• Singalong to some of your favourite songs with outstanding choirs
• Learn about the animation and music behind family-favourites Wallace and Gromit
• Experience family cinema classic Back to the Future on the big screen with a live orchestra
• Tickets on sale now at www.usherhall.co.uk
A summer season full of variety and excitement awaits families at Edinburgh’s favourite venue.
Continuing its ongoing support of local schools, the Usher Hall welcomes back the George Heriot’s Junior School for their fabulous summer concert on 15 May! Featuring a wide range of music from Abba, the Royal Fireworks, Toy Story and the Wizard of Oz, and much, much more. Groups performing include the P6/7 Concert Choir, P6/7 Boys’ Choir, P6/7 Girls’ Choir, P4/5 Choir, P3 Choir, Junior School Pipe Band, Junior Flute Ensemble, Junior Brass Ensemble, Junior School Wind Ensemble and Junior Strings.
Another very special choir comes to Edinburgh on 23 May, this time with Royal approval! The Kingdom Choir became a household name after performing at the HRH Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Royal Wedding and went on to make high profile appearances on the likes of Songs of Praise, The One Show, Good Morning Britain and many more. The choir consists of seasoned male and female vocalists, chosen for their high-quality delivery of choral meets gospel. The choir’s Usher Hall performance follows the release of their debut album Stand By Me, which features the choir’s rendition of the title track, performed at last year’s Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and sure to get audiences singing along in Edinburgh.
Power up your DeLorean…recharge your flux capacitor…and get ready to experience this unforgettable movie classic as you’ve never seen and heard it before! Back to the Future is the 1.21-gigawatt blockbuster that topped the 1985 box office chart. The story follows Marty McFly (Michael J Fox), a typical American teenager of the ’80s, who is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered time machine, invented by the slightly mad Dr Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Experience the thrill of Back to the Future on the big screen as Alan Silvestri’s dazzling score is performed live by the RSNO in synch with this iconic movie. Plus, you’re in for an exclusive treat with an extra special performance of music by composer Alan Silvestri written especially for the film’s 30th anniversary.
Join everyone’s favourite dynamic duo in Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels on 8 June. Watch and laugh as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion Gromit…what could possibly go wrong?! This interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp. Followed by a screening of the Academy Award®️ winning ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers’ with the soundtrack performed by the orchestra live on stage, it’s set to be a grand day out for the whole family.
And if that isn’t enough Wallace and Gromit action for one day, why not try making your own version of the loveable pooch? Teaming up with Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit, the Usher Hall is delighted to offer some model making workshops. These provide a great opportunity to learn from the experts and try your hand at making your very own Gromit. And the fun doesn’t stop there…. you can take your masterpiece home and have a go at animating it using Aardman’s easy to use Animate It! software. You’ll also get a rare chance to ask questions about Aardman Studios from one of their expert model makers, learning the tricks of the trade about the animation processes involved in their award-winning films. These workshops provide a creative, fun and hands-on activity for all ages. All materials are provided and you’ll be able to take your masterpiece home with you, along with an Aardman Model Maker certificate.
On 20 June, Sing! Scotland features Keith & Kristyn Getty and their band of virtuoso Irish and Bluegrass folk music to perform the modern hymns that have a had a huge impact on congregational singing and church music around the world. Enjoy a night of music and a time of devotion with Pastor John Piper. This is a fundraising event for 20schemes, a church planting ministry that brings the light of the gospel to Scotland’s schemes. Known for their song “In Christ Alone” (co-written with Stuart Townend) Keith & Kristyn Getty have been featured in many of the great concert halls in America and the UK and on BBC worldwide broadcasts. Their tours are seen by many thousands each year and their music is sung by millions around the world.