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

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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: Back To The Bedsit Tour 2017

The veteran Glasgow-born folk rock singer-songwriter celebrates 50 years in the music business by performing acoustic versions of his back catalogue including Bedsitter Images. He is accompanied by long-time collaborator Dave Nachmanoff and guitarist Tim Renwick.

Andreas Haefliger

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.

Tue 15 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Ani DiFranco

Indulgently quirky American singer/songwriter.

Thu 29 Jun

£24.50 / 0131 668 2019

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…

Tue 8 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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…

Thu 17 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Cara Dillon

Folk singer-songwriter from County Derry.

Fri 12 May

£20 / 0131 668 2019

Chiaroscuro Quartet

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…

Fri 18 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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…

Mon 7 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Colin Hay

Solo show from Aussie / Scottish singer-songwriter Colin Hay of Men at Work fame.

Fri 7 Apr

£20 / 0131 668 2019

Dunedin Consort

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…

Sat 5 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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

£12–£25 (£10–£22) / 0131 668 2019

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

£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

£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.


Britrock which is as comfortable and safe as a pair of old slippers.

Sat 25 Mar

£22.50 / 0131 668 2019

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…

Wed 16 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Gringolts Quartet

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…

Sat 12 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

I Fagiolini

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…

Sat 19 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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…

Tue 22 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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…

Thu 24 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Joan Osborne

Award-winning folk sounds from Joan Osborne.

Sun 23 Apr

£25 / 0131 668 2019

Singing the songs of Bob Dylan.

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…

Mon 21 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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…

Sat 26 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Julie Fowlis

Award-winning Gaelic singer/multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis presents a solo set.

Sat 26 Aug

£21 / 0131 668 2019

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…

Thu 10 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Kevin Bloody Wilson

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

Tue 28 Mar

£32.45 / 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

£17.50–£35 / 0131 668 2019

Lorna Reid Quintet

Jazz standards and originals from the singer-songwriter.

Thu 27 Apr

Meadows Chamber Orchestra

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

Sat 3 Jun

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.

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells 'For Two'

  • 4 stars

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.

Mikhail Pletnev

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…

Wed 9 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Procol Harum

The legendary rock veterans of Whiter Shade Of Pale fame perform classic songs from their extensive back catalogue.

Sat 6 May

£43.45 / 0131 668 2019

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…

Mon 14 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Rhiannon Giddens

The singer and banjo-player from Greensboro, North Carolina, known as a vocalist for Grammy Award-winning collective Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Sun 2 Apr

£20.35 / 0131 668 2019

Robert Cray Band

The award-winning US blues guitar maestro returns.

Mon 1 May

£34.25 / 0131 668 2019

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.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Sundays

Chamber music from SCO Principal Players.

Sun 26 Mar

£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: 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’.

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.

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.

Seong-Jin Cho

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…

Fri 11 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.


Youthful zesty West Highland dance music from this esteemed band.

Fri 5 May

£15–£17 / 0131 668 2019

Part of TradFest.


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

£24.75 / 0131 668 2019

Tom Chaplin

Lead singer of Keane off out in solo guise.

Mon 15 May

£27.50–£38.50 / 0131 668 2019

Trio Zimmermann

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…

Wed 23 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Unthanks

Eccentric Geordie folk sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank.

Sat 22 Apr

£22 / 0131 668 2019

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…

Fri 25 Aug

£9 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Ward Thomas

Country pop from Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzy.

Sun 30 Apr

£17 / 0131 668 2019

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