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Curtain falls on £1m temporary reopening

posted 20 Jan 2009, 08:19 by David Rintoul   [ updated 1 Nov 2009, 22:28 ]

A controversial £1 million plan to reopen the Usher Hall for just four events has been dropped.

The historic concert venue is in the midst of a much-delayed refurbishment but council chiefs had planned to temporarily open up the hall for a two-day Rotarians conference in April and three orchestra performances.

It had originally been thought the move would cost £600,000 but it is understood the final bill would have been closer to £1m, forcing council bosses to reconsider.

Thousands of concert-goers have now been left disappointed as both the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra have been forced to cancel their performances.

The Rotarians conference will now take place at the Corn Exchange in Slateford.