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Why The Queen's Hall needs your support

"One of my four favourite venues in Europe" (Malcolm Martineau)

The Queen's Hall - Interior Photo 2009

The Queen’s Hall has been at the heart of music making in Edinburgh since 1979 when the Church of Newington and St Leonard's was bought and converted into a 900 seat concert hall after a public appeal. Since then it has become known internationally as the setting for the much loved Edinburgh International Festival Morning Concerts and an ideal space for chamber music.

"The Queen’s Hall is one of the most distinctive concert halls in the country, with a fabulous acoustic for all kinds of music, an extraordinary atmosphere, and a strong programming style which ranges from jazz to Americana to chamber music, as well as being Edinburgh’s most successful venue for innovative Scottish music of all hues. Musicians love the space."  
(David Jones, Serious)

While our roots lie in the classical tradition, the Hall’s unique atmosphere and wonderful acoustics quickly led to the expansion of the programme to embrace jazz, pop and the wide array of world and traditional music. Over 200 events are now staged every year with 100,000 people passing through our doors.  

"An iconic hub of great music and performance. I have such a great affection for the place." (Phil Cunningham, MBE)

We are an independent charity run by a voluntary board of Directors.  We have no parent body to call on for funding and in common with many arts organisations in Scotland are living through turbulent times in the wider economy and a great degree of flux in public funding for the arts. Recent research which benchmarked The Queen’s Hall against 17 other comparable UK venues concluded that:

"These figures demonstrate that The Queen’s Hall earns a much higher percentage of its income than average and currently operates on significantly less subsidy than average. Taking all the above into account it must be said that The Queen’s Hall does exist on a low level of public funding. It’s almost the lowest level that research has found."
(Robert Sanderson)

Once you remove Box Office income and public grants, The Queen's Hall has a funding gap of over £200,000 a year. We need to raise money to underwrite our own series of concert promotions to complement the busy programme promoted by external users of the venue. The Queen's Hall frequently brings jazz, folk, acoustic and world musicians to Edinburgh who would not play here unless we promoted their concerts.

To ensure that The Queen's Hall has long term stability we are asking our supporters to consider Gifts of Shares, Legacies, Gifts of Property or items of value. The Charity owns the building but we need to develop the asset base of the organisation to make a secure future for the artists and audiences who love and use the Hall.

If you can offer support now or in the future, please contact: 

David Heavenor, Development Manager
Telephone: 0131 622 7389
Mail: The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG

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