The Queen's Hall
A former chapel dating from 1823, the Queen’s Hall is a mid-scale venue that adapts well to a range of musical styles, including rock, pop, classical, jazz, blues, world and folk, as well as the occasional comedy gig. Home to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, it is a key venue for the Edinburgh International Festival (the daytime concert series being a particularly civilised way to start the festival day) as well as the Fringe and the Jazz and Blues Festival. Through the year there are around 200 concerts, ranging from ceilidh nights to big name acts. The distinctive horse-shoe shaped balcony has a capacity of 280. Total capacity reaches 900 for a standing gig – which is usually the case for pop and rock concerts – but it also caters for smaller numbers when the audience is seated in rows or around cabaret-style tables. As well as a sizeable bar, there are two function rooms.
Access is available via Lothian Bus services 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47 and 49 or a brisk 20 minute walk away from Edinburgh's Waverley Station.
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The Glasgow-born singer-songwriter performs acoustic versions of his back catalogue.
Vivid musical picture-painting lies at the heart of this typically wide-ranging recital from Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger, famed worldwide for his searching insights and his pianistic power – and following his memorable performance of Beethoven’s mighty ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata at the 2013 International Festival.
Indulgently quirky American singer/songwriter.
Apollon Musagète Quartet
Polish foursome the Apollon Musagète Quartet have been hailed as one of the most exciting young quartets on the planet – winners of numerous international awards; BBC New Generation Artists from 2012 to 2014; and with performances from Paris to Vienna, Beijing to Vancouver conveying their lively, fresh, energetic…
Benjamin Appl & Pavel Kolesnikov
Charismatic, perceptive, and performing with a striking identification with his songs, young German baritone Benjamin Appl has been hailed as one of the finest of his generation of Lieder singers – for his seductive expressiveness, his honeyed voice and his astonishing balance of power and sensitivity. He is joined by…
Self-styled 'progressive patriot' and veteran political activist who is still one of the UK's finest writers of love songs.
Folk singer-songwriter from County Derry.
Headed by acclaimed international soloist Alina Ibragimova, the Chiaroscuro Quartet is one of today’s most respected period-instrument chamber groups, famed for its fiery, unforgettable performances of galvanising energy. The four players contrast the drama and focus of Haydn’s unpredictable E flat Quartet Op 76 No 6…
Christian Tetzlaff & Leif Ove Andsnes
Two of today’s most accomplished soloists with a typically wide-ranging, distinctively individual recital. After more than two decades performing together, German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes – both widely admired for their immaculate, intensely communicative playing – have a…
Edinburgh’s own Dunedin Consort, under scholar and charismatic director John Butt, is fast becoming one of the UK’s most respected early music groups, renowned for its vivid, passionate performances that crackle with energy. They bring a sense of enormous excitement to the launch of the 2017 Queen’s Hall concerts…
Scotland's premier string quartet was founded in 1960 and maintains close relationships with composers all over the UK, as well as playing dozens of concerts a year in venues all over the world.
The first lady of the British musical sings songs from the nation's favourite musicals and a smattering of hit pop songs including 'Memory', 'Closest Thing to Crazy', 'Cry Me A River' and 'Je Ne Regrette Rien'.
François Leleux & Eric Le Sage
François Leleux is a remarkable musician, undeniably the finest oboist of his generation, and an astonishingly expressive, charismatic player. He combines a distinctively dramatic sound with a sparkling, sly wit. He is joined by compatriot Eric Le Sage, a regular musical collaborator famed for the spontaneity and…
Led by international violin soloist Ilya Gringolts, the Gringolts Quartet has dazzled audiences from Salzburg to London’s Wigmore Hall with its remarkable technical prowess and its raw, radiant, revealing accounts of music old and new. Brahms’s bright, sunny and exquisitely crafted Third Quartet closes their rich…
Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option
Henning Wehn The German Comedy Ambassador is back at The Queen's Hall with the two-hour version of last year's hit show. The world may be much changed but Westphalia is still not an option. Recent TV and radio appearances include Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You (BBC One), Live at the Apollo, Bake Off – An…
Thu 3 Aug
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Sat 5 Aug
Music from Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spiritual (1640), including music by Monteverdi, Palestrina, Frescobaldi, Giovanni Gabrieli, Viadana, Donati and Castello One of Britain’s true choral treasures, chamber vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, under dynamic director Robert Hollingworth are as famed for the vibrant…
Iestyn Davies sings Bach 1
With his vocal finesse, his flawless tone and the disarming directness of his performances, English countertenor Iestyn Davies is one of today’s true vocal stars, both on the opera stage and in the concert hall. The Academy of Ancient Music is one of the world’s most exceptional period-performance ensembles, and under…
Iestyn Davies sings Bach 2
Iestyn Davies joins legendary British period-performance ensemble the Academy of Ancient Music for the second of two International Festival concerts celebrating the solo countertenor cantatas by Bach. Almost miniature sacred dramas, Bach’s absorbing cantatas are both deeply spiritual and full of drama and sparkling…
Joshua Bell & Dénes Várjon
Joshua Bell is quite simply a musical phenomenon – not only one of the world’s great violin soloists, but also a respected chamber musician and an accomplished orchestra director. For the first recital in his three-concert residency at International Festival 2017, the celebrated US violinist joins exceptional Hungarian…
Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis & Dénes Várjon
Three of today’s most admired musicians – each an international soloist in his own right, and with a long history of accomplished chamber performances together – bring the 2017 Queen’s Hall concerts to a touchingly Romantic close. US violinist Joshua Bell makes the third of his three International Festival appearances…
Award-winning Gaelic singer/multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis presents a solo set.
Karen Cargill & Simon Lepper
Much-loved Scottish mezzo soprano Karen Cargill is a powerful Wagnerian with a voice that can fill the Met or Covent Garden. Equally she brings tenderness and poetry to her captivating concert recitals. She is joined by regular recital partner, pianist Simon Lepper, for an intimate exploration of sophisticated French…
Lo-fi singer-songwriter who has charmed the masses with her kitchen sink observations.
The feisty Scottish singer-songwriter with a Brit, Ivor Novello and Scottish Style Award under her musical belt returns with new material. Tunstall released her fifth studio album, KIN, in September 2016, after a break from the bright lights of performing. Singles from the album include 'Evil Eye' and 'Hard Girls'.
Original songs in Gaelic and English with a driving backbeat from Mànran.
Meadows Chamber Orchestra
For 40 years, the Meadows Chamber Orchestra has been one of the leading amateur orchestras in Scotland.
Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells 'For Two'
Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts attempt to recreate one of the most influential albums of the 20th century, live on stage, with just four hands and four feet. Those crazy cats.
Compelling conductor, virtuoso pianist and respected musical thinker, Mikhail Pletnev is an extraordinary all-round musician – and celebrated for his many exceptional past performances at the International Festival. Pletnev’s recent Edinburgh visits have often been as conductor with his own Russian National Orchestra…
Defying the odds and still performing after 50 years together, Gary Brooker, Geoff Whitehorn and co continue touring with their ever-popular hit single A Whiter Shade Of Pale and other progressive rock originals. Known for their baroque style, the soulful band will also present new works from their 12th studio album…
Folk singer-songwriter, famed for the Ivor Novello Award winning song 'The Streets of London'.
René Pape & Camillo Radicke
With an astonishingly rich, powerful voice, German singer René Pape is one of the world’s leading basses, as subtly nuanced in his singing as he is commanding in his vocal energy. He is just as at home singing Wagner on some of the world’s great opera stages as he is in intimate concert recitals, with penetrating insights…
Robert Cray Band
The award-winning US blues guitar maestro returns.
The Saint Etienne
Twenty five years after Saint Etienne released the album Foxbase Alpha and made their tentative first live performance at Heaven in Villiers Arches, the alt dance-pop trio fronted by Sarah Cracknell return to the iconic venue to play the classic album in its entirety plus some choice bonus beats. Support comes from…
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Bach Christmas Oratorio with the SCO Chorus
The SCO and the SCO Chorus present Bach's lavish Christmas Oratorio.
Thu 30 Nov
£0–£34 / 0131 668 2019
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Sundays
Chamber music from SCO Principal Players.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Copland Appalachian Spring
A celebration of birdsong from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Thu 2 Nov
£0–£34 / 0131 668 2019
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Immortal Beethoven – The Early Symphonies
Swensen conducts two of Beethoven's symphonies.
Thu 23 Nov
£0–£34 / 0131 668 2019
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schubert Symphony No 4
Clemens Schuldt conducts Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, the world premiere of Lyell Cresswell's Clarinet Concerto ‘Llanto’ with soloist Maximiliano Martin, and Schubert's Symphony No 4 in C minor ‘Tragic’.
Thu 4 May
£6–£32.50 / 0131 668 2019
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Piano Concerto
Robin Ticciati conducts Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 1, Schumann's Piano Concerto with guest soloist Igor Levit, and Haydn's Symphony No 101 ‘The Clock’.
Thu 19 Oct
£17–£34 (under 26s, students and unemployed £6; under 18s free) / 0131 668 2019
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Requiem with the SCO Chorus
Richard Egarr conducts Brahms’ Serenade No 2 and Schumann’s Requiem In D-Flat, Op 148, with guest soloists Ashley Riches (bass baritone), Daniela Lehner (mezzo soprano), Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Thomas Hobbs (tenor). Gregory Batsleer directs the SCO Chorus.
Thu 26 Oct
£17–£34 (under 26s, students and unemployed £6; under 18s free) / 0131 668 2019
Aged just 23, South Korean Seong-Jin Cho has already been hailed as one of pianism’s true greats, following his victory at the 2015 International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition – whose illustrious previous winners include Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Yundi Li. In demand throughout the world, and praised for…
Youthful zesty West Highland dance music from this esteemed band.
The genre defying groundbreakers take their theatrical alt.rock sound on tour in a stripped down duo format.
Mainstream jazz and Latin by the American singer-songwriter with her accompanying band.
Lead singer of Keane off out in solo guise.
Trio Zimmermann is a remarkable chamber group: three performers – violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra – who are revered international soloists in their own right, and who together have reinvigorated the string trio as a musical form. Following inspirational…
Venera Gimadieva & Pavel Nebolsin
Songs and piano music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glière, Vlasov and Vasilenko. One of the most exciting new voices in Russia, young lyric soprano Venera Gimadieva has bewitched audiences at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, London’s Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and throughout the world with her compelling…
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