Three Day Fringe Treat from Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson in Store

This August, for three performances only, two well-loved Scottish performers, each sublime in their own field, join up again as a duo to celebrate the return of the Fringe.  In their own unique blend of music and words, Carol Ann Duffy, who served as Poet Laureate from 2009 till 2019, and remains one of theContinue reading “Three Day Fringe Treat from Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson in Store”

Three Finalists of First Musical Commissioning Hub Call Out Announced

Capital Theatres and Pitlochry Festival Theatre are able to announce the three finalists of their first Musical Commissioning Hub call out. The judging panel, that comprised  Barbara Dickson, Kenny Wax, Aisha Khan, Ricky Ross, David Greig, Elizabeth Newman, Fiona Gibson, Katie Brayben, Matthew Xia, Robert Softley Gayle and Howard Goodall, were impressed  by the varietyContinue reading “Three Finalists of First Musical Commissioning Hub Call Out Announced”

Astounding Success for Outstanding Saxophonist Matt Carmichael

Saxophonist Matt Carmichael has become the first student on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland jazz course to win all three of the awards that the course presents at the end of the academic year. Carmichael, aged 22, who released his first album, Where Will the River Flow, to glowing reviews in March, has come outContinue reading “Astounding Success for Outstanding Saxophonist Matt Carmichael”

Scottish Ensemble and Social Bite Make a Summer Sandwich with Sound Bites

This summer, two different Scottish organisations, Scottish Ensemble and Social Bite, will team up at the upcoming music festival Live at No.40 to connect the enjoyment of shared food and music in their collaboration called Sound Bites. Advancing the shared commitment of the two otherwise diverse organisations, Social Bite will be supported with 10% ofContinue reading “Scottish Ensemble and Social Bite Make a Summer Sandwich with Sound Bites”

Calton Hill Alive with the Sound of the National Youth Choir of Scotland

The dawn chorus on the Calton Hill had some company on Monday 17th May!  Taking advantage of the easing of restrictions that allow up to 30 people to gather outside to sing, 29 singers from the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS)   gathered with their conductor Christopher Bell to be the first to sing inContinue reading “Calton Hill Alive with the Sound of the National Youth Choir of Scotland”

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”