City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: music

Local Talent is the Draw Behind Hidden Door 2 Festival

A showcase for Edinburgh’s artistic talent, the Hidden Door Festival returns to the Roxy Art House this weekend. With work now finished on new venues within the Roxy Art House, including The Garden and the Hidden Cinema, the Hidden Door 2 Festival taking place this weekend is set to follow on from the success of the inaugural Hidden Door which took place in January.

RSNO: John Lill Plays Tchaikovsky Review

John Lill

The piano tuner was just finishing his last minute work as the doors opened. The large audience had come to hear one of the great pianists of our time, John Lill.

Review: Tony Allen

Tony Allen

It’s a busy night for music lovers in old Edinburgh town. 

Usher Hall Reopening Gala Concert Review

Hans Graf

Although the Usher Hall has been in use after renovation for more than a year now, the outside work has only just been completed. This was an appropriate evening, the tenth of the tenth of the tenth, to celebrate with music about the Universe the completion of all the work on our world-class concert hall. The Lord Provost in his regalia was our host.

Don Giovanni, Usher Hall, Review

Malin Christensson (Zerlina) in SCO's Don Giovanni

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra began their 2010/ 2011 season with a thrilling performance last night at the Usher Hall of Mozart's two act opera Don Giovanni. Conducted by their Principal Cond

Hog the Stage: New Battle of the Bands at Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Hogmanay Fireworks

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2010/11 announced today the launch of ‘Hog the Stage’, a new battle of the bands competition which will

Scottish Rockers Biffy Clyro To Headline Hogmanay Party

Biffy Clyro

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2010/11 announced today that Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro will headline the

RSNO New Season, New World Review

Nicholas Angelich

Stéphane Denève was bubbling with enthusiasm as he introduced the first concert of 10:11 season. Bubbling particularly because during the coming season the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is to play ten pieces that have been written in the last ten years.

Fireworks Close Record-breaking Edinburgh Festival

White stars and blue notes

The Edinburgh International Festival went out last night with its traditional cacophony of loud explosions, screaming pyrotechnics, and a vigorous orchestral accompaniment in the annual

Edinburgh Festival Director Hoists Flags For Opening Night

Jonathan Mills EIF director by James Christie

To mark the opening of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) on Friday 13th, director Jonathan Mills was photographed on Calton Hill flying the flags of the man

Preview: The Living Room Micro-Festival


It's a quirky micro-festival in a home in Pilrig, in North central Edinburgh. A fringe of a Fringe event. Not even in the Edinburgh Fringe Society's Guide.

Edinburgh Festival Chorus Ladies Proms Warm-up

A group of amateur singers from Edinburgh's central belt will be warming up for this month's Edinburgh International Festival with an appearance at the BBC Proms tomorrow evening.

Edinburgh Jazz Archive Exhibition Reveals A Connery Connection

The Central Library tonight launched its recently gifted Edinburgh Jazz Archive covering over 60 years of jazz in Edinburgh.

Aberfeldy Return To Form With New Album Somewhere to Jump From

Aberfeldy at Nobles Pub

 As the musicians take the stage in front of Nobles Bar's large dominating set of stained glass windows the sun comes out and highlights the central image high above them, of Madonna and child in a boat alone in the ocean.

National Theatre Of Scotland Launches Search For Piper

Black Watch, '07

The National Theatre of Scotland (NATS) is launching a nationwide search to find a piper for a touring production of the critically acclaimed production of Black Watch. Open auditions are being held in Glasgow on Friday 16th July 2010 at the The National Piping Centre from 12.30pm – 7.30pm.

Kiss Me Kate, Pitlochry Theatre, Review

Too Darn Hot from Kiss Me Kate

Even if you have never seen Cole Porter’s madcap musical, you are sure to know many of the songs:  the performance opens with the foot tapping, “Another Opening, Another Show”, Act II with “Too Darn Hot”. Blending romantic ballads, dance numbers, jazzy tunes and Operetta, the original 1948 production ran for over 1,000 performances and won a Tony Award for Best Musical.

Preview: Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2010

Kershaw Martin

The 32nd Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival runs from the 30th July to the 8th of August, with 110 acts playing at venues across the city. It attracts the largest audience of any Jazz Festival in the UK.

Preview: The Edge Festival

Plan B

As August approaches and another jamboree of music, comedy, dance and theatre comes Edinburgh’s way, Mika, Dizzee Rascal and Plan B are just some of the headline acts confirmed for this years Edge Festival.

A Drunk Man looks at the Thistle, Traverse Theatre, Review

Drunk man looks at a Thistle

Red Note Ensemble is a Scottish-based professional music ensemble that made its debut in 2008. Based on an observation that "compositional software ...out of range notes [would turn] red ..." when faced with the innovation of Bill’s Sweeney’s work, it was decided that "Red Note will be the group that will play the unplayable.” And so Red Note was baptised.

Assembly Launch Outdoor Venue to Celebrate 30 Years at the Fringe

Assembly in the Gardens

Assembly Theatre has announced it will create a new city centre Fringe venue in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Assembly says the venue will re-invigorate the Ross Bandstand site with a special sub-structure to create an elevated platform for a Belgian dance tent along with a Festival garden bar in association with Bulmers.

Schumann Jubilee Concert Review

Helena Buckmayer, piano soloist

The Manfred Overture which started the Schumann Jubilee Concert by the Orchestra of the Canongait was a turbulent and troubled piece of music.

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