Despite having driven past The Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links, many times over the years, I had never eaten there. I confess to having been a little put off by the modern banqueting suite, partly obscuring the roadside view of the traditional gray stone manor house, and the signage referencing the hotel’s wedding and conference trade.
It started with a “B” and ended with a “C” but a whole alphabet of superlatives could be attributed to the performance of pianist Richard Goode at his recital in the Perth Concert hall on Sunday. Excellent, intuitive, inspired, masterful. All these perfectly fit the bill.
I used to advocate a change of format for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Christmas concert but realised that the Snowman was there for keeps, fixed in stone in the RSNO annual programming.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Dundee Symphony Orchestra it was right that this venerable and vital institution had invited along as beneficiary Big Noise Douglas to play from the stage of the Caird Hall at the start of their concert.
My Granny was a piano accompanist for silent movies in the 1920s and while I inherited some musicality through the generations, one specific gene missed me. That is the skill to accompany through improvisation. You can’t be taught it as it’s an instinctive art and I envy and applaud those who can.
Two for the price of one pretty well summarises the programme for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's performance in Perth’s Concert Hall. The orchestra placated those with a more instrumental frame of mind in the first half, while the second catered for those with a more choral preference.
Wagner at his most romantic, Schumann at his melodic best and Beethoven up to his cheeky inventive self. What’s not to like?
Wagner at his most romantic, Schumann at his melodic best and Beethoven up to his cheeky inventive self. What’s there not to like?
What a beautiful time of year to be outside, especially on a farm while the fluffy lambs are skipping and everything looks so green and alive. I've been hearing rumours about a farm shop being developed at North Grange Farm, close to David Lloyd and Dobbies in Monifieth, and at last it has opened its doors.
If getting the chronology wrong with composers is the only thing the Scottish Chamber Orchestra got incorrect at their concert on Wednesday night in St Andrews’ Younger hall, it shows what lengths one must go pick the most miniscule fault in this orchestra’s make-up. Haydn before CPE Bach? Outrageous!