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Scottish festival organisers told they may have to rely on crowdfunding in future

Festival and event organisers may have to rely on crowd-funding campaigns and donations from philanthropists to keep running in the face of the public spending squeeze, one of Scotland’s leading industry experts has warned.

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Alasdair Graham, of architects Chipperfield, and Sir Ewan Brown, chair of the Impact Trust, at the site of the new concert hall.

£45m Edinburgh concert hall to open up access to huge chunk of New Town

Edinburgh’s new £45 million concert hall will open up access to a huge swathe of little-known New Town squares, lanes, terraces and gardens, its backers have revealed.

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Midge Ure and exhibition curator Stephen Allen at the National Museum of Scotland today.

National Museum exhibition to chart history of Scottish pop music

The story of Scottish pop music over more than half a century is to be charted in a landmark exhibition.
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The BBC SSO

Music review: EIF 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert

It was appropriate for the final concert event of this landmark Edinburgh International Festival to forego the usual heavyweight choral/symphonic extravaganza and instead combine music from past programmes with reflective film clips. All the right ingredients were there: the BBC SSO in sparkling form under one of the most reliable conducting hands in the business, Martyn Brabbins; and high above them, a massive triple screen projection of old Festival footage, narrated by Jamie MacDougall, and featuring reminiscences by those whose memories go back even to 1947.

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Virgin Money Festival Fireworks PIC: Ian Georgeson Photography

Music review: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, Princes Street Gardens

On what turned out to be a clear night, the 70th Edinburgh International Festival came to a finale that resounded like none that had gone before it. A panoply of sparkling, fizzing colour that burst into the sky with an artistry which would have been astounding on its own was all the more impressive for how it co-ordinated with the music.

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From left to right, Giorgio Berrugi, Benjamin Cho, Simone del Savio and Nicola Ulivieri, from Teatro Regio Torino, perform La Boheme at the Festival Theatre PIC: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

A worthy La bohème for the 21st century

Opera review: La bohème, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

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This production of Verdi's Macbeth may have suffered from its staging but the music was a fitting tribute to Festival spirit

Edinburgh International Festival: The spirit of 1947 plays on

In this anniversary year, the Festival’s staging of Verdi’s Macbeth was, of course, a tribute to its performance way back in 1947.

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Music review: Jazz at the Movies

Music review: Jazz at the Movies

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Kerry-Jo Hodgkin first heard Lady Sings the Blues from her father’s record of the Billie Holiday biopic soundtrack featuring Diana Ross.

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Music review: Mozart Arranged: Brecon Baroque & Rachel Podger

Music review: Mozart Arranged: Brecon Baroque & Rachel Podger

Edinburgh International Festival: Rachel Podger, one of the finest exponents of the baroque violin, and her band Breacon Baroque gave a dazzling performance of two seldom-heard Mozart chamber works in the intimate surroundings of St Cecilia’s Hall.

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Music review: Venera Gimadieva & Pavel Nebolsin

Music review: Venera Gimadieva & Pavel Nebolsin

Edinburgh International Festival: Fast-rising Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva has a voice you can wallow in – alive with silvery sparkle but strong on substance too, and with a remarkable way of conveying a song’s storytelling that takes you straight to the opera house.

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Music review: Joshua Bell/Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Music review: Joshua Bell/Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: We’re getting an all-round picture of US superstar violinist Joshua Bell, resident artist at this year’s International Festival.

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Lecture review: Alfred Brendel – My Musical Life

Lecture review: Alfred Brendel – My Musical Life

Edinburgh International Festival: Alfred Brendel is one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, only retiring from the concert platform in 2008.

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Music review: Mariinsky Orchestra & Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Valery Gergiev

Music review: Mariinsky Orchestra & Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Valery Gergiev

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: For one night only the Mariinsky Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra came together to share the Usher Hall stage, all under the galvanising baton of conductor Valery Gergiev.

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Early, classical, contemporary, folk - it's all fuel for guitarist Sean Shibe. Picture: Kaupo Kikkas

Music review: SoftLOUD

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Sean Shibe is a Jekyll and Hyde of guitarists – in the best possible sense. His SoftLOUD show, which was premiered at this summer’s East Neuk Festival, switches from the acoustic delicacy of ancient Scots music to an (almost literally) stunning sonic maelstrom of multi-tracked electric guitars.

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Countertenor 
Iestyn Davies perrformed Bach's church cantatas. Picture: Benjamin Ealovega

Music review: Iestyn Davies Sings Bach 2 with the Academy of Ancient Music

Edinburgh International Festival: “An affectionate look at nationalities through horses” has got to be one of the more unusual introductions to a Festival repertoire.

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Ryan Young plays with grace and power, remaining true to Scots fiddle tradition.

Music review: Ryan Young (with Jenn Butterworth)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Ryan Young cuts a slight, faintly elfin figure, stooped intently to his fiddle beneath the ornately domed grandeur of the Merchants’ Hall.

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Music review: Verdi’s Requiem

Music review: Verdi’s Requiem

Edinburgh International Festival: It’s become a cliché to say that in his Requiem, Verdi transplanted the drama of the opera house into the church – or, in this case, the concert hall.

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Music review: Kristian Bezuidenhout, Shunske Sato and Jonathan Cohen

Music review: Kristian Bezuidenhout, Shunske Sato and Jonathan Cohen

Edinburgh International Festival: Mozart described his Piano Trio in E major K542 as a “new sonata for the pianoforte with the accompaniment of a violin and violincello” leaving no doubt about which instrument he favoured.

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Music review: Room 29

Music review: Room 29

Edinburgh International Festival: When you are handed a key and invited to join Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and pianist Chilly Gonzales in Room 29 of the Chateau Marmont hotel, the legendary Sunset Strip playground of the rich and famous, it would be rude not to join the party.

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Music review: Trio Zimmermann

Music review: Trio Zimmermann

Edinburgh International Festival: It was an unapologetically serious-minded, even cerebral, programme that Trio Zimmermann brought to the Queen’s Hall.

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