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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  • Website www.thequeenshall.net

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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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There are 37 events at this location

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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

£23.50 / 0131 668 2019

Apocalyptica

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

Tue 28 Feb

£22–£25 / 0131 668 2019

Cara Dillon

Folk singer-songwriter from County Derry.

Fri 12 May

£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

£23.50–£33.50 / 0131 668 2019

Colin Hay

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

Fri 7 Apr

£20 / 0131 668 2019

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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

£27.50 / 0131 668 2019

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.

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

£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

£17.50–£35 / 0131 668 2019

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Lucy Spraggan

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

Mon 6 Mar

£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

£23.50–£35 / 0131 668 2019

Sun 12 Feb

£23.50–£35 / 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

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

£23 / 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

£39.50 / 0131 668 2019

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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

£18.50 / 0131 668 2019

Robert Cray Band

The award-winning US blues guitar maestro returns.

Mon 1 May

£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

£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

Times to be confirmed / £11–£32.50 (under 26s £6) / 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.

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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: 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

£11–£32.50 (under 26s £6) / 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’.

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.

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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

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

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

The musicians of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra present a programme of jazz.

Sat 25 Feb

£21.50–£23; £20–£21.50 (SNJO Youth Card £5; Children free) / 01786 466666

Performing the Songs of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mandel.

Sitkovetsky Piano Trio

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

Mon 13 Mar

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

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

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

Mon 20 Feb

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Susan Tomes

  • Written by: Ligeti

Classical pianist from Edinburgh.

Thu 9 Feb

£17–£20 (£12–£17) / 0131 668 2019

Music by Debussy, Schubert and Beethoven.

Tim Kliphuis Trio

Ace gypsy jazz violinist Kliphuis is joined by guitarist Nigel Clark and bassist Roy Percy for an evening of string playing.

Fri 17 Feb

£18.50 / 0131 668 2019

Expanding to a sextet for this performance.

Tinariwen

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

£22.50 / 0131 668 2019

Tom Chaplin

Lead singer of Keane off out in solo guise.

Mon 15 May

£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

£27.50 / 0131 668 2019

The Unthanks

Eccentric Geordie folk sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank.

Sat 22 Apr

£20 / 0131 668 2019

Ward Thomas

Country pop from Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzy.

Sun 30 Apr

£17 / 0131 668 2019

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