to hear some...
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Shirley Ghostman is Marc Wootton's comic creation, an effete and slightly vicious medium/psychic who came to fame and fortune thtough for the BBC Three show, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman. He will now be demonstrating her paranormal gift live to audiences for the very first time this October.

One of Britain's leading psychics Shirley along with his canine spirit guide Sheba have been passing on messages from dead famous friends and normal deads throughout the years. These very special live shows will give the audience the chance to enter into the mysterious ghostly world of Shirley Ghostman.

Shirley said: "I'm well excited about my live Spooktacular - on ice! Because of the special powers what I've got, I already know it'll be a huge critical success and everybody end's up loving it. But don't take my word for it, Lady Di what died has made amends with all the shi**y journalists what killed her and they've given it 6 star reviews across the board on spirit side. Not bad is it? Get your tickets now, just in case anything nasty happens to you. Or your family.”

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We are currently waiting for the finalised schedule for this performance and will update as soon as possible.
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Pioneers of the Piano

Haydn: Sonata in E minor, Hoboken XVI:34; Schumann: Papillons, Op 2; Debussy: Images, Series I (Reflets dans l’Eau, Hommage à Rameau, Mouvement); Gyorgy Ligeti: Musica Ricercata; Billy Mayerl: Salon pieces from the Savoy Hotel in the 1920s and 30s

Susan Tomes, winner of numerous awards as performer and recording artist, celebrates some of the great pioneers of piano music in this irresistible programme. It encompasses Haydn’s wit and daring, Schumann’s mysterious story-telling, the gorgeous sonorities of Debussy, and the poker-faced humour of Gyorgy Ligeti, marking the tenth anniversary of his death. Susan finishes with some sparkling Billy Mayerl pieces from the golden age of light music.

"Susan Tomes's playing has all the qualities for which Mozart himself was renowned: delicacy, agility, neatness, expressive eloquence" (Telegraph)
"Susan Tomes is one of the brightest jewels in Britain's cultural crown" (Piano magazine)

Website www.susantomes.com
Twitter @susantomespiano

Pre-Concert Talk, 6.30pm by musicologist Robert Philip (free to ticket-holders)
Susan Tomes - Solo Piano Recital
Mon, April 25, 2016, 7:30 PM GMT+1
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A stunning re-creation of one of the most popular and longest running bands in rock history. When Rumours of Fleetwood Mac hit the stage, Fleetwood Mac comes to life.

Replicating perfectly the power and subtlety of Fleetwood Mac at their brilliant best with timeless classics like Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Gypsy, Say You Love Me, Little Lies, Everywhere and many more, they will take you on a nostalgic evening of outstanding musicianship.

“An extraordinary emotive performance of Fleetwood Mac” (Mick Fleetwood)
“A stunning and emotive snapshot of the world's first supergroup” (Sunday Times)
“They do Fleetwood Mac better than Fleetwood Mac” (Mail On Sunday).

Website www.rumoursoffleetwoodmac.com
Twitter @rumoursfm
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Sun, February 28, 2016, 7:30 PM GMT
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Sneakers are nice and all, but they tend to work on one design level: if they look nice, they kinda just... look nice. But what if they were inspired by classic album covers?
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Glorious Schubert
Franz Schubert:
Grand Duo in A major D574, for piano and violin; Moments Musicaux, D780, Nos 1-3, for solo piano; Sonatina in A minor D385 for piano and violin; Fantasie in C major D934 for violin and piano

Austrian violinist Erich Höbarth is the leader of the Quatuor Mosaïques and concertmaster of Concentus Musicus Wien; Scottish pianist Susan Tomes is the pianist of the Florestan Trio, Domus and the Gaudier Ensemble.

Following their acclaimed performance of an all-Schubert programme at the Wigmore Hall in 2015, Tomes and Höbarth bring their programme to The Queen’s Hall. Schubert is shown in many different moods, from intimate to extrovert: the delicate A minor Sonatina, the serene Grand Duo in A major, three lovely Moments Musicaux for solo piano, and the legendary three-movement Fantasy for violin and piano, where Schubert’s soaring imagination expresses itself in astonishing flights of virtuosity.

Of Susan Tomes & Erich Höbarth:
“This was some of the most intuitive, candid and affectionate ensemble playing I’ve heard” (The Guardian)
“Breathtaking … if any playing could pay proper homage to Sandor Végh’s teachings, this would be it” (The Herald)

Website www.susantomes.com
Twitter @susantomespiano
Pre-Concert Talk, 6.30pm by musicologist Robert Philip (free to ticket-holders)

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There are times when only a sousaphone can get the job done: http://magazine.good.is/articles/tuba-ruins-kkk
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