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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Events at this venue

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Elgar's The Kingdom

After a remarkable Siegfried in 2018 and an equally astonishing La damnation de Faust the previous year, Manchester’s Hallé is an orchestra of extraordinary power. They return with one of Elgar’s greatest, and most neglected, achievements: The Kingdom. Exploring the lives of the twelve disciples during the Church’s…

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 & Canada at Edinburgh Festivals.

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.

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.

Orchestre de Paris 1

Beethoven Symphony No 6 Berlioz Harold in Italy 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. As he…

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.

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.

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

*Qigang * Wu Xing 'The Five Elements' 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…

Mon 19 Aug

£15 / 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

For those looking for something a little more civilised, Edinburgh and Glasgow have a host of classical venues on offer.

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