Once upon a time a little girl called Nicola Benedetti started learning to play the violin, never dreaming that one day she would become one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation.
Like every other teenage girl in the early 1970s, a young West Lothian lass called Susan Boyle enjoyed nothing more than putting her Donny Osmond records on repeat, and singing and dancing with a hairbrush in front of the mirror.
When Olly Murs auditioned for the sixth series of The X Factor back in 2009, performing Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, Simon Cowell said it was “the easiest yes I’ve ever given”.
One of the highlights in Scotland’s cultural calendar, Perth Festival of the Arts opens on Monday.
Sistema Scotland is a charity on a mission – and it’s coming to Dundee this autumn. Named after the Venezuelan El Sistema orchestra movement, the pioneering charity’s vision is to transform young lives through music.
Friday night and the lights are low and Rothes Halls is the place to go: celebrate the Swedish super group’s biggest selling hit Dancing Queen’s 40th anniversary in sequin-spangled style.
Fife gets a swing in its step as the 11th Fife Jazz Festival comes to venues, big and small, across the Kingdom. The impressive line-up includes something for all tastes, from jazz enthusiasts to those looking to dip into jazz for the first time.
As Dundee celebrates its 38th Jazz Festival, Caroline Lindsay discovers that a whole raft of talent – homegrown and international – will be descending on Courier Country next week
Tolbooth Stirling, September 27, 8pm; Birnam Arts September 28, 8pm; Beat Generator Live! October 6, 8pm
Perth Concert Hall’s fourth season of Perth Piano Sundays launches this weekend with a UK exclusive concert programme from American pianist Jeremy Denk, renowned as one of the most exciting and creative artists of our time.