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.

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

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Best known for its use in Gustav Holst's 'The Planets' the bass oboe is a bit of an otherworldly instrument.  https://ww...
14/10/2021
Bass oboe

Best known for its use in Gustav Holst's 'The Planets' the bass oboe is a bit of an otherworldly instrument.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DA0b1NbAaU

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Morven Bell plays a bass oboe by F. Lorée and discusses the uses of the instrument in orchestral music.

Be transported back to Mozart's Vienna with this demonstration of our Griesbacher basset horn. Mozart used the basset ho...
13/10/2021
Basset horn

Be transported back to Mozart's Vienna with this demonstration of our Griesbacher basset horn.

Mozart used the basset horn in many of his compositions including his Reqium and the Magic Flute. In this video, Calum Robertson plays an excerpt from Divertimento No. 2 KV 439b/II.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULGOs-fU2eA

https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/96127

Calum Robertson plays Mozart our Griesbacher basset horn made in Vienna around 1800. Calum Robertson is an Edinburgh-based clarinettist, organist and choral ...

Border #bagpipes get their name from the geographic region between Scotland and England. This set of border pipes were m...
12/10/2021
Border pipes

Border #bagpipes get their name from the geographic region between Scotland and England. This set of border pipes were made on the English side and are also known as ‘big pipes’ to differentiate them from Northumberland smallpipes.

Tradition has it that this set of #pipes were played by William Lamshaw Sr who was the piper to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland between 1780 and 1800.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUzae6dmJ50

Hear this 18th-century set of border pipes played by Fin Moore and discover its social uses in the border region of England and Scotland. Tradition says this...

At 16 feet long, this contrabass serpent certainly catches the eye! It is truly one of a kind (apart from modern copies)...
08/10/2021
Contrabass Serpent - 'The Anaconda'

At 16 feet long, this contrabass serpent certainly catches the eye! It is truly one of a kind (apart from modern copies) and it is a beast to play. In fact, because of its size it has earn the nickname - The Anaconda.

Watch Tony George wrangle this serpent into action in our latest video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6I5eLiAJtw

https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/95954

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Discover 'The Anaconda' the largest of the serpents!The 'beast' is being played by Tony George, who has performed and recorded with Modern Orchestras such as...

This unusual #guitar, the `Guitare Decacorde', was invented in 1826 by the guitarist composer Fernando Carulli in associ...
07/10/2021
Guitar Decacorde

This unusual #guitar, the `Guitare Decacorde', was invented in 1826 by the guitarist composer Fernando Carulli in association with Lacôte. It has 5 stopped strings, and 5 open bass strings that are diatonically tuned. Although visually stunning, the design didn't catch on.

This instrument was recently returned to playing condition with the assistance of the luthier Fabio Bonardi. It is such a treat to hear it played by Gordon Ferries who performs a piece written by Carulli specifically for the decacorde.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5VWaJyetHs

Gordon Ferries plays the guitar decacorde, a 10 string guitar invented by Réne Lacôte. This guitar was made by Lacôte at his Paris workshop in 1826.https://c...

Although sometimes considered a 19th-century novelty, the glass flutes made by Claude Laurent were important innovations...
06/10/2021
Glass flute by Claude Laurent

Although sometimes considered a 19th-century novelty, the glass flutes made by Claude Laurent were important innovations in flute design. He invented the technology to produce glass flutes ‘capable of withstanding extremes of temperature and with superior keywork’ and his use of pillars to mount the keys (instead of blocks used in wooden and ivory flutes) are still used by #flute manufacterers today.

They also have a bright and clear (forgive the pun) sound!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD8Fk8X84uc

Learn more about MIMEd 0055 here https://collections.ed.ac.uk/stcecilias/record/99189

Tom Oakes plays excerpts from Johann Sebastian Bach's Bourée Anglaise on our glass flute by Claude Laurent from c. 1825 (MIMEd 0055). https://collections.ed...

Hear the Taskin 1769: 'The Most Famous Harpsichord in the World'This instrument played an invaluable role in the revival...
05/10/2021
Harpsichord

Hear the Taskin 1769: 'The Most Famous Harpsichord in the World'

This instrument played an invaluable role in the revival of interest in making and playing harpsichords. As far back as the 1880s, the Erard piano firm began to make copies of this harpsichord. Later, the instrument served as a model for countless modern harpsichord makers of the 20th century and there are now thousands of copies of the Taskins 1769, as it has come to be known. This legacy makes this instrument 'the most famous harpsichord in the world'.

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

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Listen to the majesty of the Taskin harpsichord, the 'most famous harpsichord in the world'. John Kitchen plays Jacques Duphly's "La Forqueray" on the double...

Need a pick-me-up on this Monday? Enjoy some celebratory music played on our #Norwegian hardingfele, the national instru...
04/10/2021
Hardingfele (Hardanger fiddle)

Need a pick-me-up on this Monday? Enjoy some celebratory music played on our #Norwegian hardingfele, the national instrument of Norway. The hardingfele is often decorated with beautiful inlays and delicate ink drawings and its unique sound comes from the simpathetic strings which run under the fingerboard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-ojV1GCeFg

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#norway #fiddle #folkmusic

Rose Logan plays the Hardingfele, the traditional folk instrument of Norway.Hardinfele (Hardanger fiddle) by Åsmund V Källår, Telemark, Norway, 1929. MIMEd 2...

This site went live today!https://open.ed.ac.uk/discover-st-cecilias-hall-and-musical-instrument-collection/
01/10/2021
Discover St Cecilia’s Hall and Musical Instrument Collection! – Open.Ed

This site went live today!

https://open.ed.ac.uk/discover-st-cecilias-hall-and-musical-instrument-collection/

Discover St Cecilia’s Hall and Musical Instrument Collection! Almost 50 new open licensed videos that celebrate the unique, world famous, historical St Cecilia’s Hall and Musical instrument collection. This series of videos were created by the Educational Design and Engagement team in collaborat...

Instruments are beautiful objects that help us to understand our history; they tell stories of technologies and musical ...
14/09/2021
Instrument Making

Instruments are beautiful objects that help us to understand our history; they tell stories of technologies and musical trends. Yet, behind every instrument there is a person – the instrument maker. Find out what is involved in the skilled art of instrument making.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fJ3_wqTqjc

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Instruments are beautiful objects that help us to understand our history; they tell stories of technologies and musical trends. Yet, behind every instrument ...

Are all the instruments on display at St Cecilia's Hall authentic? Well... yes and no. Learn about one ‘fake’ harpsichor...
02/09/2021
Frauds and Fakes

Are all the instruments on display at St Cecilia's Hall authentic? Well... yes and no. Learn about one ‘fake’ harpsichord on display and why an unscrupulous antiques dealer named Franciolini created it in our next 'Can't Stop the Music' video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGXeYTH3ZcI

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Are all the instruments on display at St Cecilia's Hall authentic? Well, yes and no. Learn about one ‘fake’ harpsichord on display and why an unscrupulous an...

We had a lovely meet up with our team of volunteers yesterday. It is hard to belive it has been 18 months since we all s...
01/09/2021

We had a lovely meet up with our team of volunteers yesterday. It is hard to belive it has been 18 months since we all saw each other in person. Our meeting was also a perfect time to (finally) present Dona Easton with the volunteering award she won in 2020! Congratulations Dona!

We had a lovely meet up with our team of volunteers yesterday. It is hard to belive it has been 18 months since we all saw each other in person. Our meeting was also a perfect time to (finally) present Dona Easton with the volunteering award she won in 2020! Congratulations Dona!

What can you learn from the materials used in an instruments construction? Join Dr Jonathan Santa Maria B as he explores...
31/08/2021
Materials

What can you learn from the materials used in an instruments construction? Join Dr Jonathan Santa Maria B as he explores the wide variety of materials used in musical instrument making and what connections we can make from these materials to the past and present.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo7llF76zJI

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Find out about the materials used to make musical instruments and what can we learn from them.

#DYK St C's was once a pub? From a concert hall to furniture store, place of worship to place of dancing: St Cecilia's H...
30/08/2021
St Cecilia's Through the Centuries

#DYK St C's was once a pub? From a concert hall to furniture store, place of worship to place of dancing: St Cecilia's Hall have lived many lives. Learn about our history in this 'Can't Stop the Music' video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ssuKWTRHwg&t=12s

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St Cecilia’s Hall has been used for a variety of purposes over the last 260 years. Learn about its history and the many people who have used and called our b...

We have a great soundtrack to your weekend. Enjoy the Copper Cats playing instruments from our 1920s jazz band in our ne...
28/08/2021
Can't Stop the Music: Copper Cats Concert

We have a great soundtrack to your weekend. Enjoy the Copper Cats playing instruments from our 1920s jazz band in our next 'Can't Stop the Music' concert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4plo1f7niQ0

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The Copper Cats Band provide a taste of 1920s inspired jazz played on period instruments from St Cecilia's Hall. The Copper Cats:Vocals: Ali AffleckTuba/Sou...

Today we are asking an important question in our 'Can't Stop the Music' video: where are the women?Find out about these ...
27/08/2021
Women Instrument Makers

Today we are asking an important question in our 'Can't Stop the Music' video: where are the women?

Find out about these often hidden instrument makers with Dr Jenny Nex.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq3bcmdBKAc

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You don’t often see women in histories of musical instrument making, but they were there. Find out about the instruments in our Collection that come from fir...

Happy #internationaldogday from our occasional office dog Betty! As you can see, being an occasional office dog is exhau...
26/08/2021

Happy #internationaldogday from our occasional office dog Betty! As you can see, being an occasional office dog is exhausting.

Happy #internationaldogday from our occasional office dog Betty! As you can see, being an occasional office dog is exhausting.

Today we are pondering people's penchant for playing  #piano. How did they get so popular? Find out with Learning and En...
26/08/2021
The Popular Piano

Today we are pondering people's penchant for playing #piano. How did they get so popular? Find out with Learning and Engagement Curator, Dr Sarah Deters, on our next 'Can't Stop the Music' video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW8dxvr4ph0

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How did the piano become the popular instrument we play today? Discover how Johannes Christoph Zumpe helped to change the fortune of the instrument through c...

Our next 'Can't Stop the Music' concert premieres today at 2pm! This concert features three instruments from India: the ...
25/08/2021
Can't Stop the Music: Raag Rang (The Colours of Melody) Concert

Our next 'Can't Stop the Music' concert premieres today at 2pm! This concert features three instruments from India: the sarangi, taus and tabla and was inspired by examples in our collection. Don't miss this amazing performance by Surjeet Singh Aulakh, Talking Tabla and Avtar Singh.

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

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This concert, inspired by three instruments on display at St Cecilia's Hall, features sarangi, tabla and taus.Left to right: Tabla: SodhiSarangi: Ustad Surje...

All this talk of the saxophone has sparked a particular song playing on repeat at St C's! Check out our video to learn h...
24/08/2021

All this talk of the saxophone has sparked a particular song playing on repeat at St C's!

Check out our video to learn how the #saxophone saxophone was invented in the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J70qKYDGllc

All this talk of the saxophone has sparked a particular song playing on repeat at St C's!

Check out our video to learn how the #saxophone saxophone was invented in the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J70qKYDGllc

The mayuri, also called the taus, is one of the most striking instruments in our collection. This peacock-shaped instrum...
24/08/2021
Can't Stop the Music: Raag Rang (The Colours of Melody) Concert

The mayuri, also called the taus, is one of the most striking instruments in our collection. This peacock-shaped instrument from India was part of the inspiration for our next 'Can't Stop the Music' concert which premieres tomorrow at 2pm.

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

This concert, inspired by three instruments on display at St Cecilia's Hall, features sarangi, tabla and taus.Left to right: Tabla: SodhiSarangi: Ustad Surje...

Ophicleide to #saxophone - it is all in the patent! Learn how a brass instrument transitioned into a woodwind in our Ori...
24/08/2021

Ophicleide to #saxophone - it is all in the patent! Learn how a brass instrument transitioned into a woodwind in our Origins of the Saxophone video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J70qKYDGllc

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From classical to jazz, rock to pop and everthing in between, the saxophone has become one of the most popular woodwind ...
24/08/2021
The Origins of the Saxophone

From classical to jazz, rock to pop and everthing in between, the saxophone has become one of the most popular woodwind instruments. Discover how it all got started with our next 'Can't Stop the Music' video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J70qKYDGllc

Discover how the saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in the 1840s.

See the 'Anaconda' in action in our Can't Stop the Music: Bonbons for Brass Concert today at 2pm! The concert features T...
21/08/2021

See the 'Anaconda' in action in our Can't Stop the Music: Bonbons for Brass Concert today at 2pm! The concert features The Wallace Collection Ensemble playing 19th-century brass instruments and repertoire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8f1XlCqbRk

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See the 'Anaconda' in action in our Can't Stop the Music: Bonbons for Brass Concert today at 2pm! The concert features The Wallace Collection Ensemble playing 19th-century brass instruments and repertoire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8f1XlCqbRk

#serpent #brassband #brassmusic University of Edinburgh Libraries and Museums Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh

The violin has been around for almost 500 years, yet seems to have changed very little – or has it? Explore some of the ...
20/08/2021
Has the Violin Changed?

The violin has been around for almost 500 years, yet seems to have changed very little – or has it? Explore some of the alternative violins that have been made and discover why they were created with curator, Dr Jenny Nex.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz57wKdaYN0

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The violin has been around for almost 500 years, yet seems to have changed very little – or has it? Explore some of the alternative violins that have been ma...

Did you know the #ukulele developed from a Portuguese instrument called the machete? Learn how European stringed instrum...
19/08/2021
The Ukulele and Jarana: European Guitars in disguise?

Did you know the #ukulele developed from a Portuguese instrument called the machete? Learn how European stringed instruments developed in the Americas and Hawaii with Dr Jonathan Santa Maria B. This Can't Stop the Music video premieres at 2pm today.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CYyMeacuVw

#UoECollections Edinburgh University Library

A short history of how European stringed instruments developed in the Americas and Hawaii.

#DYK that during the Edo period (1600-1868) the shakuhachi was exclusively played by komusō monks? The monks travelled t...
18/08/2021
Can't Stop the Music: Shakuhachi Concert

#DYK that during the Edo period (1600-1868) the shakuhachi was exclusively played by komusō monks? The monks travelled throughout Japan seeking alms and sometimes acted as spys for the shogunate.
Hear this flute in our next 'Can't Stop the Music' concert at 2pm.
University of Edinburgh Libraries and Museums

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

Markus Guhe performs on shakuhachi (MIMEd 5584 & 5585) from the Musical Instrument Collection.https://collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed/record/18465...https://colle...

Our friends at People Know How are finalists in the Scottish Charity Awards! We worked with PKH this summer to run works...
18/08/2021

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Share the link and vote for us today at: https://scvo.scot/scottish-charity-awards/finalists-2021/digital-citizens/people-know-how

Discover how the trumpet and other brass instruments  developed over the centuries. What were the forces that drove this...
17/08/2021
Brass Instruments: Development Over Time

Discover how the trumpet and other brass instruments developed over the centuries. What were the forces that drove this development and how did this all lead to the instrument we play today? Join Dr Sarah Deters as she explores how the trumpet developed over time in our next 'Can't Stop the Music' video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBRe6ADOHqM

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Discover how the trumpet and other brass instruments have developed over the centuries. What were the forces that drove this development and how did this all...

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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
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Homage to the sixth Earl of Kelly, composer, player, and luminary of St Cecilia's Hall at its beginning.