City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: music

Llyr Williams plays Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2, Queen's Hall, Review

Llyr  Williams

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra had a full programme at the Queens Hall last night and the first composition played reflected the variety of moods being portrayed during the evening.

The RSNO Christmas Concert, Usher Hall, Review


The RSNO Christmas Concert is one of the few pieces of entertainment available that not only appeals to all the family, it brings families together.

Fire and Ice Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

Kirill Gerstein

John Whitener's pre-concert talk in the Upper Circle Bar was full of cheer and joy and when he demonstrated on the tuba his audience was delighted.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4, Usher Hall, Review

The musicians in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra displayed their talented versatility at last night’s concert.

Brussels Philharmonic, Usher Hall, Review

Michel Tabachnik

In earlier days the Brussels Philharmonic, founded in 1935, was known as the BRT Philharmonic Orchestra and then as the Flemish Radio Orchestra.

The Christmas Truce Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, Greyfriars Kirk, Review

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union photo

As the picture shows there was a full audience on Sunday evening at Greyfriars Kirk - cheek-by-jowl with the Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra.

Edinburgh Napier Chamber Orchestra, Stockbridge Parish Church, Review

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To open the concert, the distinguished Scottish composer Kenneth Dempster conducted the forty strong Edinburgh Napier Chamber Orchestra in the bright and cheerful overture to Idomeneo, Mozart's first

Handel's Messiah, Usher Hall, Review

Handel's Messiah, written in 1741 (in only three and half weeks) is one of the most popular choral works ever to be performed.

The Firebird Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review


In what can be known as Music Director's Pride, his Principal string players with Aleksei Kiseliov in front came on stage in front of Peter Oundjian.

The Donald Runnicles Birthday Concert, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

Beethoven 9 at the Usher Hall

Several hundred enthusiasts were in the stalls an hour before the concert started to hear the conversation between Donald Runnicles and James Naughtie. We learned a little, but not a lot.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2014/15 Programme Announced

Up Helly Aa vikings

Organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmanay today invited revellers to join the planet's "hottest" party when they announced the programme of events for this year.

Oundjian and Benedetti Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

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The first four minutes set us in the mood for some fine Russian music with the seldom heard March from Rachmaninov's Cinq Études-tableaux.

Scottish Opera's La Cenerentola, Festival Theatre, Review

Cinderella - Scottish Opera

There are many versions of the comedy we know as Cinderella but all relate to the unwanted daughter who finds her way to the heart of a prince much to the annoyance of her family.

Elgar's Enigma, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

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A concert devoted to Remembrancetide and the outbreak of the Great War could well have been a sad and sorrowful event.

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Queen's Hall, Review

Nordic Fiddler's Bloc

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc embrace the traditions of Shetland, Norway and Denmark, in addition to music furth of these northern locations.

John Kitchen's Get Organised, Usher Hall, Review

Usher Hall Organ

John Kitchen told us that the lunchtime recital was titled 'To absent friends: Music for Remembrance in the week of the Festival of Storytelling and Remembrance' because All Soul's Day was just past a

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Usher Hall, Review

Nikolai Lugansky, pianist with Russian National Orchestra

If the overture or the first work played in a concert sets the scene then Liadov's short Kikimora gave us a slow and sombre beginning - enough to remind us that we were hearing Russia's longest establ

Tales of a Grandson, Festival Theatre Edinburgh, Review


Mr. Cannon’s passion for all things historical is infectious, as he makes real the sort of magical history lesson you thought was only possible in your dreams.

The Pop Group & Finitribe, The Voodoo Rooms, Review

I am having a weird altered states flashback to an evening in Sativa circa 1995. My states altered purely by the conflict between nostalgia and the aged reality both within and around me.

Haydn's Harmony Mass, Queen's Hall, Review

SCO - 2014

The programme spanned centuries and began with ‘Solfeggio’, an a cappella composition for a choir written in 1963 by the Estonian composer Arvo Part.

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