Edinburgh News: music
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’ leaves Edinburgh Playhouse rocking and a reeling!
This touring production of Dreamcoats and Petticoats at Edinburgh's Playhouse rolls back the years - 50 years to be exact - to the pre-Beatles era.
Strictly Sensational showcases the nifty footwork of dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in this production of Midnight Tango.
Don McLean has been a successful singer-songwriter for 42 years with over 30 albums to his name so doesn’t have too much to prove especially to the fans, mainly of a certain age, who had turn
In amongst the overload of theatre, comedy, cabaret, burlesque and pretty much every other artform known to mankind (barring cinema), Edinburgh in August is also home to a pretty good musical selection for the discerning gig-goer.
Here's an opportunity for emerging filmmakers and composers: the Edinburgh International Festival is running a workshop where filmmakers create short pieces of film with music score, culminating in a masterclass with the minimalist composer Philip Glass. The short projects are supposed to be inspired by the Qatsi Trilogy of films (Koyaanisqaatsi, Naqoyqatsi, Powaqqatsi), which are being screened with live performances by Philip Glass and his ensemble in Edinburgh.
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.