Family Concert | All You Need To Know (Edinburgh)

*This article provides details for our Edinburgh performances only. Our Family Concert is also performed in Perth on Sunday 10 February.*

Are you looking for the perfect family day out? Look no further!

95% of our 2018 audience rated their experience as "EXCELLENT"

Tickets are available online here

When and where is the concert?

12.00pm concert - Arrive from 10.30am to take part in foyer activities before the first concert, which runs from 12.00-12.45pm

2.30pm concert - Arrive from 1.00pm to take part in foyer activities before the second concert, which runs from 2.30-3.15pm

The venue is The Assembly Rooms (54 George Street) in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town.

What will the orchestra play?

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra brings to life the story of Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants (Author Giles Andreae) with the help of Children's TV presenter Chris Jarvis and Conductor Holly Mathieson.

With music by Paul Rissmann, as well as excerpts from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, this year's Family Concert features lots of audience participation, illustrated projections and laugh-out-loud moments for the whole family.

What are the foyer activities?

Our Family Concert days are much more than the performance. A range of entertaining foyer activities begin 90 mins before each concert and take place in the Main Ballroom at the Assembly Rooms.

  • Become maestro of our multi-coloured orchestra! There will be a selection of instruments to try from each section in the orchestra – strings, wind, brass and percussion
  • Design your own pair of Golden Underpants with Sir Scallywag illustrator Korky Paul for the chance to win a signed copy of the book
  • Make your own crowns at our craft station – the perfect accessory for the concert to follow!
  • Decorate our castle with your very own coat of arms
  • Dress up and have your picture taken in costumes inspired by Sir Scallywag

After the concert, there will be an opportunity to meet Children's TV Presenter Chris Jarvis and musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

What ages is the Family Concert suitable for?

Our foyer activities and concert are suitable for children aged approximately 3 to 8. However, all ages are welcome to attend. Children under 12 months are admitted free of charge with our 'babes in arms' policy and must be sat on your knee in the concert hall.

The performance is approximately 45 minutes long.

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How much do tickets cost and where can I buy them? 

Child £6, Adult £12.50, Disability Concession £6.25

Tickets can be purchased from the Queen's Hall Box Office online, in person over the counter, or over the phone (0131 668 2019). We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.


What to expect when arriving at the venue

On-street parking is available outside the Assembly Rooms, along George Street and in the surrounding streets; all of which is controlled by parking meters during the day. Alternatively the nearest car park is situated on Castle Terrace or at the Omni Centre.

If you book our 12.00pm concert, arrive from 10.30am to take part in foyer activities.

If you book our 2.30pm concert, arrive from 1.00pm for foyer activities.

Doors for the concert open 20 minutes before the concert start time and seating is unreserved.

When arriving at The Assembly Rooms, please show us your booking confirmation email on your mobile or print out. Don't worry if you have not received a booking confirmation via email. We have your details on our system and will be able to confirm your booking on the door.

Once signed in, there is a cloakroom available in the entrance hall. If you have a buggy, you can use the lift to take you to a room for buggy parking.

There is a virtual tour available on the venue website.

When is the best time to eat and drink?

Snacks and refreshments can be purchased at the Crush Bar, adjacent to the Main Ballroom where the foyer activities take place. You can also bring your own food and drinks and use our designated 'picnic area' in the West Drawing Room. You can use this space up to 90 mins prior to the concert.

What should I wear to concert? 

There’s absolutely no rules as to what to wear. Wear whatever makes you comfortable.

Why not dress up as a Sir Scallywag inspired character? A knight, King or Queen!

Not convinced? Here's what our audience had to say last year

95% of our 2018 audience rated their experience as "EXCELLENT"

  • "The best bit about the day was seeing my five year old boy utterly transfixed by the performance and very enthusiastic about meeting some of the orchestra members and their instruments afterwards."
  • "The range of activities provided in advance of the concert was terrific, and offered some really well thought out activities, different from the usual 'extras.' The concert itself was very well pitched and kept my child's interest throughout. Really nicely done."
  • "We enjoyed everything about the day, particularly the chance for our children to interact with the musicians and the excellent introduction and narration by Chris Jarvis. The whole event was extremely well thought through and professionally delivered. The venue was also very good."
  • "It was totally stress free, very well organised, excellent performance and just the right amount of time. I also loved the idea of having musicians playing instruments around the venue before the show, my two year old loved it!!"

Tickets are available to BUY ONLINE or at the Queen's Hall Box Office in person over the counter, or over the phone (0131 668 2019). We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.

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