One of Scotland’s finest venues, Usher Hall is nestled in the country’s West End district. The concert hall is an attractive venue in all manners, beautifully decorated and enriched with a fantastic lineup of artists and events. Its state-of-the-art acoustics allure orchestras from around the world, providing an atmospheric experience to captivated audiences.
The hall was instigated in 1896, by founder and local whisky-brewer, Andrew Usher. He was passionate about the idea of a concert hall drawing performers to Edinburgh; a city that was otherwise lacking in musical entertainment, and wanted to revive the desire to hear good music. Usher donated £100,000 to the capital city, and his dream was realised in the form of Usher Hall.
Officially opening in 1914 by Usher’s widow, three classical concerts marked the occasion. Since then, the hall has become a popular venue, recognised as one of the best for live music in Europe. Its musical bill spreads across different genres, reaching from classical to jazz, pop, folk, rock, indie, blues and more. It also hosts many diverse events, such as stand up comedy shows, talks and conferences, ceremonies and festivals, such as the Edinburgh International Festival.
Usher Hall is a stunning example of Edwardian theatrical architecture. It was listed as a Grade A building due to its historical heritage, however was refurbished with a modern, geometrical twist that surprisingly worked well with its older features. The relationship between old and new was carefully planned and ensured a harmonic and spectacular composition to continue celebrating the world of music.