Arts & Ents Opinion

  • 12 April 2014

    The opening of the Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art on Wednesday was the ideal place to canvas opinion on the proposal to kick off the 20th Commonwealth Games by demolishing the Red Road tower blocks.

  • 12 April 2014

    LAST week I had an idle moment (a rarity, I assure you, he said hastily) and decided to browse, in an unhurried way, through some concert listings and brochures to get some idea of what was coming up and what was around the corner.

  • 7 April 2014

    Andrew Crumey and Sarah Dry

  • 5 April 2014

    This past week, a colleague approvingly compared the new material on the third album by Scots songwriter Paolo Nutini with the phenomenally successful Back To Black album by Amy Winehouse, quickly adding she had immediately sent up a prayer for the young Paisley chap when the thought had occurred.

  • 29 March 2014

    SEVERAL weeks ago, I earmarked this slot for some consideration of a single piece of music, and not an epic.

  • 29 March 2014

    Looking at the growth figures reported by Scotland's orchestras this past week, as the BBC SSO, RSNO and SCO launched the programmes for their 2014/15 seasons, you can see why any smart government would want to be associated with the creative industries.

  • 8 March 2014

    So how tough and forbidding is the music of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and is there any of it that is accessible to the common man and music lover?

  • 8 March 2014

    One of the chief joys of my particular job in the vast smorgasbord of modern journalistic endeavour is that I can range in a cavalier fashion across the cultural spectrum, unlike colleagues who specialise in particular branches of the arts as critics of dance, drama, music and pictures.

  • 1 March 2014

    There has recently been an unusual amount of activity in the career of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, largely coincidental, I suspect, but drawing attention to the grand old man of British music, and suggesting that some broad consideration of his stature, status and significance might be due.

  • 22 February 2014

    Only during Glasgow's reign as UK City of Architecture and Design (15 years ago, it grieves me to note) did we have extra space to devote to those topics in The Herald's arts coverage, but the cultural sector continues to drive some of the most eye-catching developments in our built heritage.

  • 22 February 2014

    We have known for some time that the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Afternoon Performance series of 2pm City Hall concerts has been a success in drawing audiences, and has developed its own niche:

  • 21 February 2014

    Music and politics came together this week when David Bowie urged Scotland to remain united with Britain during his acceptance speech, delivered by Kate Moss, at the Brit Awards.