St Cecilia's Hall

St Cecilia's Hall
Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG
  • Telephone 0131 650 2600
  • Opening times Tue–Fri 10am–4.30pm; Sat noon–4.30pm; Closed Sun & Mon
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  • Website www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk
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St Cecilia's Hall

St Cecilia's Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland, with a capacity of 200. The main hall boasts a unique oval shape with a small raised stage at one end, constructed at the end of the 17th century. Below the concert hall is the smaller Laigh Room, perfect as a break out space, rehearsal area, or bar. St Cecilia's Hall can be rented for concerts, performances and rehearsals.

The Hall is also home to the University of Edinburgh's Museum of Musical Instruments, which contains a huge range of music-making tools from a 1560 virginal by Lodewyk Theewes to a 1990s Fender Stratocaster guitar.

The Hall has been closed for a major refurbishment since Sep 2014, and opens to the public in May 2017.

Events at this venue

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The Edinburgh Musical Society

Vibrant Scottish early music group Ensemble Marsyas under dynamic director Peter Whelan has fast made its name with thrilling, captivating music making since its founding in 2011. The Ensemble recreates an Edinburgh concert from the late 18th century to launch the International Festival’s special St Cecilia’s Hall…

Tue 8 Aug

£25 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Edinburgh Renaissance Band: Passion and Manners – 16th Century Dance workshop

Edinburgh Renaissance Band This workshop is suitable for anyone looking for a fun afternoon of unfamiliar dances, while still providing challenges for experienced dancers. Led by early dance specialist Robin Benie (Regency Waltz, BBC4 with Lucy Worsley) and joined by Edinburgh Renaissance Band plus Polyhymnia in…

Sun 20 Aug

£25 (£20) / 0131 650 2600

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fortepiano Trios

One of today’s most exciting and inspirational fortepianists, Kristian Bezuidenhout is celebrated for the crisp precision and eager energy of his performances. He is joined by two exceptional soloists – Japanese-born violinist Shunske Sato and eminent British cellist and conductor Jonathan Cohen – for music by three…

Tue 22 Aug

£25 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Guitars at St Cecilia's: One

Gordon Ferries, with special guest Petrea Cooney (soprano) Scottish early guitar/lute specialist and composer Gordon Ferries plays solos by the great 19th-century guitarist/composer Mauro Giuliani including Le Bouquet Emblematique (where each beautiful piece represents a different flower); popular Handel arrangements…

Sat 12 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Guitars at St Cecilia's: Two

Stephen Morrison and Jenny Nex Nature, love and life: a programme of 19th-century art song devised by Stephen Morrison (guitar) and Jenny Nex (soprano) who bring an impassioned immediacy to performance of works by Schubert, Beethoven and Keller, and Italian contemporaries Ferrari and Giuliani. The recital will feature…

Wed 23 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Keyboards At St Cecilia's: One

John Kitchen and David Gerrard (Harpsichords) Inaugurating the Friends of St Cecilia's 2017 Fringe season in the stunningly refurbished concert hall on Niddry Street, John Kitchen and David Gerrard will demonstrate the flamboyant richness of German and French repertoire for harpsichord duo. The complementary sonorities…

Wed 9 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Keyboards at St Cecilia's: Three

Arborea Musica: John Kitchen, Gerry McDonald and Sally Carr For His Lordship's entertainment: In August 1717, Handel joined Lord Carnarvon's household as what we would now call composer in residence at Cannons where Johann Christoph Pepusch (b. 1667) was musical director. Little is known of relations between the two…

Sat 19 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Keyboards at St Cecilia's: Two

Martyna Kazmierczak Passionate international artist Martyna Kazmierczak has swiftly earned a specialist reputation for historical keyboard performance, mastering instruments from the 16th century through the Viennese klavier to late romantic grand pianos. She has particular affinity with early Viennese action pianos…

Wed 16 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mahan Esfahani

One of early music’s starriest names, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani is also one of its most compelling musicians. He has charmed and captivated audiences worldwide with his bristling musical intellect, as well as the astonishing technical brilliance of his playing. He brings often provocatively fresh…

Tue 15 Aug

£25 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mozart Arranged

As inspirational as she is insightful, British violinist Rachel Podger is famed for both the power and poetry of her period performances, and has led many of the world’s finest early music groups. She brought together some of the country’s most respected period performers in 2007 to found her own ensemble Brecon Baroque…

Thu 24 Aug

£25 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Richard Egarr

Renowned keyboard player and conductor Richard Egarr is one of the UK’s most compelling musicians – and, as music director of the Academy of Ancient Music, also one of the country’s most piercing intellects on historical performance. He performs a personal selection of early English keyboard music, on harpsichords from…

Thu 17 Aug

£25 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Schubertiade

The touching, effortlessly melodious music of Franz Schubert first gained fame at informal gatherings in 19th-century Vienna – evenings of song, instrumental music, even poetry and dance: the Schubertiade. Joined by an unusual instrumental trio from the time, acclaimed German tenor Julian Prégardien recreates the…

Thu 10 Aug

£25 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

St Cecilia's Hall and Museum of Music

University of Edinburgh Originally opened in 1763, St Cecilia’s Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland. It is the only place in the world where it's possible to hear 18th-century music in an 18th-century concert hall played on 18th-century instruments. Owned by The University of Edinburgh, it…

Tue 1 Aug

Free / 0131 650 2600

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 2 Aug

Free / 0131 650 2600

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 3 Aug

Free / 0131 650 2600

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 31 Aug

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