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Queen's Hall, The

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Located on the west side of Clerk Street, in the Newington District of Edinburgh, the Queen's Hall represents the principal venue on the south-side of the city for concerts. Built in 1823 as the Hope Park Chapel of Ease, the building has a two-storey villa frontage, with a tall and slender classical steeple. Latterly the Newington and St. Leonard's Church, it was converted into a concert hall in 1979, and opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 850-seat auditorium still strongly reflects its ecclesiastical origins, although the pulpit has been replaced by an early 19th Century chamber organ. Painted 18th Century panels displaying the Commandments and the Lord's Prayer, which were brought from the former Buccleuch Parish Church in 1950, can be seen on the stairs.

Noted particularly for its baroque and classical music concerts, the Hall is home to the world-class Scottish Chamber Orchestra, but also offers a programme of jazz, folk and contemporary music, in addition to theatre, comedy and opera as well as acting as an important venue for the Edinburgh International Festival.

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