City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: music

Edinburgh Bach Choir: Brahms and Bruckner Review


A German Requiem is the longest work that Brahms composed and calls for a large choir and orchestra together with a soprano and a baritone soloist.

RSNO Naked Classics: Sibelius Five Review

Paul Rissmann

It was a perfectly normal concert for the first five minutes - under the baton of Christian Kluxen, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor.

Scottish Opera: The Barber of Seville Review

Photo: Cast of Scottish Opera's The Barber of Seville

When the curtain lifted for the first time, we saw Simon Higlett’s very realistic set of the front of houses and places of business of a street in Seville around the time Rossini wrote his opera in 1816. This was good, and it got better as the story began to unfold on the street, before the action moved to the inside of Dr Bartolo’s house.

The Usher Hall’s Tree Concert

"Sherlock" Violin

When he was three Conan Doyle and his family moved to Liberton Bank House, now Dunedin School, from Picardy Place where he was born.

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union: A Royal Celebration Review


It was in August 1911 that King George V commanded that the Edinburgh Choral Union be  henceforth styled Edinburgh Royal Choral Union.

James Yorkston and his band +The Pictish Trail and his band Review

James Yorkston at the Queen's Hall

An unsurprisingly good turn-out for a wet Friday in Edinburgh when James Yorkston, along with a few familiar faces from the Fence Collective played the Queens Hall.

RSNO Magnificent Mendelssohn Review

Vladim Gluzman violinist

Once again the Usher Hall was very near full for a concert with the traditional format of an overture, concerto and symphony.

The Fall, HMV Picture House, Review

The Fall

Mark E Smith is unwell. Rumours of his illness circulate the bars and hostelries around Lothian Road in the hours leading up to the devoted pilgrimage to worship at the feet of the Salford Bard.

Hebrides Ensemble - Expanding Horizons Season 2011/12

hebrides ensemble.JPG

The Hebrides Ensemble has just announced the Expanding Horizons Season 2011-12 moving from  Edinburgh and Glasgow to Perth, Inverness and Argyll.

Sister Act, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

Sister Act cast

These Sisters are doing it not for themselves but for everybody.

Tindersticks, Usher Hall, Review

Tindersticks at the Usher Hall Photographed by Barrie Dunbavin

Tindersticks suit the opulent yet slightly faded grandeur of an auditorium such as the Usher Hall.

RSNO Mozart Requiem Review

Peter Oundjian

Just as we judge their age when we look at buildings so it is in music. The concert started with late Victorian, moved to mid twentieth century and ended with late eighteenth century - just when Edinburgh’s New Town was starting.

RSNO Natalie Clein Plays Haydn Review


Not everybody will have realised that the conductor for the night, Thomas Søndergård, was appointed the Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra earlier in th

Swiss Ambassador’s Award Concert 2011 Review


His Excellency Mr Anton Thalmann, the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom, introduced the concert.

Spiritualized, Queen's Hall, Review

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized

The stage is dominated by an all-white backdrop, in keeping with Spirtualized’s traditionally functional aesthetic, with what appear to be 60watt light bulbs hanging down from above, as though ready and prepared to flash with inspiration and volts of electricity.

Edinburgh Quartet play Mozart and Prokofiev Review


The Tuesday lunchtime concerts at the Reid Concert Hall, beside the McEwan Hall, are popular not just because they are free but because of the range of high quality artists, some professional some still students, who perform on Tuesdays. But none fills the venerable Reid more than the Edinburgh Quartet, now in their fifty first year and with a new viola player, Jessica Beeston.

Thomas Søndergård appointed RSNO's Principal Guest Conductor

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed 42­­­­-year-old Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård as its next Principal Guest Conductor.

SCO Mullova Plays Beethoven Review


The concert began with the world premiere of storm, rose, tiger composed by Glasgow born Martin Suckling and commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

RSNO Debussy and Rachmaninov Review


Stéphane Denève is even more of an expert on Debussy now that, as he told us, he has poured through all 2,200 of his letters as his reading for the summer past.

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Usher Hall, Review

Robin Ticciati conducts

Last night's opening concert at the Usher Hall of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's new season consisted of the overture to Schumann's opera Genoveva (written in a period of only three days) and two

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

Yuri Simonov

This concert was pure Russian. The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra playing Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. No doubt this is why there was such a full audience.

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