What’s On

Visiting our museum

Opening Hours:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10:00 – 16:30
Wednesday – 10:00 – 16:30
Thursday – 10:00 – 16:30
Friday – 10:00 – 16:30
Saturday – 10:00 – 16:30
Sunday – Closed

Weekly Tours

February Tour Dates

Friday 23rd February 2024 | 2pm | FREE | Tickets available via Eventbrite

Join Dona for a tour of the keyboard galleries and learn all about our early keyboard collections.

Saturday 24th February 2024 | 2pm | FREE | Tickets available via Eventbrite

Join Jim for a tour of the Wolfson Gallery and learn about how instruments make the sounds that they do.

March Tour Dates

Wednesday 6th March 2024 | 14:00 | FREE | Tickets via Eventbrite

Join David for a tour of the keyboard galleries and learn all about the journey from harpsichord to piano!

Thursday 14th March 2024 | 14:00 | FREE | Tickets via Eventbrite

Join Claire for a tour of some of our early keyboard instruments and learn all about some of our oldest keyed instruments!

Friday 22nd March 2024 | 14:00 | FREE | Tickets via Eventbrite

Join Dona for a tour of our keyboard galleries and learn all about our early keyboard collections!

Saturday 30th March 2024 | 14:00 | FREE | Tickets via Eventbrite

Join Jim on a tour of the Laigh Hall and learn about how playing music as a group works!

Concerts at St Cecilia’s Hall

Harpsichord en fête 2024

“Harpsichord en fête”: Concert with Conor Gricmanis and Paul Kowal | 29th February 2024 | 13:00 | £12 / 15 | Tickets available here

During their Chamber Music Concert entitled ‘’Ecstatic and Melancholic’’, Conor Gricmanis (violin) and Paul Kowal (Harpsichord) will perform compositions by Nicola Matteis, Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre, Isabella Leonarda and Dario Castello.

“Harpsichord en fête”: Concert with John Kitchen | 1st March 2024 | 13:00 | £12 / 15 | Tickets available here

John Kitchen is a harpsichordist, organist, pianist, continuo player, accompanist, lecturer, writer, reviewer, adjudicator and recording artist. He was a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh for many years, and is still University Organist. He is also Director of Music at Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Edinburgh City Organist with performing and curatorial duties at the Usher Hall. He is President of the incorporated Association of Organists and has organised their Festival which is taking place in Edinburgh in July.

“Harpsichord en fête”: Concert with Diego Ares | 1st March 2024 | 18:30 | £16 / 20 | Tickets available here

Award-winning Diego Ares studied piano with Aleksandras Jurgelionis and Aldona Dvarionaitė. Since his introduction to harpsichord at the age of fourteen by Pilar Cancio, he worked with Richard Egarr, Carmen Schibli and Genoveva Gálvez. Between 2004 and 2010 he studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Diego performed internationally in Europe, Canada, and Japan and recorded for Columna Música, Pan Classics, and Harmonia Mundi.

Diego currently teaches harpsichord at Geneva’s Conservatoire de Musique. For his concert, Diego will be performing Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) from his most recent recording, which has been considered by several publications a substantial contribution to the work’s large discography.

“Harpsichord en fête”: Concert with Jan Waterfield and László Rózsa | 2nd March 2024 | 13:00 | £12 / 15 | Tickets available here

László Rózsa (Recorder) and Jan Waterfield (Harpsichord) will be presenting “Looking at the smaller picture : Diminutions and variations from late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Italy”.

This programme explores the beauty of Diminution; a popular concept in the 16th & 17th centuries.

Musicians would take a popular song or chord progression & thoroughly investigate its possibilities; a bit like taking each note & putting it under a musical microscope. ’Diminution’ therefore expands the musical landscape, rather than diminishing it. These creations could be written out, or improvised, or a mixture of both.

The Wallace Collection Concerts

Beyond Beethoven: The Wallace Collection St Cecilia’s Hall 2024 Illustrated Concert Series | 3 March 2024 | Pay What You Can | 15:15 | Tickets

The Wallace Collection present an illustrated concert where they will perform music by Beethoven, Auguste Mimart and James Reese Europe, talk about their instruments, and the world of innovation in which these works first saw the light of day.

Quiet Concerts: Season 2

Back by popular demand, join us for the second season of our Quiet Concerts.

I stilla vatten – In Still Waters: Nordic Music with Toby Hawks and Madeleine Sjöstrand | 23 March 2024 | FREE | 15:00 | Tickets via Eventbrite

Lost Treasures: Forgotten Masterpieces for 19th-Century Guitar with Jamie Akers | 27 April 2024 | FREE | 15:00 | Tickets via Eventbrite

‘It is here that you will find your heart’s soundboard’ (Schubart, 1786); John Kitchen plays clavichords from the Musical Instrument Collection | 25 May 2024 | FREE | 15:00 | Tickets via Eventbrite

St Cecilia’s Hall’s Informal Talk Series 2024

St Cecilia’s Hall by Page Park Architects. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2017.

February 22nd | Instruments of War: WW2’s Impact on the Musical Instrument Industry | 18:00-19:00 | Tickets: Pay What You Can | Tickets Available Via Eventbrite

Join our curator for a discussion of how the chaos of the Second World War affected Britain’s instrument industry.

May 1st | Instrument Conservation | 18:00-19:00 | Tickets: Pay What You Can | Bookings will open on Eventbrite on April 1st

Join us for a talk by our conservator to learn about why, what, and how we conserve musical instruments.

August 22nd | Concert Couture: Dressing for Concerts in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain | 18:00-19:00 | Tickets: Pay What You Can | Bookings will open on Eventbrite on June 1st

Want to learn about Georgian fashion? Join us for an informal talk by the National Museum’s brilliant Dr Emily Taylor.

November | The details for our November talk are currently in the works so watch this space!

International Women’s Day Celebrations

Tours: Hidden Women of St Cecilia’s Hall, Tours with Dr Jenny Nex | 5th March & 9th March | 14:00-15:00 | Pay What You Can | Ticket available via Eventbrite

Join Dr Jenny Nex for a tour of St Cecilia’s Hall and learn about the hidden women behind some of the instruments in our collection!

Talk: How the Corri Women Changed Music in Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh | 7th March | 18:00-19:00 | Free/£5/£6 | Tickets available via Eventbrite

Join Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland and learn how the often-forgotten women of the Corri family changed music in eighteenth-century Edinburgh.

Concert: A Celebration of Women in Music | 8th March | 19:00-21:00 | Free/£6/£10 | Tickets available via Eventbrite

Join us this International Women’s Day for an evening of music featuring performances by Maimouna Ly, Mally Smith, and Hilary Michael.

Museum Socials

Our Social Programme creates a friendly environment where everyone is welcome and all contributions are valued. Sessions start with tea and cake, and feature a range of activities inspired by our collections, building confidence, inspiring creativity and having fun. They are suitable for those who might be regular visitors, those who have always loved visiting, as well as those who have never come to our museum before. Sessions run from 10:30-12:00.

Family Programme

One of the St Cecilia's Team explaining how a Harpsichord works on one of our school tours

Families and children of all ages are always welcome at St Cecilia’s Hall. Come and have fun together while learning about the history of musical instruments.

Our children’s tour can help introduce the instruments to young children while our hands-on interactive ‘discover drawers’ allow visitors both young and old the opportunity to uncover how instruments work.

Children can explore the museum with our Discovery Trail – ask for it at the front desk when you arrive!.

We run a wide range of practical, hands-on workshops, led by musical instrument specialists throughout the year. Look at the Upcoming Events section below to see when the next activity is taking place or contact SCHevents@ed.ac.uk for more information.

In addition, tours or other activities can be arranged to cater for special interests and a varied needs. Please contact SCHgroupvisits@ed.ac.uk for more information.

Venue Hire

St Cecilia’s Hall, located off the iconic Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town provides contemporary facilities and comfort, within the stunning 1763 heritage building, uniquely home to a world class collection of musical instruments.

We welcome bookings for events that support the museum’s core purpose as a concert hall for live music, and museum of music and musical instruments.

We have two separate spaces available for hire to suit a range of events / activities and budgets:

The Sypert Concert Room  (first floor) – max capacity 180 (this number includes all staffing/performers/speakers etc).

The Laigh Hall*  (ground floor) –  for receptions/refreshments max capacity 80.

St Cecilia’s Hall opening event for CRC Staff, 18th May 2017.

Note that the Laigh Hall itself is divided in 2 by a glass wall creating 2 spaces, both these spaces comprise the Laigh Hall.

Please note absolutely no catering is permitted in the Sypert Concert Room however refreshments can be served in the ground floor Laigh Hall and Historic Foyer. Catering must be arranged separately by the client as St Cecilia’s does not provide this service.

If you would like to enquire about venue hire at St. Cecilia’s full details and prices are available here or email us for more details: SCHEvents@ed.ac.uk