City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh News: music

SCO's New Romantics, Queens Hall, Review

SCO - group photo

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

Cinderella, Festival Theatre, Review

Cinderella, Scottish Ballet (credit Andrew Ross)

This is a revival of Scottish Ballet’s sparkling production, (premiered in 2005) which spruces up the nursery story with a flamboyant, fashionable makeover by artistic director Ashley Page and designer Antony McDonald.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival Review

Biffy Clyro headlining "Concert in the Gardens"

As a lifelong Edinburgh resident, I have experienced the Capital’s Christmas and New Year Festival celebrations over many years, (dating back to the days when over 300,000 unticketed spectators crammed onto Princes Street on 31 December).  I often think I should become jaded by the annual display of sparkling trees, ice rink, music, song and dance, with fireworks at midnight.

RSNO New Year Viennese Gala Review

David Danzmayr (conductor)

It was a delight to hear and indeed to watch an up-and-coming operatic soprano, Sarah Tynan, sing four songs in German (we had the translations) as part of the New Year Viennese Gala.

Keilidh and Hogmanay Concert Tickets Sold Out

The Keilidh

Tickets for two of the main events at Edinburgh's Hogmanay are now sold out: Concert in the Gardens on 31 December, headlined by Biffy Clyro with special guests The Charlatans and Billy Bragg, and tickets for the Keilidh, also on 31 December.

Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review


With freezing temperatures and bone-chilling winds you could be tempted to stay indoors curled up on the sofa.

TraVerses at the Traverse Theatre

Richard Ingham, TraVerse

What could be better in these cold days of coalition than a warm evening of real collaboration between artists at a theatre whose name means ‘something that crosses another’ and whose event title is a terrific pun on this ‘new way to experience poetry’, TraVerses?

Loud and Proud Choir Festive Concert Review

Loud & Proud Choir

A large audience was in the George Square Theatre for the fifth anniversary and Festive Concert of Loud and Proud. There were just over thirty singers, two thirds women, with an excitingly varied programme sung a cappella (with no accompanying music).

Video: On George Street at Edinburgh's Hogmanay

With Edinburgh's Hogmanay coming up at the end of this month, it would seem a good time to share a few more clips from our archive.

RSNO Naked Classics: Pictures Review

Paul Rissmann

Paul Rissmann, the presenter, had produced some really good graphics for the screen above the orchestra to illustrate his lecture. Indeed they had a warmth of colour about them that was enticing and thoroughly comfortable to watch whilst we listened to the music.

RSNO: Postcards from the Americas Review

Dávuur Juul Magnussen

John Whitener, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Principal Tuba player, is an American and was well placed to give us a real sense of twentieth century American classical music in his pre-concert talk.

Handel's Messiah, Usher Hall, Review

Handel's Messiah, written in 1741, in only three and half weeks, is one of the most popular choral works ever to be performed.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay: Hog The Stage Final

Anna Meldrum of Kitty the Lion at Hog the Stage

It’s Sunday night and the Picture House is fit to bursting with hollering friends and families out to support their wee bairns for the final of Hog The Stage.

Edinburgh Fringe Gives Greater Voice To Its Participants

Titus Andronicus

Performers, operators of Fringe venues, and producers will have much more of a say in the running of the Fringe Society, the organisation that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, after members voted to adopt a new constitution this weekend.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, New Romantics II, Review

François Leleux

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra concert at the Queen's Hall spanned two centuries - from 1813 to 2010. Conducted by the guest Finnish conductor John Storgards, the first piece on the programme was Symphony No 5 (Symphony for Strings) in three movements by the American composer William Schuman.

Bingham and Duruflé - Edinburgh Royal Choral Union Review


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.

RSNO: Imogen Cooper Plays Mozart Review

Imogen Cooper fold arms

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 Goes Into Record Books With New Album

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.

Edinburgh International Festival 2011 Holds Far Eastern Promise

National Ballet of China

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."

RSNO: Fantastique! Review

Frank Peter Zimmermann.jpg

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?

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