Young Award-winners Join Orchestra for Landmark Concert

Scottish Jazz Award winners Anoushka Nanguy and Liam Shortall will be in the trombone section as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra plays a 25th anniversary concert online on Saturday 5th December. The two young, Glasgow-based musicians won three titles between them at the awards ceremony in October, with Anoushka, 21, taking the Rising Star award and Liam,Continue reading “Young Award-winners Join Orchestra for Landmark Concert”

Top Singer Sings the Duncan Lamont Songbook

Leading singer Tina May releases 52nd Street (and other tales) on 33 Records on Friday, December 4th. Featuring a collection of songs written by Scottish musician and composer Duncan Lamont, the album is full of the character and wit that Lamont, who died in July 2019, brought to his work as an astute observer ofContinue reading “Top Singer Sings the Duncan Lamont Songbook”

Drummer’s Dreams Come True on Solo Album

Dutch drummer-percussionist Joost Lijbaart realises a life-long ambition with the release of his first solo album, Free, on November 30th.  Known internationally for his work with saxophonist Yuri Honing’s trio and quartet over the past twenty-five years, and more recently for leading the ambient improvising voice-guitar-percussion trio Under the Surface, Lijbaart devoted six months duringContinue reading “Drummer’s Dreams Come True on Solo Album”

Programme of Winter Activity Unveiled by Scottish Opera

Scotland’s national opera company, Scottish Opera, has unveiled a programme of digital and live performance as part of its 2020/21 Winter activity that includes filmed productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. To mark the milestone of the 50th Anniversary of the Company’s Outreach and Education, Scottish Opera Young Company (SOYC)Continue reading “Programme of Winter Activity Unveiled by Scottish Opera”

Lost Light : Music from the 306

A National Theatre of Scotland recording, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, composed by Gareth Williams with lyrics by Oliver Emanuel. Performed by Emma Connell Smith, Stewart Webster, Sonia Cromarty, Steve Cooper, Aisling O’Dea, Elias Rooney, Wendy Somerville, Kirsty Findlay, Paige Peddie, Connie MacFarlane, Bethany Tennick, Amanda Wilkin and Peter Hannah,Continue reading “Lost Light : Music from the 306”

Elling Finds Somewhere to Shine with Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

The stars align on the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s new video. With music by one of America’s greatest composers, Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by master wordsmith Stephen Sondheim, Somewhere is a classic vehicle for one of the most distinctive and most beautifully toned singers of the current age, Kurt Elling. Written for the multi-award-winning romanticContinue reading “Elling Finds Somewhere to Shine with Scottish National Jazz Orchestra”

Album Selection for October

Barbara Dickson       Time Is Going Faster            Chariot           Out Now Over a year in the making, Barbara Dickson’s new album reflects the care that has been put into it over that period of time. Nick Holland’s production puts a shimmer of gloss over proceedings, and brings out the best of the material underneath. Strong material, too,Continue reading “Album Selection for October”

Top Keyboardist Reveals What Lies Between the Lines

Scottish pianist and keyboards player Steve Hamilton has used the enforced inactivity of lockdown to record his first solo album, Between the Lines. Like musicians across the world, Steve had all his work, including international tours with drumming legend Billy Cobham’s band, cancelled at a stroke in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Having appearedContinue reading “Top Keyboardist Reveals What Lies Between the Lines”

Transatlantic Connection Inspires Fiery Orchestral Manoeuvres

Feistiness, defiance, creativity, and down-home gospel-blues grooves fire up the latest video “single” from the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Courage: Jeep on 35°. Featuring special guest, Chicagoan vocalist Kurt Elling, the video is the orchestra’s third release during the pandemic and captures singer and orchestra in exuberant form in front of an enthusiastic Glasgow audience atContinue reading “Transatlantic Connection Inspires Fiery Orchestral Manoeuvres”

Edinburgh TRADFEST Announces Its New ‘SPOTLIGHT’ Season

EDINBURGH TRADFEST ANNOUNCES ITS NEW ‘SPOTLIGHT’ SEASON Edinburgh Tradfest’s new Spotlight season kicks off this month with four new video concerts released online. Kicking off the season will be the legendary, multi-award winning Old Blind Dogs (Mon 12 Oct), playing some of their old favourites, (including the much-loved Earl O March’s Daughter and the Twa Corbies), plus some yet to beContinue reading “Edinburgh TRADFEST Announces Its New ‘SPOTLIGHT’ Season”