Arts & Ents Opinion

  • 26 July 2014

    Whether what the world saw on the television from Celtic Park on Wednesday night was a good and true reflection of Glasgow will be debated long and often.

  • 26 July 2014

    I took a break at the beginning of the month and found myself setting off on a wee adventure of musical exploration to which I will devote today's short space.

  • 20 July 2014

    SHE is one of the country's all-time most successful sportswomen, but a cursory trawl on Google before meeting Rebecca Adlington makes for disheartening reading.

  • 19 July 2014

    It would be disingenuous of me to pretend that I am full of anticipation for the opening ceremonials of the XXth Commonwealth Games, and I know I am not alone in being less than hugely excited by the prospect of the opportunity to Celebrate in the company of Lulu, Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle.

  • 19 July 2014

    To suggest that the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland is on a roll this summer, right through July and dipping into August, risks understatement.

  • 12 July 2014

    I watched, once again, Dick Lester's unbeatable 1964 movie A Hard Day's Night on television last weekend but I missed the latest Beatles jukebox musical Let It Be when it rolled through Glasgow a couple of months back.

  • 5 July 2014

    Being an obedient and rule-respecting parent, I always waited until after the end of the school term to head off on holiday, although the window for sunshine for someone whose work demands attendance in Edinburgh from before the start of August is clearly limited.

  • 28 June 2014

    Back in late May, after swithering, I accepted an invitation to attend a semi-private function in Glasgow.

  • 25 June 2014

    When Arts and Business Scotland welcomes guests to its "celebration" of another year of New Arts Sponsorship (NAS) grants at The Hub in Edinburgh this evening, it will be doing more than acknowledging a crucial fund-matching scheme that has now added over £6 million to support for the arts in Scotland since 2006, over £2.5m coming from the Scottish Government.

  • 21 June 2014

    I am not sure they receive the recognition they deserve, but there are among the staff at Glasgow Life a posse of young women who are often the city's best advertisement.

  • 21 June 2014

    A week past Thursday, as part of our coverage of the Cottier Chamber Project, I reviewed a performance of the Piano Trio written by the late Thomas Wilson, one of Scotland's most revered composers, who lived just round the corner from Cottier's.

  • 14 June 2014

    When Fergus Linehan, director designate of the Edinburgh International Festival, revealed that he planned to synchronise his dates to coincide with the Fringe from 2015, my first, mischievous question was whether he'd like to see the Edinburgh International Film Festival also restored to synchronicity in August.

  • 14 June 2014

    I have a terrific piece of news this week for lovers of chamber music.