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Interview: Samantha Womack

News
One of James MacMillans newest works, Stabat Mater was unveiled

Music: The SCO, The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

It was a gratifyingly packed Queen’s Hall – and an expectant one – that had turned out to greet the Scottish unveiling of one of James MacMillan’s newest works. His hour-long Stabat Mater was premiered in London last October by crack choral group The Sixteen under Harry Christophers, and in the months since, this searingly intense, sometimes harrowing piece has clearly seeped into the singers’ souls – their Edinburgh performance, joined by the strings of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, was thoughtful, assured, and often overwhelming in its power.

Music
Edwyn Collins ranged across his 30-year career in a set of Scottish pop classics

Juicy lineup lets Collins rip it up live in 6 Music’s festival

MUSIC

Music
Marti Pellow showcased his new album plus some Wet Wet Wet oldies. Picture: Getty Images

Music: Marti Pellow

There’s an unresolved tension in the music career of Marti Pellow, between his obvious love of classic soul (predominantly the funky 1970s variety) and his natural tendency towards (G)Las Vegas cheesery, the latter stirring up feral pheromones around the hall, while the former found expression in material from his new solo album, Mysterious.

Music
Giuliano Contadini and Dreda Blow as Casanova and Bellino in Northern Ballets Casanova

Dance: Northern Ballet: Casanova

There is a moment in Kenneth Tindall’s impressive biographical ballet that sums up everything the choreographer is trying to achieve. Visited by a portrait painter, Giacomo Casanova poses in the way he feels most captures his spirit: clasping a piece of writing paper and looking scholarly.

Culture
Erin Wall Canadian opera soprano

Music: BBC SSO

Every conductor promotes his own enthusiasms. One passion of the BBC SSO’s Thomas Dausgaard is fellow Dane, Rued Langgaard, the so-called “lone composer” of 16 symphonies, 430 works in total, active during the first half of the 20th century, whose eccentric late Romantic style bears the mark of a hyperactive obsessive.

Music
The play, Jocky Wilson Said by Jane Livingstone and Jonathan Cairney, is based on an episode

in the life of the Scottish darts star, played by Grant O'Rourke

Celebration of the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

THEATRE

Theatre
Bruce Minto has spearheaded fundraising efforts for the National Museum of Scotland over the last decade.

Lawyer honoured for fundraising efforts for National Museum of Scotland

One of Scotland’s leading legal figures has been honoured for his efforts to transform the National Museum of Scotland over the last decade.

News

Is Scotland’s Jessie Mann the world’s first official female photographer?

IT is strongly believed that Jessie Mann, from Perth, is the first woman photographer.

News
Edwyn Collins PIC: Ian Rutherford

Music review: Edwyn Collins at the 6 Music Festival

In a city not known for a shortage of live music, it could be easy to get complacent about another festival, but audiences in Glasgow have a voracious appetite for gigs so the arrival of the 6 Music Festival, curated by the BBC’s digital station for alternative music, has been eagerly embraced, with prestigious gigs by Depeche Mode, Belle & Sebastian and The Shins and a tasty day programme of talks and performances at the Tramway still to come.

Books
The Sixteen

Music review: The SCO, The Sixteen & Harry Christophers

It was a gratifyingly packed Queen’s Hall – and an expectant one – that had turned out to greet the Scottish unveiling of one of James MacMillan’s newest works. His hour-long Stabat Mater was premiered in London last October by crack choral group The Sixteen under Harry Christophers, and in the months since, this searingly intense, sometimes harrowing piece has clearly seeped into the singers’ souls – their Edinburgh performance, joined by the strings of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, was thoughtful, assured, and often overwhelming in its power.

Music
Marti Pellow PIC: Martin Mccready

Music review: Marti Pellow

There’s an unresolved tension in the music career of Marti Pellow, between his obvious love of classic soul (predominantly the funky 1970s variety) and his natural tendency towards (G)Las Vegas cheesery, the latter stirring up feral pheromones around the hall, while the former found expression in material from his new solo album, Mysterious.

Music

44 Scotland Street: Waiting for Godot

It was unusual for Stuart and Irene Pollock to go out to dinner.

Books
Liz Magic Laser assembled a therapy group composed of actor participants with opposing political convictions. Picture: Contributed

Jupiter Artland launches course to soothe political stress

Art 1
From 1-21 April, children aged between 0-17 will be given a ticket if they introduce their favourite cuddly toy to reception staff. Picture: RYB

Kids get in free with cuddly toys at Royal Yacht Britannia

ROYAL Yacht Britannia officials are marking this year’s Easter Holidays by allowing kids in for free - providing they bring their favourite cuddly toy.

News
Filming for the new Avengers film is underway in Cockburn Street Edinburgh. Picture: W Marr/Deadline News

Avengers stars show off stunts on Cockburn Street

PICTURES from on location filming of the new Avengers movie in Edinburgh show a stuntwoman flying through the air and into a shop window.

News 2
Charlie Hunnam as Percival Fawcett in The Lost City of Z

Film reviews: The Lost City of Z | Mad To Be Normal | All This Panic | Age of Shadows | Eyes of My Mother

James Gray avoids many of the genre clichés in his biopic of a doomed explorer in The Lost City of Z, while All This Panic sweetly charts the growing pains of a group of Brooklyn girls

Film
Artist Nihad al Turk gives paintings to Leith School of Art charity auction.

Syrian refugee donates paintings in aid of Edinburgh art school

He was one of the first Syrians to arrive in Scotland in 2015 as refugees fled the war-torn country.

Art
Davie Bain, director of Calton Athletic, in Renton's bedroom. More than 300 items from T2 Trainspotting will go under the hammer to raise money for two charities, including Calton. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

T2 Trainspotting sets and props up for charity auction

It’s a unique opportunity to own a part of one of the biggest films ever produced in Scotland.

Film
The new pop-up Fringe venue will be unveiled at the Pleasance this summer.

New Meccano-style venue created for Edinburgh Fringe

A new “flat-pack” pop-up theatre venue is to make its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

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