Dalkeith Palace – A Passion For Music

Sunday 18th June – Sunday 3rd September

The exhibition tour explores Dalkeith Palace’s musical past through artefacts originally intended for Dalkeith Palace, illustrated text panels and a soundtrack of music originally heard at the Palace over 200 years ago.

Join us to celebrate the musical life and patronage of Henry and Elizabeth, 3rd Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, who made their home a true salon of the Scottish Enlightenment. A cast of exceptional thinkers and performers were welcomed to Dalkeith Palace, including the educational innovator Anne Young, star soprano Angelica Catalani, Scottish music advocates Niel and Nathaniel Gow, Ignatius Sancho, the first composer of African descent to publish his music in Britain, and the Italian Corri family who were central to musical life in Edinburgh.

Dalkeith Palace Exhibition & Tour

Join one of our guides to discover the many layers of Dalkeith Palace’s intriguing history. You will explore Duchess Anna’s creation of the Palace in the early 1700s, learn how subsequent members of the Buccleuch family came to use it and see some of the traces left by more recent tenants. This tour will also provide an introduction to our summer exhibition ‘Dalkeith Palace – A Passion for Music’ and allow time to explore this in greater depth.

Small group tours will be running at 11.30 and 14.30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 18 June to 03 September*. Tickets are now on sale at £9.50.

*Please note The Palace and exhibition will be closed on Saturday 24 June

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Opening Symposium & Concert

Dalkeith Palace – A Passion For Music will open with a symposium & concert on Saturday 17 June, sponsored by the University of Southampton, AHRC and the RNCM.

The symposium explores Dalkeith Palace’s musical past in vivid detail, bringing to life themes from the exhibition. Specialists from leading universities and conservatoires investigate how Scottish dance bands promoted traditional music, how opera travelled from the stage to the home, and how country houses supported wider cultural trends and aspirations. The Symposium followed by a drinks reception will run from 14:00 to 17:00 with tickets costing £15pp.

In the concluding concert, soprano Mhairi Lawson and Lu Ren are joined by historical performance experts Jean Kelly, Aaron McGregor, and David McGuinness in the Great Gallery, bringing the music that once sounded at Dalkeith Palace back to its former home. The Concert will follow a drinks reception beginning at 17:00 before The Concert at approximately 18:15 with a scheduled run time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tickets are now on sale, costing £15pp. 

If you would like to attend both the Symposium and the Concert a joint ticket can be purchased for £27.50pp. 

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