Two contrasting performances. Went to St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh on Friday 24th August to see the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.
It was lovely. They performed a new piece by Paul Mealor - who has shot to fame since the Military Wives choir and the Royal wedding.
"Crucifixus, Six (or is it seven? I've seen it both ways?) Meditations upon the Prophecy and Passion of Our Lord" was absolutely stunning with the huge St Giles organ, the setting and the choir. Sounded almost like a pibroch at points. Big drones.
They also performed Faure Requiem.
On Saturday I went to see The Treacherous Orchestra - a young band of traditional musicians - but verging towards rock. Experimental and high energy. Excellent musicians. Here's a Youtube of some of it.
Coincidentally I was up at the Aberdeen University Open day today for my son - so naturally I popped into the music talk and asked about traditional music there. Also chatted to some music students who were the string quartet at the parents evening. Great playing.