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85-89 Clerk Street Edinburgh EH8 9JG, United Kingdom
85-89 Clerk StreetGBEdinburghEH8 9JG
0131 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 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
"Even during the Edinburgh jazz festival."
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"...Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in C. Consisting of four movements..."
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sarah lewis
3 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
7 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
9 months 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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Chris Filo Gorgolewski
4 years ago
It's a weird auditorium... you can easily get seats with poor view (they, however warn you when you book the tickets).
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Heather Mat
a month 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
a month 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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Pavel Lesník
2 years ago
Good place for live concerts, here in Edinburgh. Even during the Edinburgh jazz festival.

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Since forming in 1981, Altan's passion, energy and technical brilliance have seen them take Irish traditional music across the world including frequent visits to the USA, Japan and Europe. 2015 sees Altan release their latest album, The Widening Gyre, which was recorded in Nashville and features special guests including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas.

“The hottest group in the Celtic realm” (The Boston Globe)
"the final piece [on Blackwater], is simply the most captivating, resonant and beautiful music Altan have played, and makes useless for three and a half minutes the history of rock ‘n’ roll” (Mojo)

Website www.altan.ie
Twitter @altanmusic

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Altan
Fri, May 22, 8:00 PM GMT+1
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Three legendary names in the world of Country music are brought together in one fabulous show. Hank Williams as played by Marc Robinson, Johnny Cash as played by Rick McKay and Patsy Cline as played by Sue Lowrey perform their greatest and best loved hits, supported by The Driftwood Cowboys.

Hank Williams' Jambalaya, Hey Good Lookin and Your Cheatin Heart; Patsy Cline's Crazy, I Fall To Pieces and Walking After Midnight; and Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire, Walk The Line and Get Rhythm are all recreated in authentic and dramatic style.

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Hank, Cash & Cline
Sat, April 11, 7:30 PM GMT+1
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Mary Midgley is one of the leading moral philosophers working today. Her work has drawn upon philosophy, poetry, science and reason and informed debates around animals, the environment and evolutionary theory. She is the 2015 recipient of the Science Festival’s Edinburgh Medal.

In this event, leading environmentalist and originator of the Gaia theory James Lovelock will join her in a discussion of their lives in science, exploring the places where their worlds and works collide.

Website www.sciencefestival.co.uk
Twitter @edscifest

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RESCHEDULED PERFORMANCE FROM 24 OCTOBER 2014

Three of the UK’s internationally celebrated, award-winning musicians come together to create lyrical and mesmerising chamber music. This trio weaves together folk and jazz to make them seem the most natural and tender companions, with poignant words, enchanting melodies and heartfelt delivery.
Saxophonist Iain Ballamy and pianist Huw Warren both have international reputations as composers; June Tabor is quite simply one of today's most commanding and distinctive interpreters of traditional song. Their self-titled debut album is out on ECM Records.

“Clarity, stillness and deep but fragile sound. It’s a unique tribute to the power of song” (The Guardian)

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We're looking for a Box Office Assistant (Casual)? Could it be you or someone you know? http://www.thequeenshall.net/about/recruitment
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Over her 42 years of touring Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour. For her last major tour she has decided this is the perfect time to perform her first ever full scale solo concerts. Her performances will include songs that span her entire career so far.

As with every tour from this unique performer, you are guaranteed a mix of magical old favourites plus more recent compositions to fall in love with. Joan is as happy to play Love and Affection, Willow, Drop The Pilot and Me Myself I as the audience is to hear them.

During her illustrious career Joan has been nominated for Grammy three times alongside winning an Ivor Novella Award and being awarded an MBE.

Website www.joanarmatrading.com
Twitter @ArmatradingJoan

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Joan Armatrading
Thu, March 19, 7:30 PM GMT
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Legends of Irish music The Fureys return to The Queen’s Hall in 2015 with songs their latest album The Times They Are A Changing.

World famous for songs including I Will Love You, Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, From Clare to Here and Leaving Nancy, The Fureys have been global ambassadors of Irish music for 37 years and their audiences have included Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Irish President Mary McAleese and Pope John Paul.

Website www.thefureys.com

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The Fureys
Thu, May 14, 2:30 PM
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Prof Peter Higgs returns to The Queen's Hall in conversation with particle physicist and science writer Prof Frank Close as they explore the idea of bringing science to the masses, and the masses to science. How do the scientists doing great things best communicate their findings to engage and inspire the public? How can the media help make science accessible and what are the challenges of science education in schools?

Prof Higgs will talk about his own experiences of a life in science, the boundaries of understanding and how he sees physics developing in the future.

Website www.sciencefestival.co.uk
Twitter @edscifest

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A lively debate on what we know about the workings of our brains featuring artificial intelligence pioneer Maggie Boden and run by New Scientist.

Website www.sciencefestival.co.uk
Twitter @EdSciFest

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Bach: Matthew Passion

John Butt: director; Nicholas Mulroy: evangelist; Robert Davies: Jesus

Right from its monumental opening chorus, Bach’s Matthew Passion makes its intentions clear. Set for the expansive forces of two orchestras and choruses, it is a truly epic retelling of the Easter story and draws on Bach’s most expressive compositional capabilities. More meditative than the John Passion, the Matthew Passion explores the fullest range of human emotions from the bitterest sorrow and grief, through guilt and shame, in its quest for universal redemption.

Using similar forces to those that Bach would have had at his disposal at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Dunedin Consort have earned an unparalleled reputation in bringing rhetorical power and clarity to this pillar of Western art music. 

Website www.dunedin-consort.org.uk
Twitter @DunedinConsort

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Plus special guests The Young'uns.

Known for their timeless, unsentimental and quietly subversive tales of loss, fear, booze, brawls, abuse and sorrow, siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank are honest storytellers outside of time, forging links between folk worlds old, new and other.

It’s hard to imagine a British folk band with fans like Radiohead, Portishead, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby, but The Unthanks occupy a unique place in music.

Influenced as much by the minimalist eccentricity of Steve Reich, Antony & The Johnsons, Robert Wyatt and Miles Davis, as they are by their native North East England, multi-award winning The Unthanks have established themselves as one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed folk bands.

“Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence” (The Independent)
“once in a blue moon type of every now and again, you hear music that is so complete, so wonderful, unique and yet familiar that it stops you in your tracks. They have that blue moon magic about them, and they have it in spades” (BBC Music)

Website www.the-unthanks.com
Twitter @TheUnthanks

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The First World War 1914-1918

Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet
Elgar: String Quartet in E Minor Op. 83
Bartók: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 17

Website www.edinburghquartet.com
Twitter @EdinQuartet

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Edinburgh Quartet
Wed, March 18, 7:30 PM GMT
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