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Edinburgh News: music

The Unthanks, Queen's Hall, Review

The Unthanks

Rachel and Becky Unthank are the Northumbrian sister singers of the eponymous band, The Unthanks. While they sound as though they have been singing since they were born, the band has only been in existence since 2004 and is now a 10 piece ensemble with several successful CDs behind them and a new one just out.

RSNO Great Concertos: Grieg Piano Concerto Review

Peter Oundjian

Yet again there was nearly a full house at the Usher Hall.

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union: Stainer’s Crucifixion Review

St. Cuthbert's Church steeple

Late afternoon on Passion Sunday in St Cuthbert’s with its frieze behind the altar depicting the Last Supper was well chosen. There are some wonderfully familiar lines in The Crucifixion.

RSNO Great Concertos: Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 Review

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Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) collected thousands of his native Hungarian folk songs and music. His Dances from Galanta come from the town where he spent many happy childhood years.

Scottish Opera: Intermezzo Review

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Intermezzo tells the tale of a husband mistakenly unfaithful who is accused by a bossy wife who has double standards. The tale is that of Richard Strauss and his wife and is set in 1924 when it was first performed.

Rent, Churchill Theatre, Review

‘Rent’ is a musical with a message that not only hits home, it hits a home run. Edinburgh Music Theatre are to be congratulated for forsaking the popular shows on offer elsewhere and trying something different to good effect.

RSNO: Nicola Benedetti plays Korngold Review

Nicola Benedetti

Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) was a conductor in Vienna, Prague and then Berlin and whilst not a prolific composer was a member of the Second Viennese School. With the rise of Nazism he eventually settled in the USA. But during the difficult times he composed his Sinfonietta.

Hot Tickets at the Edinburgh International Festival

Re-Triptych Shen Wei Dance Arts

Tickets go on sale this morning (Saturday 2nd April) for the Edinburgh International Festival. EIF director Jonathan Mills has waxed that this year's Far Eastern themed (or "Far Western" as Mills has suggested) festival will be "highly embroidered, exquisite, gorgeous".

"It will intoxicate people with its ravishing beauty," says Mills.

With that in mind, we're asking what are the "must see" shows at this year's festival?

Faure Requiem, Usher Hall, Review

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The unifying theme in this Scottish Chamber Orchestra's concert was dignified, haunting ethereal string passages - present in all three of the compositions featured in the programme.

Ticket Sales For Edinburgh International Festival Starts Saturday

The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan

Public sales of Edinburgh International Festival tickets start from 10am this Saturday 2 April. Ticket prices start at just £10. Students and under-18s can claim 50 per cent off.

Self-service Kiosks For "Next Gen" Edinburgh Central Library

Edinburgh Central Library (exterior)

Queuing to borrow a book should become a thing of the past when self service kiosks are installed in Edinburgh Central Library this Summer.

Raekwon, The Liquid Room, Review

Raekwon Courtesy of Liquid Rooms

Raekwon has a new CD out. It’s called “Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang”. We know that because he’s exhorting us constantly to go out and buy it.

Edinburgh Bach Choir: St Matthew Passion Review


For the Edinburgh Bach Choir’s final performance in their centenary year they performed in German the much loved church litany for Good Friday. J. S. Bach composed five passions in all; St Matthew is the better known of the two that survive. First composed in 1727 and performed in 1729, its music and text was improved bit by bit until Bach directed his last performance in 1745.

RSNO Järvi Conducts the Leningrad, Review

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There was a full house for the loudest of this season’s concerts and with the largest orchestra.

Edinburgh International Festival Launches Eastern Themed 2011 Programme

King Lear

William Shakespeare goes East as the music of the Rajasthan desert drifts into the city this Summer

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Playhouse, Review

Ever since the '97 album was launched to global acclaim, the Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club has been delighting audiences with their exuberant mix of traditional Cuban salsa music.

RSNO Naked Classics: Insomnia, Usher Hall, Review

Paul Rissmann

For the first time, the RSNO's Naked Classics series investigated music written in the past ten years - one of ten out of the ten selected for this season by Stéphane Denève. Previous Naked Classics have unpicked familiar music in the first half of the evening, and played the piece all the way through after the interval.

John Shuttleworth, A Man with No More Rolls Review

John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth is the flawless fantasy creation of actor Graham Fellows who, back 1978, also created an alter ego of the character Jilted John, giving him a hit and a memorable TOTP appearance.<

Blood Brothers, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Nikki Evans and cast of Blood Brothers

Silver Anniversary Tour, but gold star performances all round from the cast of 'Blood Brothers'.

Handel’s Opera Orlando, EFT, Review

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It was good to enjoy an opera that is seldom performed. Indeed on the night I came across only one other person who had experienced Orlando before, and that was over twenty years ago. Handel was not a success with his many operas and kept himself afloat only because King George had granted him an annuity. Eventually he discovered success with cantatas.

Guys 'n' Dolls, Church Hill Theatre, Review

The Principals in Town by Colin Hattersly

Smart moves, and a dice loaded in favour of the audience.

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