City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh News: music

Tindersticks, Usher Hall, Review

Tindersticks at the Usher Hall Photographed by Barrie Dunbavin

Tindersticks suit the opulent yet slightly faded grandeur of an auditorium such as the Usher Hall.

RSNO Mozart Requiem Review

Peter Oundjian

Just as we judge their age when we look at buildings so it is in music. The concert started with late Victorian, moved to mid twentieth century and ended with late eighteenth century - just when Edinburgh’s New Town was starting.

RSNO Natalie Clein Plays Haydn Review


Not everybody will have realised that the conductor for the night, Thomas Søndergård, was appointed the Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra earlier in th

Swiss Ambassador’s Award Concert 2011 Review


His Excellency Mr Anton Thalmann, the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Kingdom, introduced the concert.

Spiritualized, Queen's Hall, Review

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized

The stage is dominated by an all-white backdrop, in keeping with Spirtualized’s traditionally functional aesthetic, with what appear to be 60watt light bulbs hanging down from above, as though ready and prepared to flash with inspiration and volts of electricity.

Edinburgh Quartet play Mozart and Prokofiev Review


The Tuesday lunchtime concerts at the Reid Concert Hall, beside the McEwan Hall, are popular not just because they are free but because of the range of high quality artists, some professional some still students, who perform on Tuesdays. But none fills the venerable Reid more than the Edinburgh Quartet, now in their fifty first year and with a new viola player, Jessica Beeston.

Thomas Søndergård appointed RSNO's Principal Guest Conductor

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed 42­­­­-year-old Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård as its next Principal Guest Conductor.

SCO Mullova Plays Beethoven Review


The concert began with the world premiere of storm, rose, tiger composed by Glasgow born Martin Suckling and commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

RSNO Debussy and Rachmaninov Review


Stéphane Denève is even more of an expert on Debussy now that, as he told us, he has poured through all 2,200 of his letters as his reading for the summer past.

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Usher Hall, Review

Robin Ticciati conducts

Last night's opening concert at the Usher Hall of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's new season consisted of the overture to Schumann's opera Genoveva (written in a period of only three days) and two

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.

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