City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland


RSNO The Great Concertos: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Review

Renaud Capucon

The prospect of a rousing overture, the return of a brilliant young French violinist and a favourite symphony had most of the seats in the Usher Hall filled. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was back under the command of its Music Director, Stéphane Denève, who had been conducting in North America for a few weeks. His exuberant talent of welcome and brief introduction to the music ahead was again clearly appreciated.

Edinburgh Castle Carols

Great Hall Fireplace

Free event at Edinburgh castle taking place at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm, in The Great Hall.

We Will Rock You Review

We Will Rock You production image

"It is a stunning show."'s reviewer is rocked by We Will Rock You.

RSNO Sir Roger Norrington Conducts Beethoven and Schumann Review

Sir Roger Norrington

Vibrato was forbidden and the orchestra repositioned because, for this concert, Sir Roger Norrington was very much in charge.   Speaking beforehand a double bassist who has been in the orchestra since 1974 said it had been one of the most interesting weeks of concert preparation in all his 35 years.

J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio Review

Christ's birth by anonymous 18th Century painter

The elegant 17th century Canongate Kirk, situated in the Royal Mile, is a perfect location for a baroque concert and on Wednesday the Ludas Baroque Chamber Orchestra, founded and conducted by Richard Neville-Towle (the church organist), performed Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

Edinburgh University's St Andrew's Day Celebration

A celebration of Scotland's spoken and musical traditions. Free, but booking required via web site

Review: Alec Empire, 22 November 2009

Alec Empire

The GRV is a mass of piercings and blackness, awash with Edinburgh’s punk-goth contingency in varying stages of inebriation.  Dry ice billows around the room, sweetly licking one’s nostrils.  The air feels ripe with anticipation.  But there is tension also.  Curfew time is ticking ever closer and all we see is a prolonged technical display involving a disgruntled roadie wrestling with stubborn microphones.

Nativity Carol Concert

St Andrew Square Garden is the venue for the Edinburgh Christmas Nativity Scene and Carol Concert, featuring a chorus from Exile Gospel Choir with support from St Peter’s Primary School Choir.

National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Concert:The Dragon’s Lair

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland perform a brand new show at Edinburgh's recently refurbished Usher Hall entitled the 'Dragon's Lair'.

Review: Tegan and Sara, 15 November 2009

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara… apparently they’re twins and it’s not just clever use of mirrors.  Having trudged through many an interview to differentiate which was which it became clear that at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. Having proved themselves internationally as being excellent Canadian exporters of indy/pop/rock they have certainly earned themselves a definitive fan base here in the UK.