Live Music in Edinburgh

EIF 2019: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Princes Street Gardens, Review

It was the most perfect of summer evenings to celebrate the ending of another fine Edinburgh International Festival. Entering the Gardens from the St Cuthbert's Steps, the audience seemed larger than it has ever been. Regulars had been arriving in good time to get a view from the grassy slope that is not interrupted by trees. This year more than ever; many were having to watch through the branches. But there was an eager expectation and only slight frustration of a seven minute delay in the start of the concert. 

EIF 2019: Simon Rattle and London Symphony Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

The Usher Hall was full to watch Sir Simon Rattle conduct his London Symphony Orchestra in a programme of two works, both of about an hour in length. The large Orchestra was to play what we might consider a traditional symphony in its form as well as a more modern symphony-length work. 

EIF 2019: Orchestre de Paris 2, Britten’s War Requiem, Usher Hall, Review

Britten’s War Requiem was commissioned for the opening of Coventry Cathedral following the destruction of an earlier building by German bombs in November 1940. Edinburgh architect Basil Spence was a popular choice as architect, whilst there was considerable concern over the choice of Benjamin Britten for the music for its opening. Britten was not only homosexual but as a pacifist had fled to America for the early years of the Second World War.

Late Night Ceremony, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Review

The fundamentals of human existence – three quasi rituals, one fascinating show.

Fitch’s powerful opener was both energised and energising, in many ways a paradox: a manifesto of hope yet set in the midst of the apocalyptic. Their work, ‘Revelations’ took us to the uttermost extremities of the post-modern world and challenged the very values humankind had presupposed: “all gold is fool’s gold", “the drink that ends in thirst”. Throughout, the ‘poisoned, parched shrivelled earth’ is used as a metaphor for the human soul and spirit.