Edinburgh News: music
In front of St Cuthbert’s altar there were nine tiers of red seats for the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union with the ladies at the back and men in front, and in front and to their side the Edinburgh Youth Choir. On the other side were the timpanist’s drums. On came their conductor, Michael Bawtree, in a fetching red waistcoat, to start a fascinating programme.
Although written by the French composer Maurice Ravel during the First World War and with each movement dedicated to somebody who had died, Le Tombeau de Couperin proved nonetheless to be a thoughtful, tuneful and delightful start to the evening’s concert. It was not surprising that the conductor, Stéphane Denève, had the Principal Oboe player, Emmanuel Laville, on his feet at the end for special applause.
Susan Boyle, the spinster from Blackburn in West Lothian, has been catapulted into the record books again as her new album The Gift goes to number one on the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Next Summer's Edinburgh International Festival will focus on the cultures of Asia and the influence of Eastern cultures on artists in the West. Announcing the Festival 2011 theme ‘To the Far West’ in Beijing today, Festival Director Jonathan Mills promised "a heady three weeks of exquisite artistic exploration which I hope will intoxicate audiences."
We are used to Stéphane Denève wishing us a good evening and then telling us a thing or two about the evening’s programme. Last year a red carpeted podium was presented to the Orchestra but it does not often appear at the Usher Hall. But there it was - with Stéphane Denève on it. Why then was there a second microphone?
Now that Edinburgh's Christmas programme is out of the bag, it's time to look at what festive shows city theatres have planned for us.
The Victorian tradition of pantomime is still very much alive and well with several theatres returning with new shows that have the classic panto ingredients of cross-dressing, singing, and audience participation, wrapped in a modern adaptation of a classic fairy tale.
Known for his ability to spin satiric gold from the most unpromising of topical trivia on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’, Mitch Benn played to a small (ish) but certainly appreciative audience at The Queen’s Hall. Although the well-crafted satirical stiletto is Benn’s weapon of choice on air, the two hour set, ably supported by his very own Distractions (Kirsty Newton and Tash Bayliss), glowed with a relaxed rather than enraged intensity.
The concert opened with a little played reworked single movement of the incidental music Sibelius wrote for his brother-in-law’s play Kuolema (‘Death’).
In Spring 2003 volunteers from Leith Festival ran Leith FM 1, a successful short term broadcast (RSL) over the Leith Festival week. In Winter 2003/4 Leith Community Mediaworks (LCM) was set-up to deliver Community Radio & TV for and by the people of Leith.
Leith FM History at 13/12/06
A showcase for Edinburgh’s artistic talent, the Hidden Door Festival returns to the Roxy Art House this weekend. With work now finished on new venues within the Roxy Art House, including The Garden and the Hidden Cinema, the Hidden Door 2 Festival taking place this weekend is set to follow on from the success of the inaugural Hidden Door which took place in January.
The piano tuner was just finishing his last minute work as the doors opened. The large audience had come to hear one of the great pianists of our time, John Lill.
It’s a busy night for music lovers in old Edinburgh town.
Although the Usher Hall has been in use after renovation for more than a year now, the outside work has only just been completed. This was an appropriate evening, the tenth of the tenth of the tenth, to celebrate with music about the Universe the completion of all the work on our world-class concert hall. The Lord Provost in his regalia was our host.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra began their 2010/ 2011 season with a thrilling performance last night at the Usher Hall of Mozart's two act opera Don Giovanni. Conducted by their Principal Cond
Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2010/11 announced today the launch of ‘Hog the Stage’, a new battle of the bands competition which will
Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2010/11 announced today that Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro will headline the
Stéphane Denève was bubbling with enthusiasm as he introduced the first concert of 10:11 season. Bubbling particularly because during the coming season the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is to play ten pieces that have been written in the last ten years.
To mark the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) on Friday 13th, director Jonathan Mills was photographed on Calton Hill flying the flags of the man