Rock & Pop

Back to Black: The Music of Amy Winehouse, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Review

A heartfelt, gutsy and justifiably packed performance.

Much was made in this show not only of the iconic nature of the music of Amy Winehouse, but also of the public’s parallel fascination with her personal life. To do a show combining the two was therefore not without risk, but the balance was beautifully and sensitively struck – the singing was simply superb, and coverage of Amy’s own inner struggles was handled with genuine respect and empathy.

Contemporary Choral Classics, Canongate Kirk, Review

The Choir has achieved a reputation for its “rich and beautiful sound”, an accolade which it lived up to, in this jaw-dropping recital of astounding quality.

Consisting of eleven pieces within the modern choral tradition, the programme gave us a succession of beautiful works which had all the characteristics that the genre is known for: an unashamedly uplifting feel, numerous key changes, and lush harmonies – ‘The Ground’ and ‘Alleluia’ being two of the very best examples.