Access Info

As a community choir, we welcome everyone, and aim to be as accessible as possible. There is a guide to access below but please contact us in advance if you would like to discuss this further before joining the choir. We will do our very best to make your choir experience as enjoyable as possible.

Guide Dogs are welcome. Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing a guide dog to the choir rehearsal.

There is limited on-street car parking around the hall and an NCP car park is located across the road at Castle Terrace. People who hold a valid blue badge can park for free and spaces are located across from the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Grindlay Street and in Cambridge Street outside the Traverse Theatre. Blue badge holders can also park in pay and display areas with no time limit as well as on some single and double yellow lines (subject to some constraints – please always check before leaving your vehicle for any length of time).

There is a taxi rank opposite the Usher Hall on Lothian Road. If you are being dropped off by taxi or car please ask your driver to take you to stage door via Cambridge Street. There are also a number of bus stops immediately outside the Usher Hall on Lothian Road, which provide good access routes to and from many parts of the city.

Entering the building
We use the backstage entrance to the Usher Hall, which is wheelchair accessible. The correct door may be tricky to find for those with a visual impairment but we can easily arrange for someone to met you at the end of the lane and assist as required. If you become a member of the choir we will send you more detailed directions.

Getting to the stage
The main backstage corridor is one flight of stairs (approx 8-10 steps) lower than the stage, with stairs at each side of the stage. There are 2 accessible toilets on this level. There is lift access to the stage level available at the opposite side of the stage. The choir sits in a few rows of freestanding chairs “on the flat”, with the remainder sitting on chairs on risers and the in-built wooden choir seating. With advance notice we can reserve a seat or wheelchair space in the front few rows so that you will be able to see the conductor whether the choir is seated or standing. Stephen, our conductor, uses a microphone with PA system so his instructions can be heard from anywhere on the stage.

We learn the majority of our music using lyric sheets for those who do not read music and sheet music for those who do, in conjunction with learning by ear. If you would like large print copies of the lyrics or music, please ask and we will prepare these for the following week. We record most of the rehearsal sessions and make these available in the members only section of the website, where the tracks can be streamed online or downloaded to practice along with. If you have a visual or auditory impairment and would need extra support to take part in the choir, we would be happy to discuss this with you.

Most of our communication with the choir outside of rehearsals is done online, both by email and within the members only section of the choir website. However, we realise that not everyone uses the internet or has computer access at home. If you do not have regular access to the internet, we would ask to have your address and phone number so that we can contact you between rehearsals as necessary.