- Telephone 0131 228 1155
- Website www.usherhall.co.uk
A landmark in the heart of Scotland's capital, the Usher Hall is one of the most outstanding concert halls in the world, well-loved by performers for its fantastic acoustics and boasting a grand organ still used for special recitals, as well as three Steinway grand pianos. The 2200-capacity venue officially re-opened in 2010 after an extensive refurbishment, with a new box office, café/bar and function spaces overlooking existing Edwardian architecture. The hall embraces a wide range of music and events, including rock, pop, jazz, world, blues, comedy, talks, school concerts, conferences, sponsorship events, ceremonies, lectures and recording sessions. Not least as one of the major venues in the Edinburgh International Festival, it has staged concerts with some of the biggest names in 20th Century music, from Ella Fitzgerald to Oscar Peterson, Gustav Holst to Kiri te Kanawa, The Rolling Stones to Beck. Despite this history of quality on a global scale, the hall remains loyal to the local community, showcasing young unsigned acts and family events throughout the year. The venue celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.
The Usher Hall is approximately 15 minutes walk from either Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket stations; while buses 1, 10, 11, 15, 16, 24, 34 and 47 all stop outside the venue. There is an NCP carpark located nearby on Castle Terrace plus disabled parking available on Grindlay Street and Cambridge Street.
The Usher Hall is one of the most outstanding concert halls in the world. It is Edinburgh’s key venue for visiting national and international orchestras and has been the main venue for the Edinburgh International Festival since 1947. The beautiful Beaux Arts building was completed in 1914 and remains one of Edinburgh 's architectural gems. The much praised acoustics make it one of the best concert halls in Europe with many of the world's finest musicians performing here. Today the Usher Hall is a centre of excellence embracing the widest range of music and events, including rock, pop, jazz, world, blues, comedy, talks, school concerts, conferences, sponsorship events, ceremonies, lectures and recording sessions
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Down-to-earth young singer-songwriter from Glasgow performs MOR material from her third album Life in a Beautiful Light.
The big-voiced, chart-topping American singer performs her pop, R&B and soul hits after her sting on Strictly Come Dancing.
Anton and Erin: Swing Time
Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag hit the road with their newest show.
ARW: Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman
Former YES members Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman team up to perform prog rock material.
BBC SSO: Mahler Symphony No 7
If anyone could stay cheerful after composing more than 80 symphonies it was Joseph Haydn, whose Symphony No 88 is one of his most light-hearted (and he'd go on to write another 16 or so.) Mahler's Symphony No 7 is an epic journey through the Alps; yes, Mahler has a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. Thomas…
BBC SSO: Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2
Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 has remained enduringly popular since its debut performance and here it is again, with Yevgeny Sudbin as soloist. To open, there's the world premiere of a BBC commission by Edmind Finnis, The Air, Turning and to close there's Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
Bianca Del Rio: Not Today Satan!
Flamboyant humour from the American actor, stand-up and drag queen.
Pop rock trio, reunited after more than a decade for some UK shows. You'll remember them from their masterpieces 'Year 3000', 'What I Go to School For' and 'Air Hostess'.
Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook
The two members of the band Squeeze perform a selection of songs by the band, plus solo material fro each artist.
Christy Moore with Declan Sinnott
Moore is one of Ireland's leading solo artists, mixing traditional song with contemporary social and political commentary.
The man with a thousand jumpers performs a selection of classic hits from his astonishingly successful easy listening records.
Strangely uplifting indie miserablists from Manchester.
The chart-topping Aberdonian soul singer, who nabbed a well-deserved Brits Critics Choice Award.
An Evening with David Sedaris
Writer, humorist and wit, brimming with sardonic social observations.
Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica
Violinist Gidon Kremer joins the young musicians of the Kremerata Baltica in performance.
Sun 26 Mar
£12–£32 / 0131 228 1155
Glass, Violin Concerto No 2 (with visuals); Raskatov, Excerpts from Season’s Digest for violin, percussion and orchestra; Piazzolla, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arr. Leonid Desyatnikov). Gidon Kremer (violin) conducts.
Commercial rockabilly songstress from Dublin.
Scruffy, half-English, half-Italian, London-based singer-songwriter with an indie folk style.
Virtuoso of blues rock guitar, discovered by BB King when he was 12 and much loved by readers of guitar magazines.
Legendary German electronic group who pioneered the genre back in the 70s, are notoriously elusive, and who are renowned as the godfathers of electronic music.
Led Zeppelin Masters
Powerhouse vocalist Vince Contarino and the 35-piece The Black Dog Orchestra pay tribute to the musical legacy of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones by performing 18 Led Zeppelin classics including Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.
The Musical Box
A reproduction of classic Genesis concerts featuring all the hits alongside replica props and visuals.
RSNO: Amadeus Live
Milos Forman's Amadeus – as a movie it's great, as a musical experience it's sublime, as a true story it's a non-starter, but never mind. Ludwig Wicki conducts the RSNO and RSNO Chorus in a live-score screening of this classic starring Tom Hulce, F Murray Abraham and Elizabeth Berridge.
RSNO: Beethoven One
Thomas Søndergård conducts Sibelius's Finlandia, Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with guest soloist Roderick Williams, Sibelius's The Oceanides and Beethoven's Symphony No 1.
RSNO: Beethoven’s Eroica
Lahav Shani conducts Beethoven's mighty Symphony No 3, plus Dvořák's Carnival Overture and Vaughan Williams's Concerto for Oboe Strings featuring the RSNO's own Adrian Wilson.
RSNO: Benedetti Plays Bruch
In advance of the RSNO's US tour, here's some of the programme. Glasgow gets Brahms, Borodin and Tchaikovsky: Edinburgh gets Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 and Beethoven's rip-roaring Symphony No 5. Peter Oundjian conducts.
RSNO: Brahms Four
Peter Oundjian conducts Sally Beamish's Piano Concerto No 3, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1 with Jonathan Bliss, and Brahms's tragic Symphony No 4.
RSNO: Brahms Third
Brahms, Nänie; Beethoven, Piano Concerto No 3 with guest soloist Alice Sara Ott; Gerald Barry's Humiliated and Insulted and Brahms's relatively light-hearted (for him) Symphony No 3.
RSNO: Järvi's 80th Birthday
RSNO Conductor Laureate Neeme Järvi celebrates his 80th birthday (Palju õnne sünnipäevaks, maestro) with Tchaikovsky's Hamlet Fantasy-Overture, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2 and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony.
RSNO: John Williams and Friends
Richard Kaufman conducts the music of John Williams, as heard in the films of Steven Spielberg.
RSNO: Mahler Three
Peter Oundjian conducts the RSNO's Season 2016-17 finale, Mahler's longest symphony, Symphony No 3, with guest mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, the Ladies of the RSNO Chorus and the RSNO Junior Chorus.
RSNO: Sibelius Five
Sibelius, Canzonetta, Kuolema: Kurkikohtaus (Scene with Cranes) and Valse triste; Mahler, Rückert-Lieder with Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano); Beethoven, Leonore Overture No 3 and Sibelius again with the transcendental Symphony No 5. Thomas Søndergård conducts.
RSNO: Tchaikovsky Four
Cornelius Meister conducts Smetana's' Overture' to The Bartered Bride; Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini features soloist Simon Trpceski, and then there's Tchaikovsky moody Symphony No 4.
RSNO: Tchaikovsky's Pathétique
Nikolaj Znaider conducts Scriabin's Rêverie, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2 with Sergei Krylovn and Tchaikovsky's characteristically tempestuous Symphony No 6 'Pathétique'. Concert supported by the Dunard Fund.
RSNO: The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, Suckling's Flute Concerto and Ravel's 'Suites 1 and 2' from Daphnis et Chloé. Peter Oundjian conducts, with Principal Flute Katherine Bryan as soloist.
Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox
Scott Bradlee, and ad hoc group Postmodern Jukebox, reworks 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Beethoven's great mass is conducted by John Storgårds and features Neal Davies (bass-baritone), Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano), Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor) and the SCO Chorus under the direction of Gregory Batsleer.
Thu 27 Apr
£11–£32.50 / 0131 228 1155
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony No 7
Robin Ticciati conducts the Scottish premiere of Widmann's Con Brio (2013 version); Brahms's Double Concerto, with Christian Tetzlaff (violin) and Tania Tetzlaff (cello); and Beethoven's ever-popular Symphony No 7.
Thu 11 May
£6–£32.50 / 0131 228 1155
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Maria João Pires plays Mozart Piano Concertos
The great Maria João Pires knows her Mozart so well that when in a 1999 concert she realised, after the performance was already under way, that she'd learned the wrong concerto, she played the correct one anyway, entirely from memory. (Hardcore, maestro. Hardcore.) Here she tackles Piano Concerto No 21 and Piano Concerto…
Thu 26 Jan
£11–£32.50 (under 26s £6) / 0131 228 1155
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Nicola Benedetti plays Beethoven Violin Concerto
The very wonderful Nicola Benedetti is the star of Beethoven's Violin Concerto, plus there's the 'Leonore' Overture and Symphony No 4, all conducted by Joseph Swensen.
Thu 19 Jan
£11–£32.50 / 0131 228 1155
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Symphony No 3 'Rhenish'
Emmanuel Krivine conducts Schubert's Symphony No 5; Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1 with guest soloist Bertrand Chamayou, and Schumann's Symphony No 3 ‘Rhenish’.
Thu 6 Apr
£6–£32.50 / 0131 228 1155
Vagrant American bluesman accompanying himself on a two-stringed guitar, wooden box and other handmade instruments.
New country duo comprising of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes.
Sunday Classics: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Simonov conducts Shostakovich's Festival Overture, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3 with soloist Freddy Kempf and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet.
Sunday Classics: St Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov conducts the orchestra in excerpts from Khachaturian's Spartacus; Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3 featuring John Lill, and Shostakovich's Symphony No 5.
Sun 22 Jan
£12–£32 / 0131 228 1155
Sunday Classics: SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart
The SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart plays Beethoven's Symphony No 8 and Mahler's Symphony No 1, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.
The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra
- Directed by: Andres Orozco Estrada (cond)
- Written by: Beethoven
The Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra was established in 1907 and has a distinguished history; it gave the premiere performance of Arnold Schoenberg's mighty Gurrelieder. Since 2015 it's been under the musical direction of Japanese maestro Yutaka Sado.
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