After captivating audiences here in 2019, Scottish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper makes a very welcome return to The Queen’s Hall for a special concert to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of our building.
Premiering a new piece he has written for the occasion, Cooper will also perform highlights from his back catalogue which include ‘Folded Landscapes’ (recorded with the Scottish Ensemble) and his critically-acclaimed Orkney trilogy: ‘Solan Goose’, Sule Skerry’, and ‘Hether Blether’, inspired by his childhood home with themes of nature, people, place and time.
His work combines field recordings with traditional orchestration and contemporary electronic elements. Through music, words and cinematography he explores landscape, memory and identity and his live performances are truly transportive.
He develops his themes further by partnering with other artists, writers and poets, some of whom will be on stage with him throughout the second part of the evening.
The Queen’s Hall started off life as Hope Park Chapel in 1823 and continued as a place of worship until 1976. In July 1979 we were officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II as a performance and rehearsal space for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Baroque Ensemble (now the Scottish Ensemble) and the Scottish Philharmonic Singers.
To this day, we remain a live music venue like no other in Edinburgh - a fan favourite and the place artists love to play, with musicians including Nina Simone, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Nick Cave, Adele, Coldplay, David Byrne, John Martyn, Sparks, Nigel Kennedy, Jack Bruce, Lewis Capaldi, Robert Plant and many, many more having graced our stage.
Join us and Erland Cooper to celebrate our history, look towards our future and bask in the music of one of today’s most inventive and emotive composers.
“...speaks to a universal emotional truth...”