City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


Epic Indie Night - Battle of the Bands


Po Na Nas last week gathered a few known names on the Edinburgh music scene for a Battle of the Bands, where the winner of the event will play at a new Indie night, ‘Edit’, when it moves to the Liquid Room on Sundays.

The Dream of Gerontius Review


As a child I don’t suppose I was alone in pondering heaven and hell and wondering how it was decided which I should end up in at my death. John Henry Newman’s long poem, The Dream of Gerontius, is a dream just about that.

Thoughts On The Usher Hall Upgrades

Usher Hall staircase

Someone once described the corridors as almost domestic in size.

Four Hands: A Recital of Piano Duos Review

Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow

Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow brought warmth, enthusiasm and clarity to a recital designed to give further recognition of the work of Hans Gál. Turnabout they introduced each piece with fascinating details that even the specialist audience may not have known. Nor, but not quite turnabout, were they working the same end of the Yamaha’s keyboard for each piece.

National Library's Chopin Exhibition

To celebrate the bicentenary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth, the National Library of Scotland is offering the chance to view an exclusive Chopin display which documents the composer’s visit to Scotland in 1848.

Usher Hall's New Wing To Be Unveiled

Usher Hall new wing

After the setbacks and the multi-million pound cost over-runs, the new wing at the Usher Hall is ready to be unveiled to the world. From tomorrow people will be able to explore the much-awaited new addition to the grade A-listed building, which completes the £25 million, second phase of refurbishment of the Lothian Road concert hall.

29th Edinburgh International Harp Festival

The Edinburgh International Harp Festival (EIHF) proudly unveils the harping gems for its 2010 festival at the Merchiston Castle Campus in Edinburgh.

Science Festival Introduces Cow Autopsy and Kids' Blood Bar

Science Festival blood

Blood and guts are on the menu at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April. The annual festival of popular science, which aims to educate through hands-on activities and topical talks, has a new floor at one of its main venues, the City Art Centre, devoted to the human body.

Ceilidh Culture 2010 Hits The Streets


English folk musician Kate Rusby, who won a Mercury prize nomination with her 1999 album Sleepless, headlines the eighth Ceilidh Culture, Edinburgh's festival of traditional music and culture, which runs 26 March to 18 April. Rusby, reckoned to be one of the most talented contemporary folkies around, plays at the recently re-opened Usher Hall (18 April).

Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ Review

Conductor Robin Ticciati

Berlioz has a reputation for grandiose pieces, involving a multitude of musicians, but L’Enfance du Christ is different.  Written in 1853/54 for a chamber orchestra and small chorus it is an expose of exquisite musical minimalism.