Venue: The Queen's Hall
‘Touched with genius’ (Times Square Chronicles). Superb new show from critically acclaimed album of the same name. Magnificent, mesmerising and magical Barb Jungr. ‘Every singer in New York could learn from her’ (Wall St Journal).
Venue: Spiegel Tent - Teatro
Batchelors of Jazz Palazzo Spiegeltent 6.00-7.30pm Price - £12 (plus 50p per ticket booking fee) Trombonist and singer, Dave Batchelor, runs one of the most entertaining traditional jazz bands in Scotland. Classic dixieland jazz played with real verve and rhythmic punch by some of Scotland's finest jazz musicians: Colin Steele (trumpet), Hamish McGregor (saxes/clarinet). Fraser Spiers (harmonica), Alastair MacDonald (banjo), Ronnie Rae (bass) and Ken Mathieson (drums).
Venue: Royal Over-Seas League
Beethoven and contemporaries. Includes The Busch Ensemble, Cavaleri and Rothko String Quartets plus Ben Baker, violin, Yelian He, cello, and pianists Ashley Fripp, Yasmin Rowe and Ben Schoeman. Different artists and programmes each concert. Tea/coffee, pastries included.
Venue: Usher Hall
Beethoven Prometheus Scottish Chamber Orchestra René Jacobs Conductor Haydn Symphony No 104 ‘London’Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus Celebrated Belgian early-music conductor René Jacobs rejects the academic coolness of some period performance in favour of bright colours, dramatic energy and a sometimes unconventional approach. While remaining faithful to his music’s historical roots, Jacobs emphasises emotion and meaning, finding fresh perspectives on well-known pieces – an ideal match for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s respected reputation in this repertoire. Together they perform the last of Haydn’s ‘London’ symphonies, a work of splendour and grandeur whose final movement evokes the cries from the capital’s street hawkers that the composer found so memorable. Beethoven based his ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus on the Greek fire-stealing myth, and its story is conveyed in bold music full of drama and verve. Sunday 25 August 7.30pmUsher Hall Tickets£42 £35 £26 £24 £17 £12 2 hours approximately eif.co.uk/prometheus
Venue: The Queen's Hall
Bernarda Fink Mezzo sopranoAnthony Spiri Piano Songs by Schumann, Mahler, Debussy and Falla Eloquence and elegance characterise Argentinian-born mezzo soprano Bernarda Fink’s raptuorously received recitals. Acclaimed both for her golden-toned voice and for her subtle characterisations, Fink offers vivid, deeply expressive song performances. With her regular recital partner, US-born pianist Anthony Spiri, she traces a journey from the sombre, emotionally complex Lenau-Lieder of Schumann through to the joyful, folk-inspired Seven PopularSpanish Songs by Manuel de Falla. In between, she contrasts vivid settings from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler with Debussy’s evocative Trois mélodies, dreamy settings of poems by Paul Verlaine. ‘Fink’s mezzo tone is like velvet’ The Herald, Festival 2009 This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Tuesday 13 August 11.00amThe Queen’s Hall Tickets£29 £26 £21 £17.50 £11 £8 1 hour 45 minutes approximately eif.co.uk/fink-spiri
Venue: Underbelly, Cowgate
From the esteemed roster of clubnights at Edinburgh’s Bongo Club, a choice selection of the best nights in town during August, with Confusion Is Sex, Four Corners, Messenger Sound System, Mumbo Jumbo, Soulsville. Open until 5:00am.
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
This remarkable critically acclaimed show charts the spectacular, unique and surprising life of 80's icon Hazel O'Connor. A candid and moving account of her life through words and music from her unforgettable catalogue of hit songs.
Venue: The Jazz Bar
A rare chance to see this legendary Zimbabwean guitarist perform songs from his forthcoming album. Kagona's ‘sunny, intricate guitar lines whose easy sparkle belie formidable technical prowess’ (Scotsman) are sure to make you dance!
Big band hits to make your weekend go with a swing. Classic instrumentals from the big band era and laid-back vocals so hot they're cool. If swing's your thing, don't miss it. www.swingsensation.co.uk