• The Royal Scottish National Orchestra will engage a new generation of classical music lovers in their Children’s Classic Concerts
• Midlothian’s young musical talent will be in full display in the Midlothian School’s Festival of Music
• Carol concerts bring young and old together in the festive spirit!
• Tickets on sale now at www.usherhall.co.uk

Edinburgh’s premier concert venue, the stunning Usher Hall, hosts an eclectic mix of shows that both children and adults will adore this Autumn.

No strangers to the Usher Hall, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) will bring the joy of classical music to a new and young audience in its Children’s Classic Concert series. On 28 October the orchestra will take audiences on a hair-raising flying adventure in Broomstick Ride. Featuring a very special performance of ‘We Can Fly’ written by Oliver Cox, performed by young pupils with additional support needs from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Second of the Children’s Classics is a magical retelling of A Christmas Carol on 9 December. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so on that note we need your help in saving Scrooge from his surly ways – can we convince him of the joy and wonder of the festive period? Find out as the RSNO perform plenty of beloved Christmas classics! Featuring some sweet singalongs (no bah humbugs allowed!) and actors from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, this will be a celebration of Christmas past, present and future.

We’re walking in the air…It isn’t Christmas until The Snowman has taken you on his magical journey through the winter sky. Enjoy this special showing of the festive classic on the large screen on 21 December, accompanied live by the RSNO and narrated by our guest presenter Jamie MacDougall. Perfect for the whole family, join us for our Christmas party filled with seasonal favourites, carols old and new – and, of course, a chance for everyone to sing along!

On 7 November the Hall welcomes Midlothian Schools’ Festival of Music. It’s set to be an evening of wonderful music ranging from classical to traditional to contemporary and featuring 10 ensembles including string and symphony orchestras, wind bands, rock band, Big Band, clarsach, percussion and guitar ensembles and choir, plus a breath-taking finale!  Over 400 of Midlothian’s most talented music pupils, with the support of a dedicated group of music instructors and teachers, offer you a fantastic evening of entertainment – you will not be disappointed!

A pair of special carol concerts are set to get families in to the festive spirit. Join the choirs of the Lothian Hospitals and their friends in the 43rd year of their supporting children with cancer in and around the Lothians at CLIC Sargent Lothian Hospitals Choir Carol Concert. Hear some new carols, new arrangements of older carols and of course join in singing some well-known classics too.  The choir will be joined by Wardie Primary School and conducted by Libby Crabtree, with accompanists Thistle Brass, John Kitchen at the organ, and Jamie Lang at the piano.

The second, Carols By Candlelight on 19 December, will be a sublime concert of carols and seasonal classics, staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting. There’s no better way to get the Christmas season into full swing.