City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: music


Save The Last Dance For Me, Playhouse, Review

Cast of Save the Last dance for me

“1-2-3, it’s so easy, it’s like taking candy off a baby”.

Czech Music Fest Review

Helena Buckmayer

As a tribute to Holocaust Memorial Day, the first part of the concert was dedicated to two composers who were victims of the Holocaust.

RSNO Hilary Hahn Plays Prokofiev Review

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In her pre-concert talk the violinist Ursula Heidecker Allen demonstrated very effectively just how softly she and her violin colleagues would be playing the first of the three movements of Debussy

Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2, Usher Hall, Review

Robin Ticciati conducts

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra was in superb form at last night's concert at the Usher Hall. Under the baton of their Principal Conductor, Robin Ticciati, the versatility they displayed in controlling the dynamics in the first composition of the evening - Haydn's 'Philosopher' Symphony No 22 in E flat major - was excellent. In the second movement, which begins with a flurry, they enhanced the delightful nuances with aplomb.

Get Organised: Invitation to the Dance Review

Usher Hall Organ

There’s one musical instrument that is permanently at the back of the stage of the Usher Hall - its organ. It cost £4,000 when it was built specially for the Usher Hall in 1914 and was restored in 2003. At its restoration the console was moved from the side of the stage up and in front of the organ pipes.

SCO In the Steppes of Central Europe Review

Alec Frank-Gemmill

Zoltán Kodály used a collection of traditional tunes from Galánta in Slovakia that had originally been published in about 1800.

RSNO Norrington Conducts Brahms Review

Sir Roger Norrington

David Chivers pre-concert talk, given on the top floor of the Usher Hall, gave us an intelligent and enthusiastic insight into the way that the night’s conductor, Sir Roger Norrington, had fo

RSNO A Viennese New Year Review

Ailish Tynan

This was the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s New Year concert - based on the tradition of the Musikverein in Vienna.

Primal Scream, Princes Street Gardens at Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Review

Screamadelica - 20th anniversary year

Glasgow cancelled.  Other Scottish cities such as Stirling and Aberdeen held low-key events with a few free firework displays thrown in.  Edinburgh, of course, would rather announce a sys

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Welcome in 2012 in Style!

Conductor Nicholas McGegan and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra gave their usual rousing programme of Viennese music on New Year's Day evening in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity.

The Pirates of Penzance, Usher Hall, Review

Lovers of live performances are wonderful!  They breast the wayward rain and brace the gales to appreciate their chosen art form and on Wednesday 29 December, the elements were fierce enough t

SCO Mozart at Christmas Review

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Rossini’s little known opera The Silken Ladder had just twelve performances in 1812 and was quietly dropped.

Cinderella, King's Theatre, Review

Cinderella 2011 cast

Everyone loves a good panto, and it doesn’t get any better than the traditional Edinburgh panto at the King’s Theatre.

Scottish Ensemble Baltic Renaissance Review

Scottish Ensemble

Adding music by Purcell and Byrd to works by living composers from the Baltic States produced a fascinating concert for the dozen string players of the Scottish Ensemble.

Children's Christmas Swingalong, Usher Hall, Review

Owen and Olly

The Children’s Christmas Swingalong incorporated music spanning 200 years, played swing-style and with a lot of know-how by the fabulous RSNO Big Band, accompanied by hosts Olly and Owen on p

RSNO Osborne Plays Shostakovich Review

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Steven Osborne was asked by William Chandler in the talk beforehand whether it was usual for a solo pianist to play two concertos in one concert.

We Will Rock You, Playhouse, Review

Scene from 'We Will Rock You'

Not just shaken, stirred but most definitely rocked!

Christmas Oratorio, SCO, Review

SCO woodwind

J S Bach was a prolific composer, writing hundreds of compositions. A devout Lutheran he composed this choral piece in 1734 when he was Kantor (Director of Music) at St Thomas church in Leipzi

Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces new Associate Artist relationships

SCO - group photo

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has announced the appointment as Associate Artists of two long-standing musical collaborators: conductor and keyboardist, Richard Egarr, and violinist-director,

The Shoogle Project, Dance Base, Review

Shall We Shoogle?

The Shoogle Project is a collaboration between ‘acid croft’ Ceilidh band Shooglenifty and the contemporary dance company plan B. This meeting of unlikely genres made for an evening of wild, hybrid entertainment that actually turned out to be a lot of fun.

Keyboard Titans, Usher Hall, Review

Nicholas Angelich pianist

The conductor at last night's performance at the Usher Hall with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was Leon Fleisher. At the age of 83, he continues to lead an extraordinary multifarious musical