Music

Live Music in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a final chance to join in a celebration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 150th Anniversary.

Big Tent Festival is Scotland’s Environmental Festival and winner of the greener festival award 2009.  Set on Falkland Estate, just across the Forth in Fife, against the stunning backdrop of the Lomond Hills, 2010 is the event’s fifth anniversary. Since its inception it has grown year-on-year, becoming a must-visit occasion and a great day or weekend out for the whole family.

Up to 30 stalls wil be congregated under the canvas of 3 Harbours Seafood Festival village selling cooked and raw seafood and related goods over Saturday and Sunday. The East Lothian festival, which sprung from the 10-day 3 Harbours Art Festival, celebrates the sea and coastline of Cockenzie, Port Seton and Prestonpans.

The hurricane twists and howls as the Kansas farmgirl cowers with her little dog, Toto. It’s a moment of dramatic transformation, as the grey everyday world is torn asunder and we are lifted far away to the magical kingdom of Oz. It makes a good backdrop for a loud rock ‘n’ roll band to come onstage to. 

As we approached the Usher Hall we saw Stephen Duffy interviewing Donald Runnicles on the huge screen on the plaza outside the Sheraton Hotel, across the road from the Usher Hall. The former George Watson’s College pupil, who went on to sell programmes in the Usher Hall in order to get to hear some of the world’s finest musicians perform there in the early seventies, was saying just how good it was to be back in the Usher Hall. In his view its acoustic is amongst the best five in the world. And his own world wide career as a conductor is putting him high on anybody’s list.

There are three full blown operas and four concert performances in the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival programme.

"Oceans apart - these words convey so much of the spirit and ambition behind the Edinburgh International Festival in 2010." So writes Jonathan Mills, its Director, in his introduction to the programme.

Premiere to be held at 2010 Edinburgh International Harp Festival 9 – 14 APRIL

One of the less visible activities of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) is its its year-round programme of education and outreach. Around 1,000 young people are participating in workshops and projects this year, that explore the cultural diversity of performers and the ideas raised in the Edinburgh's flagship arts festival.

The 2010 Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks Concert will this year celebrate "Music from the Movies", it was announced by Festival Director Jonathan Mills this morning at the launch of the programme for the EIF, taking place in August and early September.