Caird Hall

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Caird Hall

Caird Hall is the principal concert auditorium in Dundee, Scotland. It was built between 1914 and 1923 and is named after its benefactor, jute baron James Key Caird. The venue has a capacity of 2,300 fully seated, but can be subdivided or converted to standing where required.

The hall's pipe organ, one of the finest[citation needed] Romantic[clarification needed] concert organs in the United Kingdom, was built in 1923 by Harrison & Harrison, who also completed a restoration in 1992. The decorative plaster work was produced by H.H.Martyn & Company of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, holders of the Royal Warrant.[1]

Caird Hall regularly hosts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The hall is used for graduation ceremonies from the University of Dundee and the University of Abertay Dundee, as well as other significant university events such as the former university's Rectorial Installation and Principal's welcome to first year students.

The Caird Hall's exterior was used for filming An Englishman Abroad in 1983; decorated with placards of communist leaders, it took the part of a theatre in Moscow.[2]


  1. ^ John H.M.Whitaker (1985). The Best - History of H.H.Martyn and Co., Carvers in Wood, Stone and Marble, Casters in Bronze, Founders of Gloster Aircraft Ltd. ISBN 0951025201. 
  2. ^ Andrew Young (1 February 1983). "An Englishman Abroad in Glasgow". Glasgow Herald. 

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Coordinates: 56°27′36″N 2°58′07″W / 56.4599°N 2.9687°W / 56.4599; -2.9687