St Cecilia’s Hall

A fascinating new music museum and concert hall has opened to the public, owned by the University of Edinburgh. St Cecelia’s Hall has an impressive collection of musical instruments, including bagpipes, fiddles, flutes and harpsichords. I went along for a look. The glass cases that many of the instruments are in are quite reflective, especially with the LED lighting, which made photographs a little tricky, but it also lent itself quite well to an arty shot in the corner of the room that specifically utilised the reflections.

The rooms of pianos, harpsichords and virginals are fascinating. These instruments were often highly decorated, so I took quite a few photographs of the paintings and carvings on the wooden cases.

It’s a peaceful place in the centre of the Old Town, definitely somewhere interesting to pop into if you need a break from bustling Festival crowds!

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The building is a fascinating design. This window looks through into the corridor, which has back-lit wall hangings of close-up photographs of pieces in the collection. An interesting challenge to photograph.

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Fascinating instruments, but the glass is so difficult to photograph through!

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A behemoth of an instrument called The Anaconda – the only one of its kind.

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Long view of one of the display rooms.

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Highly reflective glass cases have at least one artistic purpose 🙂

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The oval concert room. Fancy chairs facing the pipe organ.

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Oval sky light in the oval room. I lay on my back on the floor to take a few shots. I like this one, with the seagull flying overhead.

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While I was on the floor anyway I took a shot of the organ through the chair legs.

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This shot of the glass dome was taken from one of the tiered seats round the curved walls of the room. It was tricky to balance to show the buildings outside and still some of the interior detail.

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The concert room from the door.

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One of the paintings on one of the virginals.

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This harpsichord was carved so intricately it now can’t be tuned as the case is too weak. Pretty though! This photograph made me notice the chandelier reflections (big mirrors at each end of the room).

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Selfie!

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Another highly decorated virginal.

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This harpsichord is the most copied (and therefore the most famous) harpsichord in the world.

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An arty shot of the shadows cast by the decorative film on the glass partitions.

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