Arts & Ents Opinion

  • 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.

  • 25 October 2014

    The idea for the Homeless World Cup was dreamed up in a South African bar during the 2001 conference of the International Network of Street Papers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 15 August 2014

    The tale has the air of the apocryphal, but it is said that an early performance of Sir David Lyndsay's Ane Satyre Of The Thrie Estaitis was greeted with an ecstatic cry from one audience member of "Whaur's yer Wullie Shakespeare noo?"

  • 15 August 2014

    I was extremely interested to note that pianist Andras Schiff is appearing at this year's Festival where, in the Usher Hall, he'll play a mixed programme of sonatas by Beethoven, Bartok, Janacek and Schubert.

  • 8 August 2014

    Most countries embrace wry tropes about the national character of the "of course we Finns are really miserable" variety, but generally it is all done with the equivalent of a Gallic shrug or a Teutonic wink.