Upcoming at the Queen’s Hall – Homecoming 2: The Return of Mackay’s Memoirs

Here at Young Perspective, we share the belief that young talent holds the utmost potential and power to create magic. It’s by supporting our youth and fostering their passions that we ensure that the arts continue to evolve.

For Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, 2019 is a landmark year. It celebrates 40 years of the venue’s history, and 20 years of Martyn Bennett’s iconic piece, Mackay’s Memoirs. This composition was first performed in 1999 in honour of the late missionary and doctor Kenneth A. Mackay.

On the 4th of March, the piece returns to the Queen’s Hall stage with four of the musicians who performed the original, alongside the City of Edinburgh Music School’s Chamber Orchestra. Written for pipes, clarsach, and orchestra, this promises to be a full-bodied piece that creates strong ties to Mackay’s native Scotland and the city of Edinburgh.

The concert will also include arrangements of Beatles songs and performances from CEMS students, as well as an accompanying animation by Neil Kempsell. Of this, Bennett says, “I hope that most of all this is an apt celebration of youth that will see our heritage firmly united for generations to come.”

See below a rehearsal by the Music School for this upcoming performance:


This will be a truly extraordinary evening of music and a wonderful homage to Edinburgh’s talented young musicians, whom we are very lucky to have the opportunity to listen to.

Tickets are available now from the Queen’s Hall’s website.

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