Liimo PIC: Isha Shah

Under the Radar: Liimo

Liimo – an abbreviation of a “little more” – are a fantastic young pop / R&B group from Edinburgh, now based in London. Thinking About It was released on Friday via B-Unique Records and marks Liimo’s sixth single release to date – listen at:

Conductor Kevin John Eduse stepped in at short notice. Picture: Marco Borggreve

Music review: BBC SSO, City Halls, Glasgow

IF Thursday’s BBC SSO programme was, in content, a mixed bag, so its performances ranged from high-voltage to the depths of weirdness. To be fair to German-born Kevin John Edusei, stepping in at short notice for the advertised conductor, he established a rapport that kept things mostly on a sure footing.

The Grit Orchestra

Celtic Connections review: GRIT Orchestra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

For the Opening Night of Celtic Connections 2020, the unstoppable force that is the Grit Orchestra, comprising 85 of Scotland’s most talented players across the classical, folk and jazz realms, returned to the scene of their debut triumph five years ago with their first brand new music – five commissions from six of their members and a new arrangement of an old song by festival director Donald Shaw, each inspired by the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Thea Musgrave

Music review: Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh

Since the demise of ECAT, contemporary music hasn’t enjoyed the same profile in Edinburgh. So kudos to ECME for delivering a programme to excite the ear and stretch the mind in their 15th anniversary showcase with new conductor Gordon Bragg. Claire McCue’s consummate double trombone concerto, In Pursuit, with the phenomenal soloists Davur Juul Magnusen and Simon Johnson was a dazzling tour de force.

Thomas Dausgaard

Music review: BBC SSO - Scottish Inspirations, City Halls, Glasgow

Amy Beach, born in 1867 in New Hampshire, was singing in tune by one, harmonising with her mother by two, and by four playing piano and composing with distinction. At 16 she made her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony, later marrying a man older than her father who insisted she give up performing but allowed her to compose, which she did prolifically – some 300 works – up to her death in 1944.

Karen Matheson

“It always evokes huge emotion” - Celtic Connections performers pick their favourite Burns songs

The legacy of Robert Burns will be celebrated at Celtic Connections’ Auld Lang Syne concert on 25 January, when Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson, Jarlath Henderson and Shona Donaldson perform some of the bard’s greatest works, accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. But the Ayrshire poet’s influence extends well beyond Burns Night, and his songs are loved by musicians performing across this year’s festival. Here Celtic Connections artists pick their favourites…

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