Usher Hall

Usher Hall
Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EA
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Usher Hall

A landmark in the heart of Scotland's capital, the Usher Hall is one of the most outstanding concert halls in the world, well-loved by performers for its fantastic acoustics and boasting a grand organ still used for special recitals, as well as three Steinway grand pianos. The 2200-capacity venue officially re-opened in 2010 after an extensive refurbishment, with a new box office, café/bar and function spaces overlooking existing Edwardian architecture. The hall embraces a wide range of music and events, including rock, pop, jazz, world, blues, comedy, talks, school concerts, conferences, sponsorship events, ceremonies, lectures and recording sessions. Not least as one of the major venues in the Edinburgh International Festival, it has staged concerts with some of the biggest names in 20th Century music, from Ella Fitzgerald to Oscar Peterson, Gustav Holst to Kiri te Kanawa, The Rolling Stones to Beck. Despite this history of quality on a global scale, the hall remains loyal to the local community, showcasing young unsigned acts and family events throughout the year. The venue celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.

The Usher Hall is approximately 15 minutes walk from either Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket stations; while buses 1, 10, 11, 15, 16, 24, 34 and 47 all stop outside the venue. There is an NCP carpark located nearby on Castle Terrace plus disabled parking available on Grindlay Street and Cambridge Street.

The Usher Hall is one of the most outstanding concert halls in the world. It is Edinburgh’s key venue for visiting national and international orchestras and has been the main venue for the Edinburgh International Festival since 1947. The beautiful Beaux Arts building was completed in 1914 and remains one of Edinburgh 's architectural gems. The much praised acoustics make it one of the best concert halls in Europe with many of the world's finest musicians performing here. Today the Usher Hall is a centre of excellence embracing the widest range of music and events, including rock, pop, jazz, world, blues, comedy, talks, school concerts, conferences, sponsorship events, ceremonies, lectures and recording sessions

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Amadou & Mariam + Blind Boys of Alabama

American gospel voyages back to its African roots in this compelling collaboration between two of today’s greatest world music groups. Malian duo Amadou & Mariam have been producing hits since the 1980s, spanning genres from Afro-pop to global dance. Playing with international stars including Damon Albarn, Scissor…

Wed 7 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Angela Hewitt 1

Remarkable Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt has received global acclaim in a broad range of music – from Mozart and Beethoven through to Liszt, Debussy and Messiaen. Delicacy and transparency combine thrillingly with power and vigour. Her recitals sing and dance, dazzling with their dexterity, yet captivating with their…

Mon 12 Aug

£12 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Angela Hewitt 2

Remarkable Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt is revered above all for her performances of Bach, digging deep into his gloriously complex works with spontaneity and dance-like grace. Her extensive recordings of his keyboard works are held up as benchmarks for their profound insights and disarming sincerity. She has twice…

Wed 14 Aug

£12 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Sir James MacMillan A Scotch Bestiary Woman of the Apocalypse Not only one of the world’s most revered and exceptional composers, Sir James MacMillan is also an immensely popular global figure, creator of music that brings together a thrilling visceral impact, spiritual contemplation and a startling immediacy. The…

Sat 17 Aug

£10 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 Mahler Symphony No 4 From a dance with the devil to a child’s awestruck view of heaven – Mahler’s Fourth is his shortest, sunniest symphony. But despite its rustic charm and its joyful evocations, its surface sheen conceals turbulent inner dramas, which pack a mighty emotional…

Tue 13 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Elgar's The Kingdom

With a remarkable Siegfried *in 2018 and an equally astonishing *La damnation de Faust the previous year, Manchester’s Hallé and its Music Director Sir Mark Elder are a much-admired International Festival partnership. They return with one of Elgar’s greatest, and most neglected, achievements: The Kingdom. Exploring…

Sun 18 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Götterdämmerung

Following their spectacular Die Walküre in 2017, Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra reunite with a sensational international cast of soloists for the overwhelming power of Wagner’s greatest achievement. Human greed rules the world and the deceitful Hagen hatches a vengeful plot to exploit the…

Sun 25 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

London Symphony Orchestra

John Adams Harmonielehre Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 One of the world’s most electrifying musical partnerships, Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra return following two exceptional performances at the International Festival 2018 with a pair of deeply stirring, richly coloured works. Rachmaninov’s…

Wed 21 Aug

£12.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Los Angeles Philharmonic 1

The exceptional players of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, in the second of their special three-concert residency at International Festival 2019, launch the 2019 Usher Hall concerts with one of the grandest and most gripping of symphonies. The Resurrection collides hair-raising terror with…

Sat 3 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Los Angeles Philharmonic 2

*Barber * Adagio John Adams Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (European Premiere) *Tchaikovsky * Symphony No 4 The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel bring us right up to date for the electrifying conclusion to their very special International Festival residency. The diabolical centrepiece of their…

Sun 4 Aug

£12.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Manon Lescaut

Love, conflict, greed and desire. *Manon Lescaut *was Puccini’s breakthrough hit opera, and its exquisitely tender melodies and churning, surging emotions remain potent today. Much loved by International Festival audiences, powerhouse Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles has been Music Director of Deutsche Oper Berlin…

Thu 22 Aug

£16 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Marcel Khalife & Rami Khalife

Dubbed the Bob Dylan of the Arabic world, legendary singer, composer, oud player and folk hero Marcel Khalife is a musical freedom fighter, a global ambassador for his Lebanese heritage and a pioneering innovator of Arabic musical traditions. From protest songs and political ballads to bewitching improvisations of an…

Sun 11 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Berlioz Les nuits d’été Prokofiev Symphony No 5 Flamboyant, captivating, constantly surprising: Kansas-born mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is one of today’s classical music giants, with a personality as vibrant and joyful as her breathtaking voice. She joins the Carnegie Hall-based National Youth Orchestra of the…

Fri 9 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Orchestre de Paris 1

*Berlioz * Harold in Italy Beethoven Symphony No 6 Intellectual rigour and shattering passion: British conductor Daniel Harding is a remarkable force in European music. A regular International Festival visitor, he has been Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris – arguably France’s flagship orchestra – since 2016.

Fri 23 Aug

£12.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Orchestre de Paris 2

A passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man, Britten’s War Requiem is a profoundly moving plea for peace, contrasting shattering anti-war poetry by Wilfred Owen with the timeless ritual of the Latin mass for the dead. It’s also an unforgettable musical experience, overwhelmingly powerful in its roof-raising…

Sat 24 Aug

£16 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Orfeo ed Euridice

With his velvety, exquisitely expressive voice and his penetrating sense of drama, world-renowned British countertenor Iestyn Davies is at the height of his powers. He’s equally at home in the concert hall, the opera house or the theatre — he recently sang the title role in Farinelli and the King, with Mark Rylance, in…

Thu 15 Aug

£16 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Peer Gynt & Glorious Percussion

Sofia Gubaidulina Glorious Percussion *Grieg * Peer Gynt (selections) Gripping drama, high adventure, quirky Nordic enchantment: Grieg’s exuberant music for Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt charts the dreams, voyages and mischief of the Norwegian scoundrel. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under conductor Thomas Dausgaard…

Thu 8 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

*James MacMillan * Quickening *Strauss * Ein Heldenleben Birth, life, struggles and triumphs: two immensely powerful reflections on our existence, performed by a celebrated International Festival music partnership. Sir James MacMillan’s epic cantata examines the drama and joy of birth and new life, blending…

Sat 10 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is recognised as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world and tours extensively in Scotland as well as internationally.

Sat 17 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Dvořák Cello Concerto Shostakovich Symphony No 5 The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is China’s premier classical ensemble – and an orchestra of global stature. Now in its 140th anniversary year, it has toured the world extensively, praised universally for its immense energy, colour and focus. The Orchestra’s Music…

Mon 19 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

West Side Story

A timeless love story; an electrifying spectacle. New York City, 1950s. Jets versus Sharks. Two rival gangs fight for control of the Upper West Side. Against the backdrop of violence, two teenagers fall in love. Loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story became a cultural phenomenon. Leonard Bernstein’s score was…

Mon 5 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Tue 6 Aug

£20 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Reviews & features

Usher Hall announces Sunday Classics season for 2018–19

30 May 2018

International orchestras and soloists line up to play at the historic venue

The Usher Hall's upcoming Sunday Classics season has been announced, in which world-class orchestras and soloists perform in Edinburgh's iconic concert hall. This year's season includes orchestras from Russia, Japan and India, and soloists from Canada…

Perfect pitch - Classical venue guide

15 Sep 2008

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