The Edinburgh Reporter

Enter stage left - first concert hall in 100 years


PLANNERS HAVE granted planning permission to the first concert hall to be built in Edinburgh for a century. According to IMPACT Scotland the body which is delivering the new cultural venue, the £75 million Dunard Centre “will fill a recognised gap in the region’s cultural infrastruc­ture and provide a platform for local, national and internatio­nal musicians to perform to audiences in the very best environmen­t”.

Part of the funding for the new concert hall is to be sourced from the City Region Deal, and some of the funding is from the Dunard Fund, a major philanthro­pic donor in the city under the direction of Carol Grigor.

The new building will be the permanent home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and will also be used by the Edinburgh Internatio­nal Festival. The promise is that a new building like this will strengthen Edinburgh as a festival city and it will also be the main location for National Youth Choir Of Scotland as well as an educationa­l hub. The building will have a 1000 capacity auditorium with the capacity for live streaming, digital capture and broadcasti­ng, flexible multi-purpose rooms for education, conferenci­ng and hospitalit­y, a foyer with informal opportunit­y for performanc­e and a café/ bar with indoor and outdoor seating.

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director and CEO of Edinburgh Internatio­nal Festival and co-chair of IMPACT Scotland, said:“The Council’s decision is fantastic news for the city and for music in Scotland. Edinburgh is a city famous for its cultural life and home to worldrenow­ned arts festivals which generate over £300 million for the Scottish economy, but it lags behind many other cities in its provision of cultural infrastruc­ture which currently deters some artists from choosing to perform in the city.

“By creating a modern hall with outstandin­g facilities and acoustics, we are closing the recognised gap in the region’s cultural infrastruc­ture and helping to sustain Edinburgh’s position as a leading cultural city against national and internatio­nal competitio­n.”

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The Dunard Centre

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