Edinburgh News: music
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.
Intermezzo tells the tale of a husband mistakenly unfaithful who is accused by a bossy wife who has double standards. The tale is that of Richard Strauss and his wife and is set in 1924 when it was first performed.
Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) was a conductor in Vienna, Prague and then Berlin and whilst not a prolific composer was a member of the Second Viennese School. With the rise of Nazism he eventually settled in the USA. But during the difficult times he composed his Sinfonietta.
Tickets go on sale this morning (Saturday 2nd April) for the Edinburgh International Festival. EIF director Jonathan Mills has waxed that this year's Far Eastern themed (or "Far Western" as Mills has suggested) festival will be "highly embroidered, exquisite, gorgeous".
"It will intoxicate people with its ravishing beauty," says Mills.
With that in mind, we're asking what are the "must see" shows at this year's festival?
The unifying theme in this Scottish Chamber Orchestra's concert was dignified, haunting ethereal string passages - present in all three of the compositions featured in the programme.
Public sales of Edinburgh International Festival tickets start from 10am this Saturday 2 April. Ticket prices start at just £10. Students and under-18s can claim 50 per cent off.
Queuing to borrow a book should become a thing of the past when self service kiosks are installed in Edinburgh Central Library this Summer.
Raekwon has a new CD out. It’s called “Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang”. We know that because he’s exhorting us constantly to go out and buy it.
For the Edinburgh Bach Choir’s final performance in their centenary year they performed in German the much loved church litany for Good Friday. J. S. Bach composed five passions in all; St Matthew is the better known of the two that survive. First composed in 1727 and performed in 1729, its music and text was improved bit by bit until Bach directed his last performance in 1745.
There was a full house for the loudest of this season’s concerts and with the largest orchestra.
William Shakespeare goes East as the music of the Rajasthan desert drifts into the city this Summer
Ever since the '97 album was launched to global acclaim, the Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club has been delighting audiences with their exuberant mix of traditional Cuban salsa music.
For the first time, the RSNO's Naked Classics series investigated music written in the past ten years - one of ten out of the ten selected for this season by Stéphane Denève. Previous Naked Classics have unpicked familiar music in the first half of the evening, and played the piece all the way through after the interval.
John Shuttleworth is the flawless fantasy creation of actor Graham Fellows who, back 1978, also created an alter ego of the character Jilted John, giving him a hit and a memorable TOTP appearance.<