Arts & Ents Opinion

  • 14 February 2015

    Tomorrow afternoon Edinburgh's Usher Hall has the first of its Symphonies For Sundays of 2015.

  • 14 February 2015

    At the announcement last week of the concerts and recitals programme for this year's Edinburgh International Festival, several things caught my eye, particularly the number of orchestral works on the programme which are "about" something, whether they have a story to tell or, pictorially, scenes to evoke and images to conjure.

  • 7 February 2015

    When he stood before a capacity house in the Dunard Library at The Hub in Edinburgh on Tuesday, the new director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Fergus Linehan, revealed that there had been some discussion about whether his address would be as curt as that of Brian McMaster or as prolix as Jonathan Mills.

  • 31 January 2015

    When the final box-office figures are revealed after this closing weekend of the 2015 event, it will be unsurprising if Celtic Connections does not have a new record to report.

  • 31 January 2015

    I've spent some time over the last week trawling through my books, trying to pin down a particular incident in the life of Clara Schumann, while promising myself, for the umpteenth time, that when I have some spare cash I must buy a copy of the diaries Clara kept during her marriage to the composer Robert Schumann.

  • 24 January 2015

    Just over a year ago, and unbeknownst to most of us who live on the banks of the upper Forth, glamour-lad and former football personality David Beckham dropped by the corner of Clackmannanshire where I live and entertained the workers at the Diageo whisky works and cooperage with his merry badinage.

  • 24 January 2015

    I've deferred my planned notion for today's column because, for a few weeks now, I've been a bit preoccupied with something else, namely the recent passing of the highly esteemed music writer and author Michael Kennedy, who died at the age of 88 on the last day of December.

  • 17 January 2015

    I got well-nobbled 10 days ago at the RSNO's Viennese Gala in Perth when a rather mischievous reader remarked that I had "copped out" of selecting a "highlight performance" of 2014 by saying that it was the wrong time to judge as all the orchestras were in fact just approaching mid-season.

  • 10 January 2015
  • 10 January 2015

    I find myself almost awash at the moment with new and recent CDs that, to some extent and one way or another, feature arrangements or transcriptions of a variety of pieces of music.

  • 5 January 2015

    Beguiled by the twin emotions of repulsion and morbid fascination that the rock god Elvis Presley, had his life not been cut short at the age of 42 way back in 1977, would have been 80 on Thursday, the world is preparing to go a little crazy.

  • 3 January 2015

    Last week in this space I alluded, parenthetically, to having been in the right place at the right time to hear about Glasgow's appointment as European City of Culture 1990.