The Queen's Hall

The Queen's Hall
85–89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
  • Box office 0131 668 2019
  • General enquiries 0131 668 3456
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–5.15pm.
  • Seasonal times Opening hours vary when events are taking place.
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The Queen's Hall

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A former Georgian church (1823), The Queen's Hall is a mid-sized live music venue hosting musicians from across all genres: rock 'n' pop, classical, jazz, blues and folk, as well as comedy and spoken word acts in over 200 events per year. Current home to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, QH hosts the Edinburgh International Festival Morning Recitals throughout August. Standing capacity is 900, with slightly lower numbers for seated gigs, whether this be in rows or at cabaret tables. Fully accessible for wheelchair users – both audience members and performers. Fully licensed bar open for ticket holders serving hot and cold drinks.

Located in Edinburgh’s Southside, a 20 min walk from Waverley Station, 10 mins from the Royal Mile and 5 mins from the University. Served by buses 2, 3, 5, 8, 29, 30, 33, 49.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Events at this venue

There are 49 events at this location

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Agnes Obel

Danish singer/pianist with a classical background.

Wed 1 Apr 2020

£26.40 / 0131 668 2019

Bat For Lashes

Offkilter pop from boho Brighton songwriter Natasha Khan.

Sat 23 Nov

£27.50–£30.25 / 0131 668 2019

The Beatles: Hornsey Road with Mark Lewisohn

Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn presents this illustrated history of one of the most influential rock bands of all time, fifty years after the release of their album Abbey Road.

Wed 27 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 668 2019

Brothers Osborne

American country music duo composed of brothers TJ and John Osborne.

Thu 14 May 2020

£25 / 0131 668 2019

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Two great harpists meet (well, one's a kora, but a kora is a kind of harp) in a Welsh-African fusion.

Wed 10 Jun 2020

£24.20 / 0131 668 2019

The Classic Rock Show

Air guitars at the ready for this incredible musical journey through the best moments in rock featuring music by the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Dire Straits and Meat Loaf.

Wed 12 Feb 2020

£26.50–£36.50 / 0131 668 2019

Counterflows Festive Soiree

For the festive soiree, Counterflows invites some of its close musical family for a night of festive-themed fun, throwing up and revelling in all the joy, beauty, horror and ridiculousness of the holiday season. Usurper will present "The 3 Year Old Hamster", a new piece written especially for this event. Usurper are…

Fri 20 Dec

£10 / 01316682019

  • 19:00 – 23:00

Counterflows: Joe McPhee with DECOY

For over 4 decades Joe McPhee has been pursuing a beauty in his music that balances fierce attack and lyrical poetry. Over time he has absorbed the black-radical avant-garde, a love of Coltrane, Coleman and Ayler, an engagement in deep listening and a never ending openness, making him one of the most vital saxophonists…

Fri 31 Jan 2020

£10 / 01316682019

The Dodge Brothers

The Dodge Brothers are renowned for playing the hell out of classic Americana. Described as “wonderful stuff” by Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris, they play an exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle. Firmly rooted in these traditions they bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and…

Sun 22 Mar 2020

£15 / 01316682019

Drake Music Scotland: Diversions

Diversions is a concert to celebrate Scotland’s creative diversity. Hebrides Ensemble and Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra have come together for a unique collaboration between acoustic and digital musicians. Digital Orchestra is an award-winning ensemble of disabled musicians featuring iPads, laptops and…

Thu 12 Dec

£7–£12 / 01316682019

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Echo & The Bunnymen

Well-preserved Liverpudlian indie rock legends.

Wed 18 Dec

£38.50 / 0131 668 2019

An Evening with the Hairy Bikers

TV food broadcasters the Hairy Bikers (also known as Si King and Dave Myers) talk food, TV and more as they cook live on stage.

Sat 14 Nov 2020

£21.45–£43.45 / 0131 668 2019


Scottish singer-songwriter and occasional actor Fish became widely known in the 1980s as the lead singer and lyricist of the prog rock band Marillion. His solo career has spanned over 30 years.

Sat 28 Mar 2020

£35.75 / 0131 668 2019

Fun Lovin' Crime Writers

Crime writers Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Stuart Nevelle and Luca Veste take time away from their books to murder some good songs.

Sat 18 Apr 2020

£22–£24.50 / 0131 668 2019

Harps of Gold

Forget the Christmas shopping for an hour or two. Relax and enjoy an afternoon of festive music with a 'Host of Heavenly Harps'. Voices to entrance, stories to entertain and carols for all to sing. Na Clàrsairean (The Scottish Harp Orchestra) and friends with musicians from George Watson’s College. Directed by Isobel…

Sun 8 Dec

£12 / 01316682019

  • 14:30 – 16:30

Heidi Talbot presents Kathryn Williams, Boo Hewerdine & Hannah Rarity

Heidi Talbot presents her second concert in the special QH@40 anniversary series. She welcomes artists Kathryn Williams, Boo Hewerdine and Hannah Rarity.

Thu 21 Nov

£17 / 0131 668 2019

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Horse: The Same Sky#30

Horse is bringing the first 30 year anniversary show, The Same Sky, to The Queen’s Hall and will be revisiting and reliving memories from this evocative and formative first Horse album. In March 1989, the first single You Could Be Forgiven was released, it was so different from anything else - thrilling first plays on…

Fri 22 Nov

£20 / 01316682019

Jale Papila, contralto & Franck-Thomas Link, piano

This recital is in celebration of the Andrew Doig Bequest. Andrew was a much-loved and highly influential professor of voice at Edinburgh Napier University for many years. Through his work, Andrew nurtured many fine singers at the start of their careers, and he left a substantial legacy to the University to provide for…

Mon 25 Nov

£5–£10 / 01316682019

John Shuttleworth's Back

John Shuttleworth returns with songs and stories.

Mon 16 Mar 2020

£17.50 / 0131 668 2019

Judy Collins

Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, and boldly vulnerable song writing.

Mon 3 Feb 2020

£27.75 / 0131 668 2019

Judy Collins

Veteran folk pop troubadour who first came to prominence as part of the protest singer boom in the 60s.

Mon 3 Feb 2020

£27.50 / 0131 668 2019

Kevin Bloody Wilson

Australia's cult comedy king performs his too-crude-for-TV songs.

Sat 7 Mar 2020

£29.50 / 0131 668 2019

The King is Back

Elvis tribute from Ben Portsmouth.

Tue 26 Nov

£29–£35.50 / 0131 668 2019

The Legends of American Country Show

Now seen by over 300,000 fans direct from Ireland Europe's No 1 Hot Country TVs award winning Country music show "The Legends of American Country" returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country classics. The 2020 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don William, Patsy…

Sun 5 Apr 2020

£25 / 01316682019

  • 19:30 – 22:30


Legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne return to form with a classic six-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar.

Sat 7 Dec

£27.50 / 0131 668 2019

The Lindisfarne Story

Former Lindisfarne members Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell perform the songs of the folk-rock band, with stories of its history.

Sat 7 Dec

£29.70 / 0131 668 2019

Lost in Music - One Night at the Disco

Get ready to recreate the Magical 70’s and let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco! Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from Artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic. This show boasts a sensational live band, incredibly talented…

Fri 3 Apr 2020

£27 / 01316682019

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Moya Brennan

Folk singer-songwriter known as The First Lady of Celtic Music.

Sat 23 Nov

Cancelled / 0131 668 2019

Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook

One of the masters of Scottish contemporary folk is joined by a selection of special guests for a showcase of modern and traditional Christmas music.

Sat 21 Dec

£22–£27 / 0131 668 2019

  • 20:30 – 23:30

Sun 22 Dec

£22–£27 / 0131 668 2019

  • 20:30 – 23:30

Richard Marx

Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums, owns 26 top 20 singles and 17 top 10s and, as a songwriter, earned a Grammy for song of the year. He's also the writer of fourteen number one songs. As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had plenty of highlights.

Sat 4 Apr 2020

£35.75 / 0131 668 2019

Rob Roy (1922) with live accompaniment by David Allison

This impressive and rarely screened biopic of one of Scotland’s best-known outlaws, stars David Hawthorne in full tartan kilt and tammy and tells the story of the MacGregors in the early 18th century. Shot entirely on location in the Trossachs and nearby Stirling Castle, (the 10th Duke of Argyll also gave permission to…

Fri 14 Feb 2020

£10–£14 / 01316682019

  • 20:00 – 22:30

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Baroque Dances

Maxim Emelyanychev conducts suites by Lully, Rameu, Telemann and Bach.

Thu 16 Jan 2020

£17.50 / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Sundays

Chamber music from SCO Principal Players.

Sun 29 Mar 2020

£6–£16 / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Haydn's Harmony Mass with SCO Chorus

Gregory Batsleer conducts the SCO Chorus and Stephanie Gonley is violin & director in a programme of Stravinsky, Bach (Violin Concerto in A Minor) and Haydn's Harmoniemesse.

Thu 5 Dec

£17.50 / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mozart Piano Concerto No 20

Works by Debussy, Farrenc and Mozart, including the latter's Piano Concerto No 20 with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev at the keyboard.

Thu 30 Apr 2020

£17.50 / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Vivaldi's Gloria

Baroque music conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, including works by Vivaldi, Corelli and Zelenka, and featuring soloists Mhairi Lawson, Anna Dennis and James Hall.

Thu 26 Mar 2020

£17.50 / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Voyage Through America with Pekka Kuusisto

Pekka Kuusisto conducts works with an American theme by Stravinsky, Dessner, Barber and Copland, including the UK premiere of Nico Muhly's Violin Concerto, featuring Kuusisto as soloist.

Thu 23 Apr 2020

£17.50 / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Ensemble: Chamber Notes With Marianne Thorsen

Programme Felix Mendelssohn String Octet in E-flat major George Enescu Octet for Strings in C major Although written for just eight instruments, both of these sophisticated works have the drama, richness and depth of a full-blown symphony. They also make for an excellently contrasting pair. From Mendelssohn’s…

Wed 5 Feb 2020

£0–£16 / 0131 668 2019

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Southside of the Tracks

John McCusker heads this specially selected folk band put together especially for the Queen's Hall's 40th anniversary. Musicans and guests include James Mackintosh, Ian Carr, Ewen Vernal, Michael McGoldrick, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Roddy Woomble (Idlewild), Kathleen MacInnes, Phil Cunningham, Adam Holmes, Daoiri…

Sat 11 Jan 2020

£28 / 0131 668 2019

St Andrew's Fair Saturday: Aidan O'Rourke & Friends

Celebrate St Andrew's Day with this special concert featuring Aidan O'Rourke, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul, The Soundhouse Choir and more guests still to be announced.

Sat 30 Nov

£14 / 0131 668 2019

The Story of Guitar Heroes

Tribute to guitar-playing legends.

Thu 21 May 2020

£26–£28 / 0131 668 2019

The Sweet

The glam rockers behind huge hit 'Blockbuster'.

Sat 14 Dec

£28.60 / 0131 668 2019

Tommy Smith

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist plays a solo gig featuring jazz tunes, Scottish airs and original melodies.

Thu 19 Dec

£17 / 0131 668 2019

With TSYJO All Stars.

Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra

Saxophonist Tommy Smith leads his young protégés through a selection of classic and contemporary big band music.

Thu 19 Dec

£17 / 0131 668 2019

Toyah & Hazel O'Connor - Electric Ladies of the 80s

Two of the 80s recognisable post punk and new wave stars Toyah and Hazel O'Connor are joining forces for this special show. Performing alongside their full live band, each of these legends will play their own sets plus some duets and surprises along the way. This hit-packed retro fest will include such classics as Thunder…

Sat 2 May 2020

£29.16–£31.32 / 0131 668 2019

Ute Lemper: Rendevous with Marlene

Olivier Award-winning Ute Lemper comes to The Queen’s Hall to celebrate the life of Marlene Dietrich. Rendezvous with Marlene is based on a 3-hour phone call between Dietrich and Ute Lemper in 1988. After receiving the French Moliére Award for her performance in Cabaret in Paris, Ute had sent a postcard to Marlene…

Sat 8 Feb 2020

£12–£32 / 01316682019

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Van De Graaf Generator

Van der Graaf Generator 2020 are Peter Hammill (vox, gtr, kbd), Hugh Banton (organ, bass) & Guy Evans (drums, percussion), the three surviving members of the original group formed in 1968.

Sun 3 May 2020

£33–£38.50 / 0131 668 2019

Vesselin Stanev

Robert Schumann: Etudes Symphoniques, Op 13 with 5 variations Johannes Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3 in F minor, Op.5 Born in Varna, Bulgaria, Vesselin studied at the Academy of Music in Sofia; with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow; and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

Thu 4 Jun 2020

£9–£32.50 / 01316682019

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Ward Thomas

Country pop from Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzy.

Sun 26 Apr 2020

£24.75–£26.40 / 0131 668 2019

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8 May 2018

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15 Sep 2008

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