Edinburgh News: music
Matthew Richardson’s new Rigoletto for Scotish Opera begins in the Duke’s Palace where there is a party in progress. The set is modest, rather boring, but the performers tell us what is going on.
It’s fitting testament to the resurgence of Edinburgh’s live music scene that, on a drab and blustery Sunday evening, the cavernous grandeur of the Picture House is packed to capacity to see a post-rock outfit playing grandly over-extended guitar-based instrumental music who aren’t Mogwai.
In spite of prior rumblings and fears, this year's EIFF will be more accessible and vibrant in many ways than previous years
Edinburgh is planning to host an "unforgettable" Evening Celebration with live music and entertainment for the arrival of the London 2012 Torch Relay to the Scottish capital next Summer.
“HOOKAAAY”, the crowd bays. “HOOOKAAAAY”!
For the final concert in their 2010/2011 season the Scottish Chamber Orchestra chose to not only devote the entire programme to the works of Mozart but to perform compositions written towards the end of his short life.
Hip hop and breakdance may have its roots in the city, but a small experiment this past weekend took it into new territory with a performance at a highland loch. Artists from a young music group from Muirhouse in Edinburgh and a touring Ugandan breakdance group, Tabu Flo, combined for a dance workshop at the Loch Leven national nature reserve.
‘Grease’ grabs a new generation of young and not so young fans with this touring production currently showing at the Playhouse. Grease celebrates its 40th Anniversary on the stage in 2012 while the iconic 1978 film is never far away from the small screen.
The Glasgow Chamber Choir under Michael Bawtree were in the Netherlands in March 2011 for two concerts singing with St Joris Kamerkoor, one in Amersfoort, the other in St Catherine’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Utrecht. St Joris Kamerkoor under Bas Ramselaar were now in Scotland with a concert in Edinburgh and another in Glasgow.
Stéphane Denève’s introductory remarks, after the customary exchange of Good Evening, helped set the scene for the last of this season’s ten works written in the first decade of this new century.
The concert at the Queen's Hall began with Brahms orchestral Variations on a theme of Haydn, Opus 56a, St Anthony Chorale. Composed in the summer of 1873, it begins with the St Anthony Chorale theme, in B-flat major, followed by eight distinctive harmonic variations and a majestic passacaglia finale.
I was introduced to the wonderful voice of Madeleine Peyroux a few years ago and fell in love with her plaintively pure voice singing the blues of Bessie Smith, the songs by Dylan, Cohen and Piaf as well as the odd self-penned number. She has the kind of voice you just have to settle down to hear sometimes as she brings these heartbreaking lyrics so beautifully to life.
In the 26 years since the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain was formed, while remaining esoteric, it has conquered the musical world with its unique take on music from pop to punk to classics and classical.
The Fringe Society, the body that publishes the Fringe programme, has opened nominations for the newly established Participants’ Council. The deadline for submitting nominations is 6 May 2011.
The 2011 Perthshire Amber Festival (28 October to 6 November), headed up by Scots singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean, has announced its line-up for Autumn this year. It includes rising star Emily Smith, Jimmie McGregor, Phil Cunningham, Archie Fisher and a host of familiar names from Scotland’s folk and trad scene, as well as Beoga from Ireland, Eliza Lynn from USA and Canadian Buddy MacDonald, all performing alongside Scotland’s Dougie MacLean.
The African Soul Rebels tour is now an annual fixture at the Usher Hall, but this year the format is slightly different. Instead of the usual mix of three or four groups and artists from the continent, tonight is almost entirely given over to one performer.
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.
Yet again there was nearly a full house at the Usher Hall.
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.
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.