A 1000-seat auditorium dedicated to classical music is to open in Edinburgh, over 100 years since the last purpose-built music venue in Edinburgh opened its doors.
The International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT) is leading on the project, called the IMPACT Centre, which includes a 200-seat rehearsal and performance studio.
Sir Ewan Brown, Chair of IMPACT Scotland said:
“An ideal city centre location, a funding combination of philanthropy and public funding, the support of the Royal Bank of Scotland and now a design for a beautiful building – all the elements are in place to seize the opportunity to put Edinburgh back on the world stage as a top music destination.
“We believe we now have a building designed to attract performers and audiences of all ages, backgrounds and interests, to a bustling, all-day public space where everyone feels welcome, in a building to be proud of.”
Leading the design team, Sir David Chipperfield said:
“Seeing Edinburgh at the height of the festivals reinforces just how much the new venue will contribute to the cultural life of the city, during summer and all year round. The challenge of creating a modern performance space in the heart of the historic New Town has been stimulating and the quality of public engagement with the process has contributed greatly to the design of this much needed new music venue in Edinburgh.”
The project is being funded through substantial philanthropic donations, together with £25 million support from the Scottish and UK Governments and City of Edinburgh Council, as part of the City Region Deal.
Proposed main hall of the new venue / Image: IMPACT Scotland