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.

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Getting all set up for today's Instruments of Rock. Book your spot on our events page!
04/06/2021

Getting all set up for today's Instruments of Rock. Book your spot on our events page!

Getting all set up for today's Instruments of Rock. Book your spot on our events page!

It is all go at St C's today as we prepare for the Finale Concert of the Historic Brass Society Society Virtual Symposiu...
26/05/2021

It is all go at St C's today as we prepare for the Finale Concert of the Historic Brass Society Society Virtual Symposium 2021. Members of The Wallace Collection Ensemble are scattered about the building and the videographers are setting up in the concert hall. Book your tickets here for the FREE concert tonight @7:00pm.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/finale-concert-historic-brass-society-virtual-symposium-2021-registration-155572169547?fbclid=IwAR1FRNaCr67Tytv0b3mRGgQoWQnniUwi8oanAoZpVLee38lIVxaJoqUwsqo

It is all go at St C's today as we prepare for the Finale Concert of the Historic Brass Society Society Virtual Symposium 2021. Members of The Wallace Collection Ensemble are scattered about the building and the videographers are setting up in the concert hall. Book your tickets here for the FREE concert tonight @7:00pm.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/finale-concert-historic-brass-society-virtual-symposium-2021-registration-155572169547?fbclid=IwAR1FRNaCr67Tytv0b3mRGgQoWQnniUwi8oanAoZpVLee38lIVxaJoqUwsqo

It was so much fun exploring the Roaring 20s through jazz and musical instruments for the City Art Centre. They have a w...
20/05/2021

It was so much fun exploring the Roaring 20s through jazz and musical instruments for the City Art Centre. They have a wonderful programme of events for you to explore at edinburghmuseums.org.uk.

Curious about the Jazz Age? Ever wondered what was the "jazz scene" of Edinburgh in the 1920s? Join our Learning and Eng...
13/05/2021
Digital Lecture: Roaring Sound: The Instruments of the Jazz Era

Curious about the Jazz Age? Ever wondered what was the "jazz scene" of Edinburgh in the 1920s? Join our Learning and Engagement Curator, Dr Sarah Deters, as she explores the roaring 20s, its music and musical instruments in lecture in partnership with Museums & Galleries Edinburgh on 19 May at 2pm. It is a free event, but booking is required.

https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/digital-lecture-roaring-sound-instruments-jazz-era

Wednesday 19 May 2021, 2pm-3pm Roaring Sound: The Instruments of the Jazz Era

Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating Eid al-Fitr this evening! Musical instruments play a variety of roles in Islamic pra...
12/05/2021

Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating Eid al-Fitr this evening! Musical instruments play a variety of roles in Islamic practices across the world. Here we have a Ney (MIMEd 6301), a flute made from a cane or reed which is used in Mevlevi Sema ceremonies in Turkey.

Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating Eid al-Fitr this evening! Musical instruments play a variety of roles in Islamic practices across the world. Here we have a Ney (MIMEd 6301), a flute made from a cane or reed which is used in Mevlevi Sema ceremonies in Turkey.

Forget the Oscars, St Cecilia’s is where you’ll find the real on-screen talent! Sarah, Jonathan and Jenny have been busy...
11/05/2021

Forget the Oscars, St Cecilia’s is where you’ll find the real on-screen talent! Sarah, Jonathan and Jenny have been busy filming amongst our beautiful collections for some videos coming soon to a (small) screen near you…

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Lights...cameras...ACTION!The videographers have been getting ready ahead of filming at the Museum this week – look out ...
04/05/2021

Lights...cameras...ACTION!

The videographers have been getting ready ahead of filming at the Museum this week – look out for the St C’s team in their ‘Talking Heads’ roles, bringing the collections to you through our Can't Stop the Music project.

Lights...cameras...ACTION!

The videographers have been getting ready ahead of filming at the Museum this week – look out for the St C’s team in their ‘Talking Heads’ roles, bringing the collections to you through our Can't Stop the Music project.

Today’s @bbcradio3 afternoon concert features the harpsichordist Erin Helyard directing the @australianhaydnensemble per...
28/04/2021

Today’s @bbcradio3 afternoon concert features the harpsichordist Erin Helyard directing the
@australianhaydnensemble performing #Mozart, #Haydn & #CPEBach. Our doors re-open tomorrow, why not come #explore our #keyboard galleries? We even think a few of them may have been played by these eminent composers.

#GoodToGo #museums #music #visit https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-your-free-timed-ticket-st-cecilias-hall-edinburgh-tickets-148419670229

Today’s @bbcradio3 afternoon concert features the harpsichordist Erin Helyard directing the
@australianhaydnensemble performing #Mozart, #Haydn & #CPEBach. Our doors re-open tomorrow, why not come #explore our #keyboard galleries? We even think a few of them may have been played by these eminent composers.

#GoodToGo #museums #music #visit https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-your-free-timed-ticket-st-cecilias-hall-edinburgh-tickets-148419670229

Sometimes it is the smallest things that remind us of the importance of caring for our planet on this #EarthDay.Is it a ...
22/04/2021

Sometimes it is the smallest things that remind us of the importance of caring for our planet on this #EarthDay.

Is it a bird? A plane? Just the humble moth. This rather cute moth perches on a curious seventeenth-century violin with no sides. A nice reminder that it is not just majestic, charismatic creatures we live alongside, but that small creatures can be inspiring too!

https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/95991
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Sometimes it is the smallest things that remind us of the importance of caring for our planet on this #EarthDay.

Is it a bird? A plane? Just the humble moth. This rather cute moth perches on a curious seventeenth-century violin with no sides. A nice reminder that it is not just majestic, charismatic creatures we live alongside, but that small creatures can be inspiring too!

https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/95991
@edinburghcrc UMIS

A bit of whimsy for #EarthDay (and a bit of fun for #gameofthronesfan fans!)OK, so maybe you’ve never seen a dragon. But...
22/04/2021

A bit of whimsy for #EarthDay (and a bit of fun for #gameofthronesfan fans!)

OK, so maybe you’ve never seen a dragon. But this fearsome creature has an important role to play: as a symbol of bravery in Bhutan, the dragon is said to ward off evil spirits attracted by the sounds of the dramyin, the lute to which he is attached. A true hero!
https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/96035

@edinburghcrc UMIS

A bit of whimsy for #EarthDay (and a bit of fun for #gameofthronesfan fans!)

OK, so maybe you’ve never seen a dragon. But this fearsome creature has an important role to play: as a symbol of bravery in Bhutan, the dragon is said to ward off evil spirits attracted by the sounds of the dramyin, the lute to which he is attached. A true hero!
https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/96035

@edinburghcrc UMIS

Moving to #floral designs for #EarthDay.A bouquet of flowers to pluck at the heartstrings? The maker of this nineteenth-...
22/04/2021

Moving to #floral designs for #EarthDay.

A bouquet of flowers to pluck at the heartstrings? The maker of this nineteenth-century lyre guitar has certainly pulled out all the stops with this extravagant raised gold floral decoration.
https://collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed/record/14794?highlight=1112

@edinburghcrc UMIS

Moving to #floral designs for #EarthDay.

A bouquet of flowers to pluck at the heartstrings? The maker of this nineteenth-century lyre guitar has certainly pulled out all the stops with this extravagant raised gold floral decoration.
https://collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed/record/14794?highlight=1112

@edinburghcrc UMIS

Another #EarthDay #animal inspiration!This handsome lion sits proudly atop the scroll of an eighteenth-century Italian v...
22/04/2021

Another #EarthDay #animal inspiration!

This handsome lion sits proudly atop the scroll of an eighteenth-century Italian viola d’amore. You certainly wouldn’t want to play any wrong notes with him looking you in the eye!

https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/96014
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UMIS

Another #EarthDay #animal inspiration!

This handsome lion sits proudly atop the scroll of an eighteenth-century Italian viola d’amore. You certainly wouldn’t want to play any wrong notes with him looking you in the eye!

https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/96014
@edinburghcrc
UMIS

To mark #EarthDay2021 we are highlighting a selection of instruments at St Cecilia’s inspired by the natural world! From...
22/04/2021

To mark #EarthDay2021 we are highlighting a selection of instruments at St Cecilia’s inspired by the natural world! From fierce lions to tiny moths, the creatures we share our planet with have long influenced musical instrument makers – long may they continue to do so!

First up is a majestic veena, carved from a gourd into the shape of a peacock in India during the nineteenth century. Try to spot the cobra included in the design – the peacock is either very brave, or about to get a nasty surprise…

To mark #EarthDay2021 we are highlighting a selection of instruments at St Cecilia’s inspired by the natural world! From fierce lions to tiny moths, the creatures we share our planet with have long influenced musical instrument makers – long may they continue to do so!

First up is a majestic veena, carved from a gourd into the shape of a peacock in India during the nineteenth century. Try to spot the cobra included in the design – the peacock is either very brave, or about to get a nasty surprise…

What a great opportunity for young scholars to fund your research.
20/04/2021
Small Research Grants for Students | AMIS

What a great opportunity for young scholars to fund your research.

The American Musical Instrument Society are offering four small research grants ($500) for student members to carry out research relating to the study of musical instruments. Awardees will be expected to submit their research to the 2022 AMIS meeting and write a piece for the AMIS Newsletter.

20/04/2021

It has been a while since this lady has seen any visitors. For the past year she has been looking after her Ruckers harpsichord and can't wait to see you during your visit. https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/96068

#harpsichord #ruckers #earlymusic #kindacreepy

Ten days to go until St C's reopens to the public! As we chase up our final preparations for the big day, wouldn't it be...
19/04/2021

Ten days to go until St C's reopens to the public! As we chase up our final preparations for the big day, wouldn't it be great for someone to follow us around playing a trompe de chasse for inspiration?

Book now to #explore our #music #museum
We reopen to safely welcome & engage with #visitors from across #Edinburgh & other parts of #Scotland on 29 April.

Open Thur-Saturdays with FREE timed tickets: https://www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk/whats-on/

Ten days to go until St C's reopens to the public! As we chase up our final preparations for the big day, wouldn't it be great for someone to follow us around playing a trompe de chasse for inspiration?

Book now to #explore our #music #museum
We reopen to safely welcome & engage with #visitors from across #Edinburgh & other parts of #Scotland on 29 April.

Open Thur-Saturdays with FREE timed tickets: https://www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk/whats-on/

Some fun and funky trombones for #internationaltromboneweek. Tenor trombone by Anton Schnitzer, 1594 (MIMEd 2695)Buccin,...
16/04/2021

Some fun and funky trombones for #internationaltromboneweek.

Tenor trombone by Anton Schnitzer, 1594 (MIMEd 2695)
Buccin, France, ca. 1840 (MIMEd 214)
Contrabass valve trombone, J.A. Stowasser, ca. 1950 (MIMEd 2532)
Cavalry trombone, Le Brun, Brussels, early 20th century (MIMEd 6079)

We are lifting the lids for reopening!The St C's staff is busy 'waking up' our collection - we are lifting the lids, giv...
09/04/2021

We are lifting the lids for reopening!

The St C's staff is busy 'waking up' our collection - we are lifting the lids, giving everything a gentle dusting, and tuning the keyboards in preparation for our reopening on 29 April.

Book your FREE ticket https://www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk/whats-on/

We are lifting the lids for reopening!

The St C's staff is busy 'waking up' our collection - we are lifting the lids, giving everything a gentle dusting, and tuning the keyboards in preparation for our reopening on 29 April.

Book your FREE ticket https://www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk/whats-on/

Happy #internationalpianoday! Why do we mark this day to celebrate the piano? Because it is the 88th day of 2021. Althou...
29/03/2021

Happy #internationalpianoday! Why do we mark this day to celebrate the piano? Because it is the 88th day of 2021. Although none of the instruments below have 88 keys, they are all different types of pianos.

Euphonicon (upright piano) by John Steward, London, c.1845. (MIMEd 0497)
Double-manual grand piano, Weber (Aeolian Co. Ltd.), London, 1922. (MIMEd 1599)
Square pianoforte, Johannes Zumpe, London, 1767. (MIMEd 4339)
Pianoforte, John Broadwood & Sons, London, 1793. (MIMEd 4490)

Happy St Patrick's Day!Take a moment to enjoy the Uillean pipe, or Irish pipe, the national bagpipe of Ireland. This set...
17/03/2021

Happy St Patrick's Day!
Take a moment to enjoy the Uillean pipe, or Irish pipe, the national bagpipe of Ireland.

This set of Uillean pipes (MIMEd 6049) was made by Micelel 0'Cianain of Glassleck, ShercocK, Co. Cavan. O’Cianain was one of the best-known makers of Uilleann and other Irish bagpipes in 20th century Ireland. He was also a well-known bagpipe player and teacher.

You can learn more about Uillean piping and hear its wonderful sound here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MxFsk4sYM4

Happy St Patrick's Day!
Take a moment to enjoy the Uillean pipe, or Irish pipe, the national bagpipe of Ireland.

This set of Uillean pipes (MIMEd 6049) was made by Micelel 0'Cianain of Glassleck, ShercocK, Co. Cavan. O’Cianain was one of the best-known makers of Uilleann and other Irish bagpipes in 20th century Ireland. He was also a well-known bagpipe player and teacher.

You can learn more about Uillean piping and hear its wonderful sound here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MxFsk4sYM4

Our Learning and Engagement Curator, Sarah Deters, was recently interviewed by the VOiCE team. Listen to the podcast to ...
15/03/2021

Our Learning and Engagement Curator, Sarah Deters, was recently interviewed by the VOiCE team. Listen to the podcast to learn about some of the behind the scenes work at St C's, how we choose objects to display, and why Sarah used to crawl around under the bleachers at her high school in West Virginia.

We were so happy to be able to host the 'Music Across Borders' concert series. The team put together this lovely video s...
15/03/2021
Music Across Borders documentary

We were so happy to be able to host the 'Music Across Borders' concert series. The team put together this lovely video showcasing the diverse and talented musicians who shared music with us all.

It is #InternationalBagpipeDay! From highland to lowland, union to uillean, we've got you covered. Search our entire #ba...
10/03/2021

It is #InternationalBagpipeDay! From highland to lowland, union to uillean, we've got you covered. Search our entire #bagpipe collection on our website www.collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed.

University of Edinburgh Libraries and Museums #UoECollections UMIS

Applications for our 'Can't Stop the Music' internship close Wednesday 3 March. If you are a University of Edinburgh stu...
02/03/2021
Unitemps - Can't Stop The Music Intern

Applications for our 'Can't Stop the Music' internship close Wednesday 3 March. If you are a University of Edinburgh student who is interested in gaining experience in music administration while working with a world class collection, this is the perfect opportunity for you!
https://portal.unitemps.com/Search/JobDetails/22386087

The Information Services Group (ISG) at the University of Edinburgh is currently offering an unusual and exciting student employment opportunity for an individual to work as their Can’t Stop The Music Intern within their Library and University ...

We are now taking applications for our 'Can't Stop the Music' internship. This is a great opportunity for a student at T...
25/02/2021
Unitemps - Can't Stop The Music Intern

We are now taking applications for our 'Can't Stop the Music' internship. This is a great opportunity for a student at The University of Edinburgh to learn and develop core music administrative skills required for a future career in the music profession.

Learn more and apply at https://portal.unitemps.com/Search/JobDetails/22386087

Edinburgh University Students' Association Edinburgh CollegeofArt

The Information Services Group (ISG) at the University of Edinburgh is currently offering an unusual and exciting student employment opportunity for an individual to work as their Can’t Stop The Music Intern within their Library and University ...

We are now taking applications for our 'Can't Stop the Music' internship. This is a great opportunity for a The Universi...
25/02/2021
Unitemps - Can't Stop The Music Intern

We are now taking applications for our 'Can't Stop the Music' internship. This is a great opportunity for a The University of Edinburgh student to learn and develop core music administrative skills required for a future career in the music profession.

Learn more and apply at https://portal.unitemps.com/Search/JobDetails/22386087

Edinburgh University Students' Association Edinburgh CollegeofArt

The Information Services Group (ISG) at the University of Edinburgh is currently offering an unusual and exciting student employment opportunity for an individual to work as their Can’t Stop The Music Intern within their Library and University ...

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We had the unique opportunity to meet John Raymond for the first time and at the same time on his last day at work(!) on 16-07-2014. We had an unforgettable experience at Saint Cecilia's Hall thanks to such a passionate and omniscient gentleman.
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
Greetings . I present to you my page dedicated to NARBO MARTIVS ( Roman Narbonne , south of the France ) , NARBONENSIS capital's and city among the top 20 according with the very famous Roman author AVSONIVS ( Ausone ) in ORDO VRBIVM NOBILIVM ( order of great noble cities ) : Narbo Martivs , première fille de Rome .
Homage to the sixth Earl of Kelly, composer, player, and luminary of St Cecilia's Hall at its beginning.