This year marks the 160th Birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, widely known as the Sherlock Holmes Creator, who remains one of the most popular fictional detectives in history.

In honour of this special birthday, the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre had the pleasure of hosting a unique concert featuring the critically acclaimed ‘Sherlock Violin’ and ‘Conan Doyle Quartet’. The concert featured Viktor Seifert, 12-year-old award-winning composer, violinist and pianist, who played a specially composed piece on the Sherlock Violin. Viktor was joined by fellow students of St Mary’s Music School, honouring us with their array of incredible musical talents.


Following the concert the audience spent time admiring a display of ‘The Sherlock Holmes Tartan’, created by Tania Henzell, step-great-great-granddaughter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Tania’s tartan creations have been endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate and have gained interest from Sherlockians worldwide.

 It has been a privilege to provide a space for this event as a tribute to Conan Doyle and his creation, Sherlock Holmes, who often played the violin while solving cases. Even more intriguing and exciting, the public had the opportunity to visit our magnificent Victorian Townhouse and uncover the connection between Arthur Conan Doyle and our Spiritual Centre. We offer tours of our building all year round, so if you missed this event, please visit us and discover more about this Edinburgh man’s life, who devoted his later years to promoting Spiritualism across the world.

 The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre opened its doors in 2011 to the general public for the benefit of the mind, body and spirit. What a perfect place to commemorate the authors 160th Birthday – an event filled with sensational moments perfectly curated for the benefit of honoring Arthur Conan Doyle!

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