City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: music

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.

Hogmanay Headliners Attack Use of "Rocks"

In a strongly worded statement, Primal Scream have attacked Home Secretary Theresa May's use of their 1994 hit Rocks (above) at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday.

All the Fun of the Fair, Edinburgh Playhouse, Review

ATFOTF in Edinburgh

David Essex may be the main attraction but ‘All the fun of the Fair ‘has a lot more going for it!

RSNO The Auld Alliance: Denève and Benedetti Review

Stéphane Denève

Just over 700 years ago there began the oldest military treaty in the world, the Auld Alliance - between France and Scotland. It lasted for well over 250 years, largely at the expense of England.

Rock n' Roll Heaven, EFT, Review

R 'n' R Heaven

This is living proof that Rock n’ Roll is still king! In what is a tribute concert to six of the all-time greats who are no longer with us, the cast of Rock 'n’ Roll Heaven, backed by talented musicians,  deliver an enjoyable evening of nostalgia for some and a great experience for those who missed out first time around.

Rhinestone Mondays, EFT, Review

Rhinestone Mondays' Brian (Shaun Williamson) and Clint (Phil Pritchard)

As retailers say, if you love line-dancing and Country & Western music, then you will like ‘Rhinestone Mondays’. Conversely, the show is probably not for you!

The Usher Hall: the World's Best Concert Hall

5 Stars for Usher Hall

VisitScotland’s inspectors have been making anonymous visits to the Usher Hall this year. Because of its exceptional facilities, acoustics and customer service they have granted the concert hall a rare but much deserved 5 stars.

Legally Blonde Review

Legally Blonde Elle Woods (Faye Brookes) and cast

In the pink with Legally Blonde!

Bryan Ferry at Edinburgh Castle, Review

Bryan Ferry crooning

Bryan Ferry is, without question, the most effortlessly cool man in his mid-sixties that I have ever laid eyes on.

Video: Fireworks Close Eastern Themed Edinburgh Festival

An estimated 250,000 people across the Scottish capital watched the Eastern themed Edinburgh International Festival 2011 go out with a bang last night at the annual Edinburgh Fireworks Concert.

Arcade Fire at Edinburgh Castle, Review

Arcade Fire

It’s the first day of September and summer is pretty much semi-officially over.

Lammermuir Festival Returns to East Lothian For Second Year

St Michael’s Kirk, Inveresk, Musselburgh

Building on the success of the first Lammermuir Festival last year, this autumn brings ten days of wonderful music performed in the most stunning venues acr

Whither Now For the Forest?

Forest entrance

Freewheeling arts collective The Forest have put out a strongly worded press release expressing how "stunned" they are at the decision to remove them from their venue at the end of the run of the Fringe.

2011 World Pipe Band Championships Winners

Yesterday saw the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. The event was live webcast by the BBC around the world. This year's winners of the Grade 1 competition were top Northern Ireland Band, the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

Book Review: Organs of Edinburgh

Organs of Edinburgh

As the Festival Season begins it is sometimes easy to forget just how dependent Edinburgh is on its many fine churches and concert halls. They are home to a rich variety of pipe organs, each made by a different organ builder and most, with a few exceptions, no more than one hundred and fifty years old. Some were built and have stayed put, others have moved to their current building.

Classical Music in the Fringe 2011

The 2011 Fringe Programme lists over one hundred classical music events - some with multiple performances; in all about 200 tempting possibilities.

EJBF: Hidden Orchestra, Red Snapper, Queen's Hall, Review

Hidden Orchestra

I had no idea what to expect of this evening concert, but it was recommended by a friend and that was enough to swing me in the direction of the Queen's Hall for my first Edinburgh Jazz Festival gig.

George Square's Triple-tented Nostalgia Trip

Spiegel Tent in George Square

With the sun still with us it seemed like an opportune time to investigate the recently erected tented village at George Square.

Crowds Descend on Grassmarket For Jazz Fest Mardi Gras

Jazz Fest 2011: Dancing ladies

The crowds were out for the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket today. After weeks of overcast, wet weather, and the recent deluge that, in Morningside, saw flash floods washing cars down the road and pedestrians wading waist-deep up the street, the festival organisers must have breathed a collective sigh of relief that the event was not another wash-out.

EIF 2011 Eastern Themed Talks Series Announced

Professor Niall Ferguson, Lord Wilson and Sir Vernon Ellis are among the chairs announced for Edinburgh International Festival’s geopolitical talks series, Continental Shifts.

Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story, Edinburgh Playhouse, July 2011, Review

Buddy Holly and Friends in Buddy

‘Buddy’ leaves Edinburgh Playhouse rocking and a reeling!

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