Orchestra Fills St Giles’ Cathedral with Colour and Expression

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra is presenting its most ambitious event so far to be streamed online from May 12 to 15. Where Rivers Meet celebrates the blues-driven, unfettered expression, spirit and excitement of jazz’s 1960s revolutionary “New Thing” through music and live visual art filmed in the architecturally striking setting of Edinburgh’s 12th centuryContinue reading “Orchestra Fills St Giles’ Cathedral with Colour and Expression”

Edinburgh Tradfest Goes Online for 2021

Edinburgh Tradfest is set to return this year with an exciting online programme running from 30 April – 10 May 2021, thanks to continued support from Creative Scotland’s open funding programme and the William Grant Foundation. Edinburgh Tradfest showcases a wealth of talented home-grown and international traditional artists. It will move online for the firstContinue reading “Edinburgh Tradfest Goes Online for 2021”

Scottish Opera Unveils Outdoor and Filmed Spring/Summer 2021 Programme

This summer holds the prospect of live opera again with outdoor performances planned by Scottish Opera, in keeping with Scottish Government guidelines. In the meantime, two filmed performances are announced by the Company. Returning to Scottish Opera to design and direct an outdoor production of Verdi’s Falstaff, is world renowned Scottish director Sir David McVicarContinue reading “Scottish Opera Unveils Outdoor and Filmed Spring/Summer 2021 Programme”

Guitarist Forms the Perfect Circle

Guitarist Tom Stephenson becomes the latest product of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s acclaimed jazz course to put his music out onto the market with the release of his debut album, Perfect Circle, on Friday April 2. In common with recent successes, fellow graduate, pianist Fergus McCreadie and saxophonist Matt Carmichael, Stephenson is showing theContinue reading “Guitarist Forms the Perfect Circle”

Sound and Visual Performance Celebrates Declaration of Arbroath This September

The celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath were supposed to take place last year, but global events dictated otherwise. The Declaration was written by the barons of the kingdom of Scotland to the Pope asking for the recognition of Scotland’s independence and acknowledgement of Robert the Bruce as the country’sContinue reading “Sound and Visual Performance Celebrates Declaration of Arbroath This September”

Ayr Composer Michael Murray Celebrated by Cumnock Tryst

Michael Murray is a man with a dual role. He may not don a cape and have a secret identity, but while by night he is a warden for the Ayr central shopping centre, at other times he is a classical composer. In 2019, he composed an oboe solo entitled Psycho–Scherzo thatwill be performed asContinue reading “Ayr Composer Michael Murray Celebrated by Cumnock Tryst”

The Music Industry and COVID:19 – What Comes Next?

The first interview I did for this article took place on an abnormally quiet, post work train journey in London. Laptop open, headphones in and I paused, wondering why I felt so apprehensive to begin the interview, then I realised it was because this interview could intensify what I was worried about: my beloved musicContinue reading “The Music Industry and COVID:19 – What Comes Next?”

Scottish Ensemble put Wellness Centre Stage in Partnership with Maggie’s

During the challenging times we continue to face, Scottish Ensemble (SE) has launched three events Breathe: Music and Your Mind with Maggie’s that are inspired by their longstanding relationship with the charity. Since 2016, SE has been supporting and developing their work with people with cancer and their families by bringing live music into theirContinue reading “Scottish Ensemble put Wellness Centre Stage in Partnership with Maggie’s”

Recording Finds Trio in Their Prime

Edinburgh guitarist Kevin Mackenzie releases the first recording with his latest group this Friday, March 5. Prime Trio features Mackenzie with the former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, Peter Johnstone on organ and first-call drummer Doug Hough, and Mackenzie is excited by both the instrumentation and the personnel involved. “The great thing for me aboutContinue reading “Recording Finds Trio in Their Prime”

Soundhouse Announces New Online Concert Series

Romanian singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo, Irish traditional music legend Cathal McConnell’s trio and Brazilian music specialists Trio Magico are among the line-up announced for a series of ten online gigs that starts on Monday 22 February 2021. Filmed at the Traverse Theatre using a five-camera broadcast quality set-up and professional multitrack sound, and organised by theContinue reading “Soundhouse Announces New Online Concert Series”