This weekend the calamitous, incredible cacophony of laughter, drama and music comes to a what promises to be a truly spectacular end – August, and the festivals, will be over for 2014. It’s been an incredible month that has seen Edinburgh Editor do and see everything from volunteering at the Commonwealth Games, starting a new job, seeing lots of comedy, go to a food festival, see a new dramatic new play and, this week, one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Oh, and this website has increased its following massively. It’s been quite the month. This week’s Friday Photo both takes in one of the EIF’s best venues and shows of a true treasure of Edinburgh – The Usher Hall.
Best known as Edinburgh’s concert hall, the Usher Hall is a 2,200 seater auditorium in the very heart of the city centre, set slightly back from Lothian Road. Not long reopened from a full reiteration, the Usher Hall is the city’s premier home of classic and contemporary music and one of the focal points of the Edinburgh International Festival, as it was when this photo was taken.
Opened after much delay (it seems that some things in this city never change), the hall staged its first concert in 1914 – a century ago – and has been holding musical performances of virtually every genre ever since. In the time it has been open (and especially throughout the festival season) the Usher Hall has hosted virtually every major orchestra in the world, including the Vienna Philharmonic and, this year, both the Prague Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Usher Hall also hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 when the previous winners, Monaco, failed to find a suitable venue. The hall has also hosted everything from Freedom of the City ceremonies to being the host venue for the boxing during the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
It’s quite the building and very worthy of a Friday Photo spot. We’re off on a very exciting tour tomorrow – follow Edinburgh Editor on Twitter for more details – but whatever you are up to this weekend we hope you have fun and enjoy the fireworks on Sunday night.