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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'

St Cecilia's Hall museum brings together one of the world's most important collections of historic musical instruments.

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Some pictures of last night's  Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories performance. Thank you to our wonderful performers ...
28/10/2022

Some pictures of last night's Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories performance. Thank you to our wonderful performers Marie Fielding and Beverley Bryant, our warm and receptive audience, and of course support from our funders National Lottery Heritage Fund

Pictures by Lori Watson

As part of our Year of Stories 2022 event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final ev...
27/10/2022

As part of our Year of Stories 2022 event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today the final Binnorie Woman in our series is Alicia Anne Spottiswoode, who inspired William Marshall's tune 'Lady John Scott'. Alicia was a prolific historian and the author of many famous ballads, including 'Annie Lawrie', 'Durisdeer' and 'Think on Me'. Her work 'Annie Lawrie' had words set to it by a 17th-century poet, William Douglas. She was also a champion of traditional Scots language, history and culture, her motto being "Haud [hold] fast by the past".

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087



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Please note that we'll be opening late today. We look forward to welcoming you from 2pm!
26/10/2022

Please note that we'll be opening late today. We look forward to welcoming you from 2pm!

As part of our  event series Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories, in the lead up to the final event in the series we w...
25/10/2022

As part of our event series Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories, in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today's penultimate Binnorie Woman is Lady Rachael Russell, the inspiration behind William Marshall's Lady Rachael Russell, Strathspey'. Rachael was a successful writer, publishing the novels 'Jessie Cameron: a Highland Story' in 1857 and 'The Prophecy' in 1863. Some of her works received praise from prominent literary critics of the day, being described as simple stories full of deep emotion and meaning that far outweighed many fashionable novels of the day when it came to quality. Some of her books can still be found in print today.

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087



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23/10/2022

It is such a pleasure to host talented musicians when they perform in our hall. Thank you for sharing your music with us.

As part of our  event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we...
22/10/2022

As part of our event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today's Binnorie Woman is Cathie MacDonald. Little is known about Cathie and, unlike the other women in our series, she does not, to our knowledge, have a piece of music dedicated to her. Instead, an image of her (pictured below) survives in the Angus Archives' James Scott Skinner collection. It is likely that Skinner developed a friendship of some kind with Cathie during the several years that she toured with him in his concert party as a highland dancer.

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087

Photo courtesy of Angus Archives



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21/10/2022

One of the most beautiful venues I have performed in - St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum at Edinburgh!
Such a gorgeous setting, lovely ambience, lovely audience and the most beautiful acoustic hall ever! Thanks to the organisers for taking care of us so well and organizing it so beautifully!:)

As part of our event series Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories, in the lead up to the final event in the series we wi...
20/10/2022

As part of our event series Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories, in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today's Binnorie Woman is Jean Cameron of Glendessary, the inspiration behind William Marshall's 'Miss Cameron's Reel- Banff'. Jean was a member of the Scottish peerage and a Jacobite. When her brothers went abroad, they left her as the appointed factor of the family estates. In this role she may have been at Glenfinnan when Charles raised his standard and at the Jacobite Court in Edinburgh. She is not known to have been further involved in rebellion, despite much propaganda that sought to frame her as an active military leader or as a fallen woman who became Charles's mistress. One such propaganda image of her is pictured here. In reality, she was known as a beautiful and intelligent woman with an incredible presence about her, who, though a supporter of the cause, took no active role in the 1745 rebellion.

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087

As part of our  event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we...
18/10/2022

As part of our event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today's Binnorie Woman is Susan Gordon, Duchess of Manchester, who inspired William Marshall's 'Lady Susan Gordon's Reel'. Susan can be seen depicted as the middle of the three ladies in the background of this satirical print. In it she is seen wearing men's breeches labelled 'Manchester silk', symbolising her perceived control over her husband. Later in life she was embroiled in scandal when she left her husband for a footman, a daring move and one seen as highly inappropriate for a woman of this period. This meant that she died an exile from "polite" society. Whether she remained with the footman is unknown.

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087


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As part of our  event series Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories, in the lead up to the final event in the series we w...
15/10/2022

As part of our event series Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories, in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today's Binnorie Woman is Jean Skinner, James Scott Skinner's first wife. Jean supported her husband's art and dancing school business until the family experienced bankruptcy due to the payment for one of his publications. This financial hardship took such a toll on Jean that she suffered extreme mental distress, causing her to be admitted to Elgin Asylum. Skinner wrote the tune 'Gane is My Jean' in memory of his beloved wife after she passed away during her time as an asylum patient.

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087


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Join us for an event full of family fun with a screening of the film Yoyo & The Little Auk, followed by a child-friendl...
15/10/2022

Join us for an event full of family fun with a screening of the film Yoyo & The Little Auk, followed by a child-friendly tour led by museum curators. In partnership with RSNO and the Family Learning Festival 2022.

For children aged 3-6. In addition to the live concert experience, digital learning resources are available for free at www.rsno.org.uk/project/yoyo

19th and 21st of October 2022, 14:00-15:00
Book now for a day of family fun via our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yoyo-the-little-auk-screening-and-childrens-tour-tickets-433474482847?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

As part of our  event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we...
13/10/2022

As part of our event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today's Binnorie Woman is Madame Frederick who inspired the tune 'Madame Frederick' by the composer William Marshall (pictured here). She was a popular dancer on the Edinburgh stage during Marshall's time. Famously, in 1799 she was invited to dance at the Highland Society of London's piping competition. Here she danced jigs, strathspeys and reels for the delighted onlookers so it seems only appropriate that such a famed dancer would have inspired Marshall's work.

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087



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As part of our  event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we...
11/10/2022

As part of our event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today's Binnorie Woman is Georgiana Russell, Duchess of Bedford, the inspiration behind William Marshall's 'Lady Georgian Russell's Reel'. Georgiana was known for her kindness and intelligence when it came to seeing to her husband's tenants and his estates. She was also famed for her social gatherings, especially those she held in her London apartments once her husband passed away. These parties were so famous that she eventually had a street in Kensington named after her.

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087



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As part of our Year of Stories 2022 event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final ev...
08/10/2022

As part of our Year of Stories 2022 event series 'Binnorie: Fiddles and Women's Stories', in the lead up to the final event in the series we will be regularly posting about some of the interesting women we have discovered over the course of this project.

Today's Binnorie Woman is Madame Finart de Lenglee. Daughter to a French General, Madam de Lenglee assisted James Scott Skinner and his adopted daughter, Jeannie Meldrum, with the dancing school that they ran. This help will have been especially appreciated as it came at a time when Jean, Skinner's wife, was sadly in an asylum due to mental strife. Gratitude for such kind help in their hour of need is likely why Skinner chose to write a song dedicated to Madame Finart de Lenglee.

If you're interested in hearing more about the amazing women who inspired composers like James Scott Skinner and William Marshall, then take a look at our Binnorie event series on our Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-cecilias-hall-the-university-of-edinburgh-6281103087

Image: MIMEd 2453, fiddle owned by James Scott Skinner.




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PLEASE NOTE: Due to unexpected circumstances, we will be closed for the rest of the afternoon. Apologies for any inconve...
21/09/2022

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unexpected circumstances, we will be closed for the rest of the afternoon. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We will be open as normal from 10am tomorrow.

Thinking about celebrating the Autumn Equinox this week? Then perhaps the Free 'Voices of the Soul' Concert taking place...
20/09/2022

Thinking about celebrating the Autumn Equinox this week? Then perhaps the Free 'Voices of the Soul' Concert taking place in our Concert Room this Saturday is for you. Relax to the beautiful sacred sounds of shamanic drums, Tibetan bowls, rain sticks, Kalimba Thumb Piano, voice channelling and many other instruments. Find out more and book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shamanic-songs-voices-of-the-soul-concert-autumn-equinox-celebration-tickets-394756375947 (Please note, this event features sound healing which is safe and beneficial for most people but may not be advised for individuals with certain health conditions: please see Eventbrite page for more information)

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Returned yesterday from a fabulous couple of days work recording for Linn Records a programme centred around “Mr. Charles the Hungarian, the famous French Horn” with Irish Baroque Orchestra directed by Peter Whelan.

It was a nice opportunity for me to use my Hofmaster copy made by Richard Seraphinoff (based on the originals at St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum that I was hugely grateful to get to play last week). Huge thanks to Julia MacDonell for her super generous loan of a second such instrument to enable my colleague, Patrick Broderick, and myself have a matched pair.

It was a particular treat to have one of Walsh’s “Six Celebrated Songs made on purpose for French Horns, Perform'd in the several Operas Compos'd by Mr Handel” included in this project. Huge thanks to Miriam Kaczor for admirably stepping into the role of Giulio Cesare and Peter Whelan for encouraging some pretty extensive ornamentation!
I always love spending some time in Edinburgh. Just heading back to London having had the great privilege of working with these wonderful mid 18th century Hofmaster horns which are housed at St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum.

My colleague Patrick Broderick and myself filmed a selection of the horn duos written by Mr Charles "the Hungarian" for the collection. Mr Charles is a fascinating character, a virtuoso performer on both the horn and the clarinet, he appears to have arrived in London by the 1730s and proceeds to pop up all over the UK and Ireland as a central figure in some really quite spectacular concert programmes.

A number of works either by Mr Charles or associated with him have survived in the sheet music and manuscripts of the Shaw Hellier collection (housed in the special collection of University of Birmingham) and these two Hofmaster instruments are part of the same collection. Sir Samuel Hellier comes across as quite a remarkable person - an avid collector of music and musical instruments during the mid 18th century - and it's wonderful to see how his collection still proves to be a powerful source for musicians today.

This trip was particularly timely and useful for us as next week we'll be working with Irish Baroque Orchestra recording what promises to be an appropriately exciting and somewhat eccentric disc exploring Mr Charles and his world. VERY many thanks to all in Edinburgh who generously facilitated our visit.


We are honoured to welcome Giulia Nuti for the opening of our Harpsichord Festival! 🎼

➡ Join her , 7pm at St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum
Book your seat now: http://www.ifecosse.org.uk/CONCERT-OF-ENGLISH-JACOBEAN-MUSIC.html
Giulia Nuti Harpsichord 🇮🇹 will play a 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝗻𝗴𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 at 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗽𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗲𝗻 𝗳𝗲̂𝘁𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 organised by Institut Français d'Ecosse on 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟯𝟬 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝗮𝘁 𝟭𝟵:𝟬𝟬 at St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum 🎶.

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Join FugaCités Sunday 03 April at St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum to enjoy a performance that brings together two arts: music and dance!

Book your seat now: http://www.ifecosse.org.uk/FUGACITES-BAROQUE-MUSIC-AND-HIP.html

Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu
Giulia Nuti Harpsichord playing Scarlatti sonatas from the Salle Pasteur Montpellier.

She will be performing on Wednesday 30 March at St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum

Book now your seat: http://www.ifecosse.org.uk/CONCERT-OF-ENGLISH-JACOBEAN-MUSIC.html
Dad - As a musical tribute in support of the people of Ukraine, we will have the honour and privilege to play Torbjörn Hultmark's 'Fanfare for Ukraine', prior to presenting the world premiere of Opsnizing Dad on 9 March 2022 at 1.10pm (UK time).

The piece, Фанфари для України (Fanfare for Ukraine), was composed on 1 March 2022 and has been scored for brass quintet. It has a sub-text on the score pages "Lead us, heavenly Father", and a poignant dedication for "All supporters of Ukraine".

Please join us for this moment of postive thought and solidarity through our live-stream link at: https://youtu.be/gVy4y6E3KOs

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A group of F8 children visited the historical instruments collection at St Cecilia’s Hall as part of their all-round preparation for upcoming music scholarship interviews. We were treated to a bespoke guided tour with Dr Sarah Deters, Learning and Engagement Curator or the collection, and were able to see early examples of the instruments the children are learning and discover how they developed over time. The children also had the opportunity to try some of the modern replica instruments, including a natural trumpet, a harpsichord and a very early piano of the sort that was developed during Mozart’s lifetime. It was such a joy to see how engaged the children were and the time just flew by!

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(or 4:42 to be precise) - Unmute, relax and enjoy this video delight ... the beautiful backdrop of 'Reel' from 'The Flow Country' by James Ross is reason enough, but we also thought you'd like to see:
What we've done in 2021.
What we'll do in 2022.

(More on our 2022 hopes and dreams at: https://saintsfunder.st-andrews.ac.uk/p/OperaLab/)

Please feel free to share - we all need a bit of reflection time ... and this one comes with such stunning music!

We offer you all our wishes and hopes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.






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Huge congratulations to our student John Williamson (pictured, left) on his Diploma in Cultural Venue Operations (SQA 6) – achieved entirely online, during a pandemic, no less! Thanks to St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum for their support, guidance, and lovely personal touch on the day 🎉.
Congratulations to John Williamson at St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum for completing his Diploma in Cultural Venue Operations (SCQF Level 6) with Rewards Training.

Find out more about this at https://www.rewardstraining.com/diploma-in-cultural-venue-operations

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