Queen's Hall saved from closure
Fresh from its Edinburgh festivals programme, which included the highly successful Three Mo’ Tenors and a number of International Jazz Festival events, the Queen’s Hall has been granted a stay of execution by the city council. It had been feared that senior figures within the council and Scottish Arts Council were planning to axe the popular venue in favour of a new, purpose-built concert hall on the waterfront. This led to concern and bewilderment at the notion that the creation of a new venue should only come about at the expense of an existing one. In October, the Queen’s Hall plays host to the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s first ever autumn series of events, which includes appearances by Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis and Gordon Brown.