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Work begins on Edinburgh concert hall – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

February 06, 2023

Demolition work began today on the site that will house the city’s new Dunard Centre.

The hall will be designed by David Chipperfield Architects and Nagata Acoustics

IMPACT Scotland Co-Chair Gavin Reid said: ‘The Dunard Centre will open up this unbeatable city centre site to the public for the first
time in 250 years. What better way to prepare for the new than by playing out the old building with Ae Fond Kiss: a song both about partings but also a blessing for what’s to come. Live music on day one is the perfect start to this extraordinary project: it’s
exhilarating to be here and getting on with the job.’

Su-a Lee, Assistant Principal Cello at Scottish Chamber Orchestra and member of McFall’s Chamber said: ‘Performing in a brilliantly created acoustic is a wonderful experience for a musician. When every note is so clearly articulated across the whole orchestra, it allows us to respond to each other in the moment. It also allows us to respond to the audience and to the building itself, which pushes the boundaries of colour and dynamic. It makes the experience very exciting for both performer and listener. When Dunard Centre opens, it will give musicians a very special place to perform music of all genres. As a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, I know that we are all looking forward to getting to know this new space and bringing together some amazing performances for our audiences.’

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