Queen's Hall


Helen May and Robert Johnstone

Helen May and Robert Johnstone

Born in England in 1900, Helen May Johnstone (née Russell) came to Trinidad aged 6, when her father, Justice A.D. Russell was appointed to Trinidad’s Supreme Court. Educated in England, May returned to Trinidad in 1921, whereupon she met and married Robert Johnstone. She taught choral lessons at Bishop Anstey...

Architectural Competition

The Architectural Competition

In late 1955, a Caribbean-wide architectural competition was launched. It was, by all accounts, the first regional competition of its kind. A small advertisment entitled “Contest for Concert Hall Plan”, appeared in newspapers all around the Caribbean, including The Royal Gazette (Bermuda), The Daily Gleaner (Jamaica), and The Barbados Advocate....

Opening Night

Opening Night

When Queen’s Hall’s opening night finally arrived in June of 1959, it would have been one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. For May Johnstone and members of the Queen’s Hall Board, it was the culmination of years of dedication to a goal, which at times, would...

The 190s Onwards

The 1960s Onwards

Throughout the sixties and seventies, Queen’s Hall played a central role in not only the creative and artistic life of the country, but also its civic life – helping to provide a forum and opportunity for dialogue on Trinidad’s developing nationhood and national identity....