Thanks to a generous donation from one of our members, Professor John Dale, we've purchased a Mobilift CX wheelchair lift making our stage one of the most accessible of any arts venue in Scotland.
The installation coincides perfectly with Drake Music Scotland’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations, Centre Stage, and the launch of their #LetMeONStage campaign which fights for equal access to stages for all performers.
Pictured (left to right):
David Heavenor, Development Manager, The Queen's Hall
Thursa Sanderson, Chief Executive, Drake Music Scotland and Patron, The Queen's Hall
Neil Patterson, Drake Music Scotland musician and #LetMeONStage Campaign Ambassador
Evan Henderson, Chief Executive, The Queen's Hall
(Thursa Sanderson, Chief Executive of Drake Music Scotland)
“We need to see more disabled musicians performing and hear their great music. That’s why it’s so important for stage and backstage access to be considered as well as access for audiences. We’re delighted at the forward thinking attitude of this great Edinburgh live music venue!”
Our collaboration with Drake Music Scotland goes back to their founding in 1997, with a 10th anniversary celebration in 2007 and inclusion in the Resonate series of schools’ concerts in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.
(Nigel Griffiths, Chair of The Queen's Hall Board)
“We are delighted to have been able to purchase this lift thanks to valuable support from one of The Queen’s Hall’s Members. We are already one of Edinburgh’s most accessible venues for audience members and this gives equal access to our stage for all performers. The added benefit of the Mobilift’s design is that we can easily hire it out to other venues with access issues, supporting Drake’s #LetMeONStage campaign in the process.”
The Mobilift CX is operated manually so is extremely portable and easy to operate. Users enter and exit the lift via a ramp which can be raised to a height 1.52m. The Queen’s Hall will be making it available to other venues in Scotland for a modest hire fee and transport costs.
Organisations interested in hiring the Mobilift from The Queen’s Hall should contact Iain McQueen, Head of Operations: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor John Dale, Mobilift funder
"I am delighted to have helped in the provision of the Lift. I hope that it will be a valuable resource for The Queen's Hall as it encourages full access to the stage for everyone - and I mean everyone."