Concert hall aims to be autism friendly

Concert hall aims to be autism friendly


norman lebrecht

December 11, 2019

Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall is teaming up with the Hebrides Ensemble and composer Ben Lunn to make concerts less daunting for people on the neurodiversity spectrum.

Not quite clear how, but it’s a move in the right direction.

More here.


  • Eric says:

    Well, for starters, the article you link details some of the ways in which they are doing this. So, it’s odd you ask what they’re doing.

    Having worked in this area for performances designed for those on the autism spectrum before, creating a film, like they are doing here, are very important. Preparing these visitors in advance is helpful, since new settings can cause greater anxiety and discomfort. I applaud what Queen’s Hall is doing, and what others are doing, to make sure our performance spaces are truly for everyone.

  • We privatize your value says:

    Cough. Does the keffiyeh come with the notes?

  • Musician says:

    Is that guy in the photo supposed to be autistic?

  • John Borstlap says:

    I wonder how this music may make autistic people feel ‘at home’:

  • Muth says:

    The Toronto Symphony’s done some stuff towards that direction, but it’s mostly kid-oriented. Be interesting to see how they approach accessibility for neurodiverse adults.

  • Lesley says:

    See a film made by Ben in partnership with Drake Music Scotland and Queen’s Hall here: