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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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

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.

NEW PODCAST EPISODE

🗃📫🎙 Podcast Alert! The next episode of 'We've got History' has just been released!

Head to your preferred podcast provider to listen to VOiCE in conversation with the Learning and Engagement Curator at Saint Cecilia's Hall.

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/we-ve-got-history
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3MOzYT3vCfsFPStHFtGCQQ
Other: https://linktr.ee/voiceed

15/03/2021
Thesitarproject

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.

Last year I had the great joy of organizing, together with Cate Qinhan Chen, a concert series entitled 'Music Across Borders'. In these concerts, we brought together world music ensembles based in and around Edinburgh, representing the music of India, China, Brazil, Spain, Morocco, Japan, West Africa and Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, due to covid we weren't able to complete the project as planned, so instead we made this short video to showcase Edinburgh's amazing musical diversity and talent. Thanks for watching 🙂

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 ...

12/02/2021
Janelle Lau: Traditional Chinese Pipa

Happy #chinesenewyear! To celebrate the year of the ox, we hope you enjoy a performance by The University of Edinburgh student Janelle Lau on the #pipa. Janelle plays a mixture of traditional and more contemporary pieces on her instrument, which has been played in China for more than 2,000 years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIDE1bHjWGA

Hear the beautiful sounds of the Chinese pipa, an instrument which has been played in China for over 2,000 years. Exploring both traditional and more modern ...

We use a few more technical terms when cataloguing our instruments.
01/02/2021

We use a few more technical terms when cataloguing our instruments.

Happy Monday.

Our doors my be closed but our work continues. St Cecilia's Hall may be closed to the public, but we are keeping busy wo...
15/01/2021

Our doors my be closed but our work continues.

St Cecilia's Hall may be closed to the public, but we are keeping busy working on many projects behind the scenes. Today, curator Jenny Nex, is measuring a valved post horn (MIMEd 4566 https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/96121). The measurements will be used by students who are learning how to make technical drawings.

If you have a project in mind for your students that might use musical instruments, please get in touch. We are happy to provide virtual lessons, tours and projects for students of all ages.

St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum's cover photo
06/01/2021

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

It is Friday, which means it is #SpotTheDifferences time! Can you find the 5 changes in this image of our 'Copies, Count...
18/12/2020

It is Friday, which means it is #SpotTheDifferences time! Can you find the 5 changes in this image of our 'Copies, Counterfeits and Concoctions' display from the Binks Gallery? Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh #uoecollections

13/12/2020

One final video to round off our #WorldViolinDay celebrations. Dr Lori Watson plays a traditional reel by James Scott Skinner called "The Left-handed fiddler" on a #MuseumViolin by Matthew Hardie, made in Edinburgh in 1805 (MIMEd 3105). What can we say, this day has been 'reel' fun!

Dr Lori Watson is a Lecturer in Scottish Ethnology in Celtic and Scottish Studies. Learn more at Traditional Arts Performance - University of Edinburgh.

Discover more about this violin here: https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/95957

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpThLiza7QI

13/12/2020

This #MuseumViolin has been in the Musical Instrument Collection of The University of Edinburgh since 1855. It is a mute violin (MIMEd 0330), a type of instrument purposefully made to sound quiet. Lacking a top or back, the instrument has little resonance, and can only be heard by the player and someone standing very close by.

In this video, Dr Lori Watson plays gentle air called "When the Kye Cam Hame" which perfectly fits this mournful sounding violin. It is a fitting piece that highlights the different timbres of the violin family instruments on this #WorldViolinDay.

Dr Lori Watson is a Lecturer in Scottish Ethnology in Celtic and Scottish Studies. Learn more at Traditional Arts Performance - University of Edinburgh

Learn more about this violin here: https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/95995

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W0t5Pw6RQY

13/12/2020

A slightly more unusual instrument to add to our #WorldViolinDay offering. This #MuseumViolin is a Stroh violin (MIMEd 4533) made for recording music on phonograph machines in the early 20th century.

In this clip Dr Lori Watson, Lecturer in Scottish Ethnology from @traditionalartsperformance The University of Edinburgh plays "Tain in the Rain", a piece composed by Gordon Duncan for bagpipes but adapted by for the fiddle.

Learn more about this violin at: https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/96119

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlyV_aInwlA

13/12/2020
#MuseumsViolins for World Violin Day 2020

Happy #WorldViolinDay!

Enjoy a playlist featuring #museumviolins from around the world. Violins from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Philharmonie de Paris, 奇美博物館 Chimei Museum, Museo del Violino, and the National Music Museum (NMM) are represented as well a few from St Cecilia's Hall.

A great sound track of beautiful music.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVqHHGh99fzwbrIx_fu3KdUDwODa3CuWU

Violins from museums' collections all over the world gathered here for #WorldViolinDay 2020

13/12/2020

Happy #WorldViolinDay. To celebrate we created four new violin videos featuring some of wonderful #MuseumViolins on display at St Cecilia's Hall.

First up is a performance of the Banks of Spey, written by William Marshall and played on a fiddle owned and played by Marshall himself (MIMEd 0326). The piece is performed by Dr Lori Watson, Lecturer from @traditionalartsperformance The University of Edinburgh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeDi-tvPgs0

Learn more about this violin on our website: https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/95985

Another #SpotTheDifference challenge. What has happened to MIMEd 4306, our Ioannes Ruckers harpsichord from 1638? #UoECo...
11/12/2020

Another #SpotTheDifference challenge. What has happened to MIMEd 4306, our Ioannes Ruckers harpsichord from 1638? #UoECollections

A festive competition to bring you cheer!Lance Whitehead, an alumus of the The University of Edinburgh and great friend ...
10/12/2020
BBC Radio 3 - Breakfast - Radio 3 Carol Competition 2020

A festive competition to bring you cheer!

Lance Whitehead, an alumus of the The University of Edinburgh and great friend of St Cecilia's Hall (Lance was based at St Cecilia’s Hall while working towards his PhD on the clavichords of Hieronymus and Johann Hass), is among the 6 finalists in this year’s BBC Radio 3 Christmas Carol Competition.

Help us support Lance and the other 5 finalists by voting for your favourite rendition on the BBC Radio 3 website. Here you can hear all 6 shortlisted tunes, harmonised by Clare Wheeler and performed by the BBC Singers. The competition ends on Thursday 17th December with the winner announced on 18th, so get your skates on!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4W3pChRzhv8yDG6JF1398FF/radio-3-carol-competition-2020

Here's everything you need to know about the BBC's festive challenge for amateur composers

A bit of fiddle action happening today. We are filming some of our violins owned and played by Scottish fiddlers as well...
09/12/2020

A bit of fiddle action happening today. We are filming some of our violins owned and played by Scottish fiddlers as well as a few of our more unusual violins. Special thanks to Dr Lori Watson from Celtic and Scottish Studies, Traditional Arts Performance - University of Edinburgh, for her wonderful playing. Look out for the videos coming soon!

Learn more about the morning rag Miyan-ki-Todi and the Rudra Veena in this article by our friends at Thesitarproject.
08/12/2020
Thesitarproject

Learn more about the morning rag Miyan-ki-Todi and the Rudra Veena in this article by our friends at Thesitarproject.

Check out this article and video from our recent live-streamed concert in St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh at which Arfan Iqbal presented Rag Miyan-ki-todi on Rudra veena.

Some #SpotTheDifference fun for this Friday afternoon. Can you find the 5 changes made to our high #brass display in the...
04/12/2020

Some #SpotTheDifference fun for this Friday afternoon. Can you find the 5 changes made to our high #brass display in the Wofson Gallery?

If we knew there was going to be #thundersnow last night, we would have accompanied the storm with some of our sound eff...
04/12/2020

If we knew there was going to be #thundersnow last night, we would have accompanied the storm with some of our sound effect machines from the 1920s. They were used to make rain, wind and thunder sounds during silent movies. #UoECollections Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh UMIS

The Endangered Crafts Funds has money to support British instrument makers who make flutes, northumbrian bagpipes and fr...
02/12/2020

The Endangered Crafts Funds has money to support British instrument makers who make flutes, northumbrian bagpipes and free reed instruments. See below for details on how to apply for up to £2,000 in support.

After three rounds and 18 grants awarded, we are yet to receive an application to our HCA Endangered Crafts Fund for a project that features any of the following endangered crafts from the #HCARedList. If you know any of these UK-based makers, mention them in the comments so they can consider applying for up to £2,000 to do something that will increase the likelihood of their craft surviving the next generation. The next application deadline is 26 February 2021. More details at https://heritagecrafts.org.uk/ecf-apply/. The ECF is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dulverton Trust, Allchurches Trust, Radcliffe Trust and individual donors.

Brick maker
Broom maker
Brush maker
Clay pipe maker
Clog maker
Coach builder
Cooper (non-spirits)
Cricket ball maker
Engine turner
Falconry furniture maker
Flintknapper (masonry)
Flute maker
Free reed instrument maker
Globe maker
Gold beater
Hand grinder
Harp maker
Hat block maker
Horn, antler and bone worker
Illuminator
Iron founder
Japanner
Lacrosse stick maker
Ladder maker
Lead worker
Mould and deckle maker
Northumbrian pipe maker
Oar, mast, spar and flagpole maker
Orrery maker
Parchment and vellum maker
Pargeter
Pole lathe bowl turner
Rake maker
Saw maker
Side saddle maker
Sieve and riddle maker
Slater
Spade maker (forged heads)
Surgical instrument maker
Tinsmith
Wainwright
Wallpaper maker
Whip maker
Wooden pipe maker

St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum's cover photo
01/12/2020

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

30/11/2020
The University of Edinburgh

Happy St Andrew's Day! This year our usual celebratory concert is an online event. We hope you enjoy.

To celebrate St. Andrew's Day, Celtic and Scottish Studies staff and students from the past and present have filmed a special concert to mark the occasion. Find out more and view the full video here 👉 https://edin.ac/3o6lf2E

26/11/2020
www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk

Following updated Scottish Government guidelines, our museum is now closed until further notice.

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.

We hope to see you again soon 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...

In honour of #WorldOrigamiDay we have made a series of videos showing how to make origami sculptures inspired by #instru...
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...

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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.