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Edinburgh Bach Choir: St Matthew Passion Review

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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.

RSNO Great Concertos: Dvořák Cello Concerto Review

Pieter Wispelwey

This was a concert that began with an overture, went on to two choral works and ended with a concerto. In his pre-concert talk the charming and erudite Bill Chandler, the Associate Leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, told us that the night's composers were linked through Brahms. Brahms was a protégé of Schumann and Brahms later befriended a young Dvořák.

Prokofiev 'Classical' Symphony, Queen's Hall, Review

Conductor Andrew Manze

The guest conductor in this Scottish Chamber Orchestra concert was Andrew Manze who is developing a relationship with the orchestra as he conducts at least once in a season.

Michael Marra. Queen's Hall, Review

I spoke to someone the other day who had never heard of Michael Marra and asked what kind of style he had; who he was like. Well, the answer was, “He’s not like anybody. He’s unique.”

RSNO Romantic Valentine's Classics Review

Alice Sara Ott

This was the Romantic Valentine’s Concert with the men of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in white jacket and black tie and the women in a beautiful array of plain coloured dresses, all helping to make for a joyous evening.

New Boss Takes the Reins at Edinburgh Castle

Nick Finnigan

Nick Finnigan has been appointed as Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle, taking over from Barbara Smith.

Master Class, King’s Theatre, Review

Stephanie Beacham as Maria Callas

Stephanie Beacham plays Maria Callas in a musical drama that celebrates the famous diva.

Snapshots: Creation and Play, Traverse Theatre, Review

Old Fangs - Manipulate Festival

A night of magic and fantasy at The Manipulate festival integrating film, animation, puppetry, and theatre.

RSNO Great Symphonies: Rachmaninov Two Review

Leila Josefowicz

Paul Dukas composed the nine minute piece The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in 1897 based upon Goethe’s ballad Der Zauberlehrling. But it was Walt Disney who made the tune so familiar to us today when he used it in 1940 for the animated Mickey Mouse film Fantasia.

Peter Oundjian To Be RSNO’s New Music Director

Peter Oundjian (conductor)

Peter Oundjian will become the next Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). The celebrated British-Canadian musician succeeds Frenchman Stéphane Denève, who departs at the end of the 2011/12 Season.

Alasdair Cameron, Queen's Hall, Review

The pianist Alasdair Cameron had a varied programme in his concert at the Queen's Hall.  He began with a selection of pieces by Mozart - Fantasy in D minor, Rondo in D major and Rondo in A minor - which were played with precision and a lightness of touch, enhancing the dynamic contrasts in the compositions.

Arthur's Seat Festival Lightshow Secures Funding

Speed of Light, created by public art organisation NVA, is today confirmed as being funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

SCO's New Romantics, Queens Hall, Review

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The orchestra string section featured prominently in this diverse programme conducted by the energetic, flamboyant guest conductor Joseph Swensen.

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