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Looking to the past to celebrate the future

In June, almost 100 members of the Carlyle Circle enjoyed a recital of music and song in the unique setting that is St Cecilia’s Hall.

Set just off the Cowgate, St Cecilia’s Hall, the third oldest concert hall in the world, founded in 1763, houses an impressive collection of harpsichords and guitars, and the audience enjoyed a concert of music from the same era.

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Dr John Kitchen who is about to release a new album, played the 1793 Harpsichord for a short programme, accompanying the song choices of Paul Grant, baritone, and Ellie Smith, soprano.

The programme took the audience on a journey through time, back to the time of the building and the music. They then enjoyed a tour of the collection and a cream tea.

A long-term commitment to the University

The concert is one of the many ways that the University marks membership of the Carlyle Circle, and is one way we recognise and thank those who have made a wonderful long-term commitment to support the University of Edinburgh through a gift in their Will.

Gifts like these have made an immensely important contribution to the life and work of the University over the centuries, and it is thanks to the members of the Carlyle Circle, and others like them, that we continue to be at the forefront of teaching and research worldwide.

About the Carlyle Circle

The Carlyle Circle is named after Thomas Carlyle, one of the foremost thinkers of his time, and one of the first to remember the University in his Will. Please consider joining the Carlyle Circle today and make your commitment to the University’s future success.

Just think what your promise could help us achieve.