Welcome to the Friends' website
The Friends work to :
Our main fundraising effort is our series of concerts for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In addition, we sell books connected with the collection, plus technical drawings, data-sheets and photographs of instruments in the Collection.
Please note that currently a major programme of restoration and redevelopment on the building is taking place, so that neither concerts in the Hall nor access to the Museum will be possible until May/June 2017. However in the meantime other Friends' activities continue.
Use below button to find out more about the restoration project and see latest photos/video of new entrance 'parrot panels' being installed.
St Cecilia's Hall
Nestled within the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, and forming part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, lies one of the city’s unique treasures, St. Cecilia’s Hall and its Museum of Musical Instruments, part of the University of Edinburgh.
Originally built in 1763 and named after the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia’s Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland, and the second oldest in the British Isles. At the heart of this Georgian building is its concert room, surrounded by three galleries which house one of the world's most important collections of historic musical instruments, many of which are still playable in a concert setting. Yet time, architectural intervention and urban development have hidden away this exceptional Georgian treasure and the rare collections it contains.
St Cecilia's Hall was acquired by Edinburgh University in 1959 and was subsequently developed to house a collection of keyboard instruments belonging to the late Raymond Russell and to establish a base for a department of early keyboard study in the faculty of Music (now part of the Reid School of Music in the Edinburgh College of Art). A further early keyboard collection, the gift of Rodger Mirrey, was added in 2005. Together, these two collections illustrate the history of keyboard instruments from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries
The hall is used for concerts organised by the Friends, the University, and outside organisations.
The Friends of St Cecilia's Hall are members of the British Association of Friends of Museums, an organisation which provides support and encouragement for Friends groups.
Background music sampler.
From - Rodger Mirrey Collection
Fantasia in C (Hob. XVII/4) &
John Kitchen MBE - Delphian recording.
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Sample photos shown below from the museum collection.
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Use below link to see full collection