Actor and jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, appearing as Eleanor in American Lulu at the King's Theatre, presented this year's schools award to Sine Harris for her review of Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds at Edinburgh University's Talbot Rice Art Gallery.
Her review was selected to appear in the print edition of The Herald alongside that of Phil Miller, who had visited the school last term to talk to senior English students about criticism and the artist's work. Miller's involvement brought the number of Edinburgh schools in the scheme this year to five, as he joined Herald Critics Mary Brennan, Neil Cooper, Kate Molleson and myself in visiting schools in the capital before groups of young writers attended Festival shows. The other work published and in consideration for the Wee Cherub were by Isla Ratcliff of Broughton High School who heard the Tonhalle Orchestra play Brahms's Requiem, Sarah Tainsh of Royal High, who saw the Pan Pan Theater production of Samuel Beckett's All That Fall, Kaitlyn Chatwood of Leith Academy who wrote about Bang On A Can All-stars and John Ballantine from Portobello, who saw Korean dance show Madame Freedom.
The single Wee Cherub was the last announcement of this year's Angels with Dankworth also presenting five Angels for work that was part of this year's Edinburgh International Festival. They included one to Pat Fisher, curator of the university gallery for the Nam June Paik exhibition, which continues until October 19, and in part recreates the Korean artist's first solo show in Wuppertal in Germany 50 years ago.
The season of Beckett plays at the Festival, from the Gate and Pan Pan companies from Dublin were another Angel-winner, collected by the Gate's director Michael Colgan. On Saturday the Royal Lyceum saw the closing performances of Eh Joe with Micheal Gambon, First Love with Peter Egan and I'll Go On with Barry McGovern in what has been the theatrical highlight of this year's programme.
The concert of the music of Frank Zappa, John Cage and Edgard Varese by Ensemble musikFabrik of Cologne earned an Angel for percussionist Dirk Rothbrust and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard was awarded a Angel for his residency at the Festival with three concerts of music by Debussy and Ligeti at the Queen's Hall and with Marco Stroppa and Samuel Favre at The Hub.
The opera double-bill of Purcell's Dido And Aeneas and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle from Oper Frankfurt won an Angel for director Barrie Kosky.
Dankworth will be returning to Scotland in October for concerts with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and has a new album, Live To Love, out on September 30.