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.
An incredible year of live music in Dundee was rounded off in rousing style by Scots icons Craig and Charlie Reid.
With all the furore that’s engulfing Europe politically, it’s good to see that the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France is still in good shape. Musically speaking, that is.
Always expect the unexpected when it come to the Scottish Ensemble. In fact, even the expected can take you by surprise.
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?