Special event Adults

A musical evening celebrating Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday

  • Wednesday 13th November, 6.30 - 9pm (doors 6.15pm)
£ 15.00

Join us for an enlightening evening of music and poetry celebrating the work of Robert Louis Stevenson (born 13th November 1850) and the composer Ronald Stevenson (died 2015). RLS was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, whose works include Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Ronald Stevenson was a prolific composer and virtuoso pianist who lived for many years in West Linton.

Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Bass) and Jan Waterfield (piano) perform settings of poetry written by Robert Louis Stevenson, Vaughan Williams (Songs of Travel) and Ronald Stevenson (Hills of Home), as well as Ronald Stevenson's cycle, Songs from Factories and Fields on poems by Hugh MacDiarmid, who was a personal friend. They also include settings of MacDiarmid, Dunbar, Hay and Burns by the Scottish composer Francis George Scott.

These two musicians performed the first known Scottish performance of Factories and Fields last November, and this performance will be the first of a new bass version of Hills of Home.

Portraits of Robert Louis Stevenson and Ronald Stevenson, along with MacDiarmid and Scott are part of the Scottish Portrait Gallery Collection.

After the performance in the Great Hall at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, you can make your way to the cafe to enjoy a complimentary drink. We are also offering 15%* off purchases at the shop.

This event is supported by the University of Edinburgh.

*T&Cs apply. 15% discount is valid in our Scottish National Portrait Gallery shop on the evening of Wednesday 13th November, 6.15 - 9pm. Excludes custom prints, Friends memberships, tickets and gift vouchers. Not valid for online orders. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

David Watson Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 - 1894. Essayist, poet and novelist 1894 - 1895
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Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access

Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.

We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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