Edinburgh Festival

EIF music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ The International Festival’s music programme has little to offer children, so the SCO’s new Family Concert is a great initiative. Children are the most demanding of audiences and it is hard work to keep their attention so Tom Redmond, animateur …

EIF music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★ The International Festival’s music programme has little to offer children, so the SCO’s new Family Concert is a great initiative. Children are the most demanding of audiences and it is hard work to keep their attention so Tom Redmond, animateur …

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September 2, 2015

Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert - in photos

The Virgin Money Fireworks Concert signalled the end of Edinburgh Festival season by filling the sky above the Scottish capital with colour last night. Around 250,000 spectators watched the event, with onlookers filling Princes Street Gardens, the surrounding streets and city parks to enjoy the annual finale to the Edinburgh International Festival. The concert drew to a …

City Photos EIF Blog September 1, 2015

Music review: Aceh Meukondroe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Aceh Meukondroe, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ Indonesian eight-piece band Kande are like a force of nature. Using guitars, the crack and thump of four rapa’i frame drums and delirious vocals from frontman Rafly, their music – somewhere between qawwali on speed and raw early 1960s pop – …

Music review: Aceh Meukondroe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Aceh Meukondroe, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ Indonesian eight-piece band Kande are like a force of nature. Using guitars, the crack and thump of four rapa’i frame drums and delirious vocals from frontman Rafly, their music – somewhere between qawwali on speed and raw early 1960s pop – …

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August 31, 2015

Comedy review: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ashley Davies ★★★★ AS STEVIE Martin, Tessa Coates and Liz Smith bounce on stage, we are given a computer game-style introduction about each one’s strengths and weaknesses, but rather than having their combat specialities summarised for us, the …

Comedy review: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Ashley Davies ★★★★ AS STEVIE Martin, Tessa Coates and Liz Smith bounce on stage, we are given a computer game-style introduction about each one’s strengths and weaknesses, but rather than having their combat specialities summarised for us, the …

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August 31, 2015

Theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★ Letters home from the front by 12 different men sit at the heart of this monologue with music. Envelopes lie scattered around the stage, expectantly, picked up one at a time by actor Jesper Arin. The letters themselves are real, …

Theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Beethoven in Stalingrad, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★ Letters home from the front by 12 different men sit at the heart of this monologue with music. Envelopes lie scattered around the stage, expectantly, picked up one at a time by actor Jesper Arin. The letters themselves are real, …

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August 31, 2015

EIF music review: Arcanto Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Arcanto Quartet at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ The all-star Arcanto Quartet is made up of four internationally recognised string soloists – so a recital from the group always raises the issue of individual versus corporate expression. In their blistering Queen’s Hall recital, they got to …

EIF music review: Arcanto Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Arcanto Quartet at Queen’s Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle ★★★★ The all-star Arcanto Quartet is made up of four internationally recognised string soloists – so a recital from the group always raises the issue of individual versus corporate expression. In their blistering Queen’s Hall recital, they got to …

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August 31, 2015

EIF music review: San Francisco Symphony 1

Edinburgh International Festival music review: San Francisco Symphony 1 at the Usher Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls ★★★★ One almost needs sunglasses when listening to the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) as their distinctive sound is so bright and dazzling. Together with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra delivered a superlative reading of Mahler’s …

EIF music review: San Francisco Symphony 1

Edinburgh International Festival music review: San Francisco Symphony 1 at the Usher Hall, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls ★★★★ One almost needs sunglasses when listening to the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) as their distinctive sound is so bright and dazzling. Together with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra delivered a superlative reading of Mahler’s …

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August 31, 2015

Music review: The Power of Music

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Power of Music, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★ The power of music to influence behaviour and affect mood is a subject ripe for exploration in a Fringe show, and John Groves – expert in “sound branding” and composer of countless earworm jingles – should be the man …

Music review: The Power of Music

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Power of Music, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★ The power of music to influence behaviour and affect mood is a subject ripe for exploration in a Fringe show, and John Groves – expert in “sound branding” and composer of countless earworm jingles – should be the man …

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August 28, 2015

Theatre review: 1972: The Future Of Sex

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 1972: The Future Of Sex, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★★ Fashions come and go but the sexual angst and confused ­identity issues of teenagers remain constant through the ages. That’s the unpretentiously wise and curiously comforting message of this likeable comedy-drama, in which various 1970s teens fumble awkwardly …

Theatre review: 1972: The Future Of Sex

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 1972: The Future Of Sex, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★★ Fashions come and go but the sexual angst and confused ­identity issues of teenagers remain constant through the ages. That’s the unpretentiously wise and curiously comforting message of this likeable comedy-drama, in which various 1970s teens fumble awkwardly …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Al Murray: The Pub Landlord’s Summer Saloon

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Al Murray: The Pub Landlord’s Summer Saloon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★★★ Al Murray has inhabited his Pub Landlord alter ego for so long – more than 20 years and counting – it’s no wonder he’s so at ease in that trademark blazer and crested shirt. What’s more …

Comedy review: Al Murray: The Pub Landlord’s Summer Saloon

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Al Murray: The Pub Landlord’s Summer Saloon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★★★ Al Murray has inhabited his Pub Landlord alter ego for so long – more than 20 years and counting – it’s no wonder he’s so at ease in that trademark blazer and crested shirt. What’s more …

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August 28, 2015

Music review: Township voices

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Township Voices, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★★ Some 30 singers take the stage, brightly clad young men and women singing softly and ­wordlessly. That mellifluous murmur builds into an overwhelming swell of voices as the 30-strong Dloko High School Choir becomes an all-singing, all-dancing human wave and they …

Music review: Township voices

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Township Voices, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jim Gilchrist. ★★★★ Some 30 singers take the stage, brightly clad young men and women singing softly and ­wordlessly. That mellifluous murmur builds into an overwhelming swell of voices as the 30-strong Dloko High School Choir becomes an all-singing, all-dancing human wave and they …

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August 28, 2015

EIF music review: Zehetmair Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Zehetmair Quartet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ The Zehetmair Quartet gave one of the International Festival’s freshest, most bracing recitals so far, with each musical gesture – and there were plenty of flamboyant ones – seeming to come from an inner impulse, as though the music simply had …

EIF music review: Zehetmair Quartet

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Zehetmair Quartet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ The Zehetmair Quartet gave one of the International Festival’s freshest, most bracing recitals so far, with each musical gesture – and there were plenty of flamboyant ones – seeming to come from an inner impulse, as though the music simply had …

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August 28, 2015

EIF music review: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: The Mutter Virtuosi

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: The Mutter Virtuosi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter drew on baroque and contemporary repertoire to show off the talented young string players in The Mutter Virtuosi. Three violinists had the chance to play a movement each with her in Bach’s Concerto …

EIF music review: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: The Mutter Virtuosi

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: The Mutter Virtuosi, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Susan Nickalls. ★★★★ Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter drew on baroque and contemporary repertoire to show off the talented young string players in The Mutter Virtuosi. Three violinists had the chance to play a movement each with her in Bach’s Concerto …

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August 28, 2015

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 9

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 9, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★ To say Rudolf Buchbinder’s EIF Beethoven piano sonata cycle has raised a few eyebrows would be an understatement. So the stakes were high for his concluding recital in the series, and a back-to-back offering of the composer’s final three …

EIF music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 9

Edinburgh International Festival music review: Rudolf Buchbinder: Beethoven 9, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★ To say Rudolf Buchbinder’s EIF Beethoven piano sonata cycle has raised a few eyebrows would be an understatement. So the stakes were high for his concluding recital in the series, and a back-to-back offering of the composer’s final three …

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August 28, 2015

Comedy review: Thrones! The Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Thrones! The Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ The idea of a musical based on gruesome, sordid, wilfully complex fantasy drama Game Of Thrones is a funny idea in theory; the idea of a musical based on anything is funny in theory. But in the coldly-slick hands of …

Comedy review: Thrones! The Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Thrones! The Musical, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ The idea of a musical based on gruesome, sordid, wilfully complex fantasy drama Game Of Thrones is a funny idea in theory; the idea of a musical based on anything is funny in theory. But in the coldly-slick hands of …

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August 27, 2015

Music review: The Jazz Rites of Spring

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Jazz Rites of Spring, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ It really shouldn’t work, but it does, and brilliantly. Igor Stravinsky arguably set the tone for all the angular, dissonant modernist music of the 20th century with his 1913 The Rite of Spring and famously caused a riot …

Music review: The Jazz Rites of Spring

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: The Jazz Rites of Spring, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Kettle. ★★★★★ It really shouldn’t work, but it does, and brilliantly. Igor Stravinsky arguably set the tone for all the angular, dissonant modernist music of the 20th century with his 1913 The Rite of Spring and famously caused a riot …

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August 27, 2015

Theatre review: The Dream Sequentialists

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Dream Sequentialists, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr. ★★ A team of goblins, under the leadership of Foreman Snorewell, spends its time producing high-quality dreams for an elite clientele in this manic, muddled and rather confusing piece of theatre. And when one rebellious goblin creates the first nightmare, chaos …

Theatre review: The Dream Sequentialists

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: The Dream Sequentialists, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr. ★★ A team of goblins, under the leadership of Foreman Snorewell, spends its time producing high-quality dreams for an elite clientele in this manic, muddled and rather confusing piece of theatre. And when one rebellious goblin creates the first nightmare, chaos …

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August 27, 2015
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