Arts & Ents Opinion

  • 13 December 2014

    Just as the pews are filled for Watchnight services on Christmas Eve with folk who never darken the doors of a church through the rest of the year, so Scotland's theatres see people at panto-time who have not crossed the threshold since the previous Christmas show.

  • 9 December 2014

    Now, few actors in Scotland merit an exclamation mark intro.

  • 6 December 2014

    The obvious fallacy that Americans don??t understand irony was given some credence in the 1970s by the conviction of some radio stations in the US that Scotland??s Average White Band must be black.

  • 15 November 2014

    If you were looking forward to hearing renowned Stockhausen pianist Nicolas Hodges (whose performances of the great iconoclast's music were highly rated by Karlheinz Stockhausen himself) play Nos 12 and 13 of the composer's Klavierstucke in Glasgow this evening, hopefully you are already aware that the concert is cancelled.

  • 8 November 2014

    The mid-1870s was a troubling period for Norway's pre-eminent composer Edvard Grieg.

  • 1 November 2014

    A week ago I sat in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall puzzling over conductor Thomas Sondergard's curiously inside-out presentation of his programme of music by Richard Strauss, Beethoven and Bartok.

  • 24 October 2014

    Stirling may have a castle that is every bit as splendid as Edinburgh's and a place in Scottish history that is second to none, but it was always on a bit of hiding to nothing this year.

  • 17 October 2014

    This coming week concludes for me with what teachers probably don't call su­pra-curriculum activities, i.e., stuff I'll be at, wearing my Herald arts editor's hat (a natty fez, since you ask), but not behaving in a journalistic newsgathering fashion.

  • 10 October 2014

    At the end of this month - the announcement is expected on October 29 - Scotland's arts companies, festivals, groups and galleries will learn which of them has been successful in securing regular funding from Creative Scotland.

  • 19 September 2014

    If violinist Laura Samuel, previously co-founder of the award-winning Belcea Quartet, had any misconceptions about the varied life she would have as leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, well, she kens noo.

  • 5 September 2014

    WELL, folks, the long wait is nearly over.

  • 29 August 2014

    Immediately after the very strong opening weekend of this year's Edinburgh International Festival, Harry Reid dusted off a series of old canards about the capital and its annual jamboree that I really should not let pass without comment before the event concludes.