St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum

St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum St Cecilia’s Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland and hosts one of the world's most important collections of historic musical instruments.
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St Cecilia's Hall museum brings together one of the world's most important collections of historic musical instruments.

Operating as usual

26/11/2020

From December 1st 2020 St Cecilia’s Hall will be closed for the winter.

While the physical doors of St Cecilia’s Hall are closed, our virtual doors are open wide. Please visit and engage with us online via:
Twitter: @StCeciliasHall
YouTube: St Cecilia's Hall: all things musical instruments
Our website: www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk, to enjoy online activities and book onto our virtual events programme.

See you again in 2021 🎹🎶

Materials make the  difference - today our Conservator carried out some XRF analysis to better understand the materials ...
18/11/2020

Materials make the difference - today our Conservator carried out some XRF analysis to better understand the materials used in the construction of our Chamber Organ (MIMEd 4327). By studying the composition of metals and understanding pigments used in decoration we learn more about the time and place in which these instruments were made.
https://collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed/record/18526?highlight=Chamber+organ

11/11/2020
Origami hearts and Railich guitar

Are those love hearts on that guitar?

Discover the reason why our Railich guitar of c.1650 is covered in hearts and learn how to fold your own origami heart in this #WorldOrigamiDay video. Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh UMIS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShM69ISGMA0&t

Learn to make an origami heart in this video inspired by our beautiful Railich guitar. Discover the decorative elements of this guitar and then make your own...

11/11/2020
Make an origami tulip inspired by our Hass clavichord of 1763.

Be inspired by the beauty of the tulip and make your own in our next #WorldOrigamiDay video. This video was inspired by our Hass clavichord made in 1763, which features a tulip on the soundboard.

You can learn how to fold these patterns and also learn some interesting information about our instruments in the process. #edinburghlocal Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh UMIS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixm_RehkVxo

Tulips are a popular decorative element found in many places, from tiles to fine art you will find tulips everywhere! Learn about the tulip painted on the so...

11/11/2020
Make an origami bat and learn about the Yueqin

In honour of #WorldOrigamiDay we have made a series of videos showing how to make origami sculptures inspired by #instruments in our #collection. You can learn how to fold these patterns and also learn some interesting information about our instruments in the process. #edinburghlocal Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh UMIS

First up, the bat and the yueqin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLYiAm0MwTQ

The bat is a symbol of prosperity and good luck in China and on your Yueqin you can find one hanging about on the pegbox. Learn more about this instrument an...

The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos
07/11/2020
The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos

The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos

Nannette Streicher has been marginalized by history, but she was one of Europe’s finest keyboard manufacturers.

07/11/2020

Join our volunteer John to learn more about St Cecilias Hall

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity available at The University of Edinburgh. The Centre for Research Collections Fellow...
04/11/2020
Centre for Research Collections Fellowships | IASH

Postdoctoral fellowship opportunity available at The University of Edinburgh. The Centre for Research Collections Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to use our collections for your research project.

Applications are invited for Centre for Research Collections Fellowships (previously known as Library Fellowships) from postdoctoral scholars in any area of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, to examine special collections held at the University of Edinburgh. The University of Edinburgh’s c...

An instrument riddle to celebrate #halloween.Does a tiny detail in gilded gold highlight a tradition from old? A pumpkin...
30/10/2020

An instrument riddle to celebrate #halloween.

Does a tiny detail in gilded gold highlight a tradition from old?
A pumpkin patch can be seen on an instrument shimmering in chinoiserie.
These gourds may seem a bit out of place, when you look at the rest of my outer case.
Perhaps pumpkins were all the rage when I was repainted and made to look like an older age.
For now I sit in resplendent glory and await one of you to guess my story.

Can you guess what instrument on display at St Cecilia's Hall has this small pumpkin patch decoration? [Hint - it is on display in the 1812 gallery].

28/10/2020
Hindustani Music at Lunchtime: Rudra Veena

Enjoy a performance on the rudra veena filmed during our Hindustani Music at Lunchtime Concert performed on 22 October 2020 by members of Thesitarproject.

Arfan Iqbal plays the Rudra Veena during the Hindustani Music at Lunchtime concert. Performed live on 22 October 2020 in the Sypert Concert Room as part of T...

Remember the greats, the pathfinders and the trailblazers - especially take a moment to remeber those who are not in you...
24/10/2020

Remember the greats, the pathfinders and the trailblazers - especially take a moment to remeber those who are not in your text books.

Today, a pioneer of the drumming community passed away at the honorable age of 107 years old. Viola Smith was one of the first female professional drummers to play in big bands and orchestras! At a time were women couldn't vote(...), she paved her way amongst the Gene Krupa and Papa Joe Jones of this world.

Respect 🙋‍♀️🥁

Behind the scenes look at today's live stream concert.
22/10/2020

Behind the scenes look at today's live stream concert.

22/10/2020
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We had some issues with our live stream. Here is the new link.

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Happy #InternationalMusicDay! At St Cecilia's Hall we celebrate the diversity and beauty of music through the stunning v...
02/10/2020

Happy #InternationalMusicDay! At St Cecilia's Hall we celebrate the diversity and beauty of music through the stunning variety of musical instruments from around the world.

01/10/2020
Michael

Michael

Today I am releasing my biggest video project – A Short History of the Flute, 1500-1900. This is a video I made for the National Flute Association as part of their Summer Series. It is just under 90 minutes long and contains demos of 18 flutes plus lots of information. I was assisted by Joseph Monticello who shows the Boehm cylindrical flutes and Boaz Berney on Renaissance flute. The presentation is designed mostly for modern flutists or people with a general musical interest. Of course, I trust it will also be interesting to those of us who already love old flutes!

The University of Edinburgh is now on Google Arts & Culture! One of our inaugural stories is 'Sounds of Scotland' featur...
30/09/2020
Sounds of Scotland - Google Arts & Culture

The University of Edinburgh is now on Google Arts & Culture! One of our inaugural stories is 'Sounds of Scotland' featuring instruments from St Cecilia's Hall. Learn about the special relationship Scotland has with music and musical instruments through the treasures of our collection.

While you are there, explore the other fascinating stories curated by our colleagues at the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh.

https://artsandculture.google.com/story/2gURKZ97Jy6x0w

Instruments made and played in Scotland

It is nice to be featured by The Scotsman! We might be a 'hidden gem' but  that doesn't mean you can't stop by. We are o...
29/09/2020
Edinburgh’s hidden gems and how to see them – Angus Robertson

It is nice to be featured by The Scotsman! We might be a 'hidden gem' but that doesn't mean you can't stop by. We are open and free to visit Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Covid pandemic has made us all embrace imaginative ways to keep in touch with friends, relatives and the real world. With so much understandably impacted with closures and restrictions, it has totally changed the way we experience our environment.

26/09/2020

Doors Open Day Tour 2020

Join us on this page at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday 26th) for our first ever live-streamed tour as part of #DoorsOpenDay2020!...
25/09/2020

Join us on this page at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday 26th) for our first ever live-streamed tour as part of #DoorsOpenDay2020! Our curator, Dr Jenny Nex, will be giving a 30 minute highlight tour of some of her favourite instruments on display.

22/09/2020
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Our last 'how it's made' video features Silvia Zanchi as she creatively decorates a guitar.

https://youtu.be/mIQFhE-bjcQ

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

21/09/2020
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One of the most distinctive features on a violin is its scroll. This beautiful design element is the mark of a true master luthier. See Marianne Jost carve a block of wood into an elegant scroll in our next 'how it's made' video.
https://youtu.be/vZbDzCCfwn4

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

18/09/2020
Making a parchment rose

#Baroque guitars and many #harpsichords have delicate roses decorating their soundholes. See how they are made with this video featuring a parchment (yes, as in goat skin!) rose by Elena Dal Cortivo. UMIS Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isDIJ11D7DE

Both harpsichords and Baroque guitars had soundholes decorated with roses. The material used for this decoration might surprise you: multiple layers of parch...

17/09/2020
Carving a lute rose

We have put up our next video in our how instruments are made series.

'Carving a lute rose' features the skills of the conservator of St Cecilia's Hall, Dr Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet, as he delicately carves the intricate pattern on a lute.
UMIS The University of Edinburgh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK9p8aonDBU

The lute has an intricately carved decoration on its soundboard called the rose. The pattern, often based on a geometric design, is carefully carved by hand ...

16/09/2020
Building Brass: brass instrument making

Currently our Discovery Drawers are closed for health and safety, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on our amazing videos on how instruments are made. We will be publishing one a day and are starting with the brass family.

Ever wondered how a trumpet is made? Watch the process of an instrument being made at the Smith-Watkins factory in York, England. This video is one of a seri...

St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum's cover photo
02/09/2020

St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum's cover photo

28/08/2020
Thomas Erskine: violinist, composer, lord and lad.

Our volunteer Dona has been researching the lives of the members of the Edinburgh Musical Society during #lockdown. She put together this video on the fascinating character, Thomas Erskine, 6th Earl of Kelly. Erskine was not only a violinist and composer, but according to Dona he was also 'a bit of a lad.' Watch the video to learn more.

The word is out that we are getting ready to reopen! Today we were delighted to be able to help out our musician friends...
26/08/2020

The word is out that we are getting ready to reopen! Today we were delighted to be able to help out our musician friends Dr John Kitchen and Susan Hamilton at short notice with some filming for The Austrian Broadcasting Company, ORF. They are putting together a 40-minute programme on politics and culture, so what better place to film! John brought live music back to the building, playing MIMEd 4479, our Barton harpsichord made in 1709 (which is now in quarantine for 72 hours). We look forward to more live – socially distanced and properly masked – music making after we reopen to the public on 3 September.

Happy #InternationalDogDay! If you look closely at our Keene virginal made in London in 1668 (MIMEd 4308) you can see a ...
26/08/2020

Happy #InternationalDogDay! If you look closely at our Keene virginal made in London in 1668 (MIMEd 4308) you can see a furry friend happily running across the lid painting. This poodle has been entertaining the players of this instrument for over 350 years! #UoECollections UMIS

St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum's cover photo
26/08/2020

St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum's cover photo

Strike up the band! St Cecilia’s Hall will be reopening on 3 September. We look forward to welcoming you back and sharin...
25/08/2020

Strike up the band! St Cecilia’s Hall will be reopening on 3 September. We look forward to welcoming you back and sharing our historic Concert Room and Music Museum with you.

To allow everyone to safely enjoy St Cecilia’s Hall, we will be making a few changes. St C’s will welcome visitors Thursdays to Saturdays and will be implementing timed entry tickets and a one-way system. Make sure to reserve your free ticket and learn more about how we are making your visit as safe as possible on our website http://www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk/opening-hourslocation/. We look forward to seeing you soon!

We're back! Well, sort of...The collections team was back in St C's for the first time in 5 months. We spent the day get...
24/08/2020

We're back! Well, sort of...

The collections team was back in St C's for the first time in 5 months. We spent the day getting the instruments and displays ready for their big debut on our reopening day of 3 September.

It was so nice to be surrounded again by these beautiful instruments and to see our colleagues 'in the flesh' after countless Zoom meetings!

Exciting announcement! We are looking forward to welcoming this fantastic instrument at St Cecilia's Hall. Thanks to Ste...
19/08/2020
Flower of Scotland bouzouki to be saved as mystery donor backs Corries crowdfunder

Exciting announcement! We are looking forward to welcoming this fantastic instrument at St Cecilia's Hall. Thanks to Steve Byrne for his vision and hard work.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18656880.flower-scotland-bouzouki-saved-mystery-donor-backs-corries-crowdfunder/

THE Flower of Scotland bouzouki played by Corries star Roy Williamson is to be purchased for the nation thanks to an anonymous donor.

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50 Niddry Street
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EH1 1LG

Opening Hours

Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 12:00
Friday 14:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 12:00
Saturday 14:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00

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How do I join the Sounds and Symbolism online event? I have a ticket...
This one of the world's great instrument collections, formed around that of Raymond Russell (who wrote the book,) well displayed and with a history, sustained if not established by John Barnes, of hospitality.
Hello - I sent an email recently about a harpsichord - did you receive it? Many thanks, Ursula
Looking for some wonderful music to enjoy on a beautiful autumn evening? Then join us at St Cecilia's Hall for tonight's concert.
Hi had a wonderful look round the museum and concert hall yesterday during doors open day. A really magnificent collection of instruments beautifully displayed! Could you PM with a contact email address please for someone in UoE who may be interested in archive material for Scottish free reed instruments which the collection seems to be lacking) thank you again for a great experience!
just wondering if someone could give some info. on this.thanks
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Homage to the sixth Earl of Kelly, composer, player, and luminary of St Cecilia's Hall at its beginning.