The Queen's Hall

The Queen's Hall
87–89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
  • Box office 0131 668 2019
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10:00–17:30
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The Queen's Hall

Photo: Alastair Wright

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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Al Stewart

Folk-rock by the well-established Glasgow-born singer-songwriter, famous for 'Year Of The Cat'.

Sat 29 Apr 2017

£23.50 / 0131 668 2019


Classical – as opposed to classic – rock. Hope it's overwrought.

Tue 28 Feb 2017

£22–£25 / 0131 668 2019

Cara Dillon

Folk singer-songwriter from County Derry.

Fri 12 May 2017

£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.

Fri 10 Feb 2017

£23.50–£33.50 / 0131 668 2019

Conor Oberst

The American singer-songwriter, lead singer of Bright Eyes and member of Monsters of Folk turned solo artist brings his unique blend of angst-folk to the UK.

Fri 3 Feb 2017

£27.50 / 0131 668 2019

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Dunedin Consort: Handel's Messiah

The Dunedin Consort's rendering of Handel's landmark oratorio has received rave reviews over the years, and the consort's 2006 recording of it won a Gramophone award. Here the ensemble gives its annual performance of the work, led by director John Butt.

Mon 19 Dec

Dunedin Consort: St Matthew Passion

Bach's magnificent sacred drama is a pillar of the baroque repertoire, and one of the most gripping and moving works ever written. Here it's performed by the lean and hungry Consort under guest director Kristian Bezuidenhout, in the stripped-down version that they've made famous. Instead of a group of soloists and a large…

Fri 14 Apr 2017

£12–£25 (£10–£22) / 0131 668 2019

Dunedin Consort: Suites and Cantatas by JS Bach

John Butt directs works by JS Bach: Orchestral Suites BWV 1066 & 1067; Cantata 111 Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh allzeit ('Whatever my God wills, may that always happen')* and the harrowing Cantata 81 Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen ('Jesus sleeps, what hope have I?').

Edinburgh Quartet

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.

Mon 27 Mar 2017

£15 (£12; Students £5; Children free) / 0131 668 2019

Mozart, String Quartet No 21 in D Major K575; Shostakovich, (String Quartet No 1 in C Major Op 49, Beethoven, *String Quartet Op 59 No 3 'Rasumovsky'.

Wed 14 Jun 2017

£15 (£12; Students £5; Children free) / 0131 668 2019

Haydn, String Quartet Op 77 No 2, Tippett, String Quartet No 2, Beethoven, Quartet Op 59 No 1.


Indie rock five-piece from Brighouse, fronted by Danny McNamara.

Sun 18 Dec

£21 / 0131 668 2019

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Emily Smith

The top folk singer and a former winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award performs live.

Fri 9 Dec

£10–£16 / 0131 668 2019

Plus 'special mystery guest'.

Fun Lovin' Criminals

Fun Lovin' Criminals may be past their creative peak but always find an eager crowd, keen to bellow along to the hits.

Sat 4 Feb 2017

£28.50 / 0131 668 2019

KT Tunstall

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'.

Fri 19 May 2017

£17.50–£35 / 0131 668 2019

Lucy Spraggan

X Factor singer-songwriter with a light, observational style.

Mon 6 Mar 2017

£14.50 / 0131 668 2019

Madeleine Peyroux

Crossover jazz vocalist with a cool swinging take on tracks by Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Sat 11 Feb 2017

£23.50–£35 / 0131 668 2019

Sun 12 Feb 2017

£23.50–£35 / 0131 668 2019

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Malcolm Martineau

Special concert from pianist Malcolm Martineau, and a host of special guests, to celebrate the life of his mother Hester Dickson Martineau.

Sat 10 Dec

£11–£32.50 / 0131 668 2019

Meadows Chamber Orchestra

For 40 years, the Meadows Chamber Orchestra has been one of the leading amateur orchestras in Scotland.

Sat 3 Jun 2017

0131 668 2019

Lyell Cresswell, The Rev. Norman McLeod's Dance; Mozart, Piano Concerto No 23 in A K488; Poulenc, Piano Concerto and Ravel, Suite: Ma mère l'Oye. Conductor/Piano: Peter Evans, with guest soloist Jack Westwell.

Omid Djalili

The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.

Sat 18 Feb 2017

£23 / 0131 668 2019

Pavel Haas Quartet

The Prague-based quartet has played in some of the world's most prestigious venues and been garlanded with awards since its foundation in 2002.

Mon 16 Jan 2017

£12–£22 (under 26s free) / 0131 668 2019

Procol Harum

The legendary British rock group is joined by a full orchestra and choir in this special concert. Procol Harum are one of the 20th century's most illustrious British rock groups, their music having transcended generations. In this concert they perform a selection from their best known repertoire, along with some new…

Sat 6 May 2017

£39.50 / 0131 668 2019

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Robert Cray Band

The award-winning US blues guitar maestro returns.

Mon 1 May 2017

£29.50–£39.50 / 0131 668 2019

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

The Mick Fleetwood-approved tribute act who cover the gamut of Mac material from the Peter Green era to the Buckingham/Nicks days.

Fri 3 Mar 2017

£23.50–£33.50 / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony No 2

Andrew Manze conducts Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; MacMillan's Concertino for Horn and Strings (SCO Commission: World Premiere) featuring Alec Frank-Gemmill, and Beethoven's Symphony No 2.

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Times to be confirmed / £11–£32.50 (under 26s £6) / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven - The ‘Emperor’

Llŷr Williams is the soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5, and there's Mozart's Clemenza di Tito overture and also Violin Concerto (featuring orchestra director Alexander Janiczek) and Berg's Lyric Suite.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven The 'Eroica'

Escaich's Baroque Song, Haydn's Cello Concerto in D featuring Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Beethoven's epic Symphony No 3 'Eroica'. Alexandre Bloch conducts.

Thu 20 Apr 2017

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Sundays

Chamber music from SCO Principal Players.

Sun 26 Mar 2017

£6–£14 / 0131 668 2019

Beethoven, Serenade in D major, Op 25; Reger, Serenade in G major, Op 141a and Mozart, Flute Quartet No 1 in D major with Stephanie Gonley (violin); Jane Atkins (viola) and Alison Mitchell (flute).

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mozart Coronation Mass

Richard Egarr conducts Beethoven's 'Coriolan' Overture and Mozart's Symphony No 36 in C ‘Linz’, K425; Overture, The Magic Flute and Mass in C ‘Coronation’, K317 with Andrew Foster-Williams (bass baritone), Daniela Lehner (mezzo soprano), Elizabeth Watts (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) and the SCO Chorus.

Thu 23 Feb 2017

£11–£32.50 (under 26s £6) / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 22

Mozart's piano concertos are among his greatest achievements, and here Kristian Bezuidenhout plays two of them on the fortepiano. Also on the bill are Thomas Adés's Chamber Symphony and Helen Grime's A Cold Spring. Robin Ticciati conducts.

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 2017

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Symphony No 2

The great Philippe Herreweghe conducts Bach's The Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus I & IV; Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor with guest soloist Martin Helmchen, and Schumann's Symphony No 2.

Sat 1 Apr 2017

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra: SCO and The Sixteen Perform MacMillan's Stabat Mater

The SCO and The Sixteen present James MacMillan's Tryst, conducted by the composer, and Stabat Mater, specially composed for the choir and conducted by Harry Christophers.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Strauss Wind Concertos

Robin Ticciati conducts Strauss's Duet Concertino, and Horn Concerto No 2, Anna Meredith's Fringeflower and Schubert's Symphony No 1, with soloists Alec Frank-Gemmill, Maximiliano Martin and Peter Whelan.

Sat 17 Dec

£11–£32.50 (under 26s £6) / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: The Paris Concert

Laurence Cummings conducts music by, inspired by or at least memorably performed in France's capital city. Rameau, Suite from Les Boréades; Mozart's Symphony No 31 in D ‘Paris’; JC Bach's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for flute, two clarinets, two horns and bassoon and Haydn's Symphony No 92 in G ‘Oxford’.

Thu 9 Mar 2017

Times to be confirmed / £11–£32.50 (under 26s £6) / 0131 668 2019

Scottish Ensemble: Music is Power

Music that's intersected with or otherwise addresses power: Mendelssohn was banned by the Nazis for being Jewish, Karl-Amadeus Hartmann was staunchly anti-Nazi, and Arvo Pärt struggled for years against the Soviet regime. Mendelssohn, Sinfonia No 6 in E flat major, MWV N6 Arvo Pärt, Silouan’s Song Hartmann, Concerto…

Thu 16 Feb 2017

£16 (concession/student/unwaged £5; under 16s one free per paying adult, £5 thereafter) / 0131 668 2019

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

The trio of Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Richard Harwood (cello) and Wu Qian (piano) in concert.

Mon 13 Mar 2017

£12–£22 (under 26s free) / 0131 668 2019

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor

The London-based pop singer returns to music after her stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

Mon 20 Feb 2017


Hard rocking blues from a band formed in a refugee camp in Libya in the early 1980s, made up of nomadic Touaregs from the Malian Sahara desert.

Tue 25 Apr 2017

£22.50 / 0131 668 2019

Tom Chaplin

Lead singer of Keane off out in solo guise.

Mon 15 May 2017

£18.50–£35 / 0131 668 2019

Tom Paxton

US singer-songwriter who has been honoured with two Lifetime Achievement Awards – from the North American Folk Music Alliance and the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Fri 27 Jan 2017

£27.50 / 0131 668 2019

Vintage Trouble

Old school dirty rhythm'n'blues fronted by a charismatic soul shouter with the fancy footwork of James Brown down pat.

Fri 30 Dec

£25 / 0131 668 2019

Ward Thomas

Country pop from Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzy.

Sun 30 Apr 2017

£17 / 0131 668 2019

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