MSP welcomes imminent reopening of St Cecilia’s Hall and Music Museum.

Miles Briggs, Lothian Tory MSP, is welcoming the news that the University of Edinburgh’s St Cecilia’s Hall will reopen next month following a £6.5 million redevelopment. The Hall will house the University’s extensive musical instrument collection and will be reopening as a music museum, now on a 5 day per week basis. Media are being allowed into the Hall tomorrow for a preview of the transformation of the historic 18th century building. Miles has tabled a motion commending all involved in the project.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ I am delighted that St Cecilia’s Hall will reopen next month following a significant investment which has secured the future of this important 18th century building which was the first purpose-built concert venue anywhere in Scotland.

“ I am confident that it will become a very popular attraction and will bring in many extra visitors to the city. This redevelopment is a significant boost to Edinburgh’s world-class museums sector and I commend all involved in this successful project.”


* Please see below Miles’ motion as tabled today.

Motion Number: S5M-05356 Lodged By: Miles Briggs Date Lodged: 26/04/2017

Title: Redevelopment of Edinburgh’s St Cecilia’s Hall

Motion Text: That the Parliament welcomes the news that the University of Edinburgh’s St Cecilia's Hall, which is located in the city’s Cowgate, will reopen next month after a two year, £6.5 million redevelopment supported by philanthropy and funding from the National Lottery and Edinburgh World Heritage; is aware that St Cecilia’s Hall is the oldest purpose-built concert venue in Scotland; is further aware that this historic 18th century building has been sympathetically restored with its concert room and museum transformed and enhanced and that the refurbished hall will be home to the university’s world-class collection of musical instruments; notes that other new facilities within the redevelopment include the Binks Gallery, which will chart the history of the keyboard, and the 1812 Gallery, which will highlight the visual appeal of harpsichords, as well as an in-house conservation studio supported by the Dunard Fund and a teaching lab supported by the Friends of St Cecilia’s Hall; is aware that the museum will open its doors in May 2017 and will be open five days a week for the first time; commends all involved in the redevelopment process for what it considers their outstanding efforts; believes that the refurbished St Cecilia’s Hall will be a very welcome and valuable additional asset in Edinburgh’s vibrant and important museums sector, and wishes everyone involved with it success in the years ahead.

Miles Briggs