Can you help secure the future of The Queen's Hall - a unique and valuable resource in Edinburgh's cultural life?
In 2018/19 we raised over £344,000 which supported our core running costs, new carpets in the gallery, the refurbishment of the bar, additions to our auditorium equipment and a range of concert promotions and learning projects.
How you can help us
As we continue our 40th Anniversary celebrations throughout 2019 we’re increasing our goals with an ambition to make The Queen’s Hall the best it can be for both artists and audiences. We are seeking to raise funds to enable us to develop further high quality music and learning programmes, improve our stage and front-of-house facilities and increase the accessibility of our programme and venue.
All donors will receive an invitation to an annual concert and drinks reception in recognition of their support and will be listed on our website and in our newsletter unless preferring to remain anonymous.
Whether you make a one-off donation by clicking the button for one of the campaigns below, or set up a regular standing order with your bank, every amount helps. Thank you!
For further information about donating and how your money will be spent, please contact David Heavenor, Development Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Core Running Costs
We aspire to gain as much income from trading and the hire of our facilities as possible, but we still need to raise around £100,000 each year for our running costs - 15 members of staff, heating and lighting, and the many other varied costs associated with running a venue.
From 2020/21 however, our City Council grant of £84K is being reduced to £60K along with cuts to other arts bodies in Edinburgh, so we will need to raise at least £125K to meet the funding gap after trading and public funding are taken into consideration.
Whether you make a one-off donation by clicking the button below, or set up a regular standing order with your bank, every amount helps. Thank you!
We need to raise around £200,000 to cover our latest priority list, which includes
- Upgrades to heating and ventilation systems
- Pew cushions
- Plasma screens
- Digital projector and screen
- Auditorium curtains
- Office redecoration
Much of our annual programme is populated by events brought in by external promoters who hire The Queen's Hall for a fee. However, to maximise the use of the venue and to foster our proactive role in live music in Edinburgh, we promote around thirty shows per year ourselves, a number which is set to increase once the Scottish Chamber Orchestra move to their new premises.
Some of these concerts require no subsidy, however there are certain artists we want to bring to the city whose fees, added to the general production costs of their event, mean that box office takings alone won't cover our costs. Funding provides a guarantee against loss, which allows us to be more adventurous and far-reaching in our programming choices. Our annual aim is to raise around £60,000 to support programming costs.
Recent and upcoming The Queen's Hall promotions include:
- Winterplay, a mini-festival of Chamber music
- Gretchen Peters songwriting workshop
- Trio HLK with Evelyn Glennie
- Poppy Ackroyd
- Bruce Cockburn
- Woman to Woman
- Southside of the Tracks
- Homecoming 2: The Return of Mackay's Memoirs
- Tommy Smith Sextet: Beasts of Scotland
- Tim Garland Weather Walker Trio
- Neu! Reekie!
- Erland Cooper
- The Seer: Lauren MacColl
- 40th Anniversary Concert: Steven Osborne and Alban Gerhardt
- Mairi Campbell & The Pendulum Band / Hannah Read
- Henning Wehn: Get On With It
- Duncan Chisholm: The Gathering
- Heidi Talbot presents: Duke Special; James Yorkston; Brighde Chaimbeul
- Midge Ure
- BBC Big Band with Claire Martin OBE
- Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham
- Lubomyr Melnyk
- Tommy Smith Solo with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra All Stars
- Counterflows: Beatrice Dillon and guests
- Tim Kliphuis Trio: The Stirling Queen
- An Evening with Lenny Henry: Who Am I Again?
- Making Tracks
- The Dodge Brothers
- Southside of the Tracks
- Judy Collins
- Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene
- Distant Voices: A Giant on the Bridge
- Spiro & Synergy Vocals
Image: Adam Bulley
Creative Learning and Community Projects
We aim to grow the scope of our provision to give better access to creative learning and community projects for the local and wider community. We are looking to raise around £40,000 annually to cover our costs to do this.
Five concerts every March showcasing the wonderful range of music, dance and drama taking place in primary and secondary education in Edinburgh schools. A collaboration between The Queen's Hall and the City of Edinburgh Council Children and Families Department.
The City of Edinburgh Music School at Broughton High School
Workshop projects giving music students the opportunity of working with artists who are appearing at The Queen's Hall. We have just completed a workshop and concert project with Dutch virtuoso fiddler Tim Kliphuis where we commissioned a new piece in five movements called The Stirling Queen to celebrate the Hall’s 40th Anniversary as a music venue. Tim and his trio worked with special guests Patsy Reid and Clare Friel along with 7 string students. Funding was generously provided by Queen’s Hall supporters Sam and Renate Breadon enabling us also to commission a special poster design from Wylliecat Design.
Our next project sees Scotland’s finest young musical talent drawn from the four Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music performing a varied programme of solo and ensemble pieces Concert patrons will enjoy performances from pupils from Aberdeen City Music School, The City of Edinburgh Music School, The Music School of Douglas Academy, Milngavie and The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, Plockton. Our audience will see how these gifted children benefit from the support they enjoy from the Centres which offer specialist music tuition alongside the mainstream curriculum, preparing many for a professional career in future years.
On This, A Winter's Night
A creative performance project for upper primary schools conceived as a celebration of song, verse, music and light marking the turn of the year. Produced by Love Music Productions.
If you would like to donate a regular amount either annually or monthly, you can set up a standing order with your bank using the following details:
Account name: The Queen's Hall (Edinburgh)
Sort code: 80 20 00
Account no: 00644256
This is especially useful to us in our financial planning and saves on staff administration. Please let us know amount, start date and whether a monthly or annual donation.