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85-89 Clerk Street 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 Vintage Trouble, Chris Thile, Ludovico Einaudi, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Raul Malo, Echo & the Bunnymen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Richard Thompson, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Nyman, The Low Anthem, 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."
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"...Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in C. Consisting of four movements..."
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Robert Drummond
2 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
2 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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Michael Wilson
10 months 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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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
6 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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Heather Mat
4 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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marie leadbetter
4 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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2015 sees Lau release their highly anticipated new album The Bell That Never Rang. Produced and recorded in Scotland by Brooklyn songwriter and musician Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), this is Lau’s strongest artistic statement yet. At the heart of the new album lies the epic 17 minute title track, a collaboration with the acclaimed Elysian Quartet, who they appeared with at The Queen’s Hall in November 2014.

“Lau are a remarkable band - the most musically adventurous trio in British folk exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best - The UK’s best live band” (The Guardian)
“The sounds and spaces are striking” (Songlines Magazine)

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Following a successful tour of the US, the Average White Band return to The Queen's Hall for one night only.

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Aulis Sallinen: Introduction and Tango Overture; Zita Bružaite: Bangos; Olli Mustonen: Toccata; Kalevi Aho: Lamento; Erkki-Sven Tüür: Dedication; Petoris Vasks: A Little Summer Music; Unto Mononen: Satumaa; Toivo Kärki: Täysikuu; Jean Sibelius: Einsames Lied (from Belshazzar’s Feast)

To celebrate the release of Solitudes on Delphian Records, Mr McFall’s Chamber play a programme of music from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The music is hauntingly atmospheric and, by turns, passionate and reflective. The programme includes two popular Finnish tango numbers as well as Aulis Sallinen’s Introduction and Tango Overture, celebrating the popular dance band music. In a performance which shows how evocative and communicative the piano sextet can be, the beautiful and the characterful are combined with the Mr McFall’s Chamber trademark intimacy and gentle humour.

“beautifully conveyed by six very connected musicians” (Bachtrack)

Website www.mcfalls.co.uk
Twitter @McFallsChamber

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The all-girl Norwegian folk/pop four-piece play 13 instruments and rip up the rule book good and proper with their boundary defying sound.

Their live shows evoke a Bavarian Beerhouse hoedown and as testament to the band’s egalitarian approach, all members swap instruments and share vocal duties – singing in English and often a cappella – with their giant contrabass Balalaika in tow. Their new album Rockland, is out now.
“An enormous sense of fun” (The Guardian)

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Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion, bringing excellence in traditional music to venues across the country. Individually they pursue other ventures in performance, television and education but it is when they tour together that they truly shine with over quarter of a century of well honed skills and hilarious banter delighting audiences everywhere.

"Simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear" (The Herald)
"Scotland’s most celebrated folk duo... They play with a matchless level of understanding, stamped with their customary combination of technical brilliance and expressive depth" (The List)

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Beautiful wee film by Aeon​ on flautist Elizabeth Petcu as a musician living with hearing loss and developing synesthesia http://aeon.co/video/psychology/hearing-silence-on-music-hearing-loss-and-synesthesia/
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What does a classical musician do when she loses her hearing? Flautist Elizabeth Petcu finds music with her other senses
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This Autumn Ricky Ross embarks on an intimate tour which will see him draw from his extensive song writing catalogue of 30 years from Deacon Blue and beyond.

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2015 is Ocean Colour Scene's 25th anniversary and their recent sell-out acoustic tour was not only their most successful for 15 years, but also their best received, with ecstatic audience reactions every night. Simon and Oscar are continuing the theme with a tour of intimate seated venues, the perfect stages for their acoustic performances of all the big hits and anthems, including The Riverboat Song, The Circle, Traveller's Tune, Hundred Mile High City and The Day We Caught The Train.
 
These shows are the latest chapter in a remarkable career that’s seen OCS rise from Breton shirt-wearing Stone Roses disciples to one of Britpop’s biggest bands (their 1998 arena tour was the biggest by any UK group that year). In their 25 years together, they’ve enjoyed five Top 10 albums, six Top 10 singles and a mantelpiece full of awards.

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After touring with Bruce Springsteen as a long-time member of the E Street Band on both the 2012-13 Wrecking Ball and 2014 High Hopes tours, legendary American songwriter, virtuoso guitarist and pianist Nils Lofgren is touring with his own live show.

Known for his world-class guitar playing and his on-stage acrobatics, Nils Lofgren is a true rock legend in his own right. Recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band, Nils released Face the Music last year, a 10 disc retrospective box set of his 45 years of recording. Expect classic Lofgren favourites like Shine Silently, I Came to Dance, Keith Don’t Go and many others from his vast back catalogue. Nils will be joined for an acoustic set by multi-instrumentalist Greg Varlotta.

“Nils’ singing and guitar playing voice remains as distinctive today as it’s ever been” (Bruce Springsteen)
“Nils Lofgren is genuinely one of my favourite musicians” (Sting)
“Listening to Nils play and sing has been an inspiration to me for many years” (Neil Young)

Website www.nilslofgren.com
Twitter @NilsLofgren

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Time TBC: Nils Lofgren
We are currently waiting for the finalised schedule for this performance and will update this page as soon as possible (this is normally on the afternoon of the performance).

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Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour with his band Temple of Rock performing a set featuring songs from his new album Spirit On a Mission plus MSG, UFO & Scorpion classics.  
 
Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
 
Website www.michaelschenkerhimself.com
Twitter @mw_schenker

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