Edinburgh College Music Box Summer Concert
On Thursday evening I was at the Queen's Hall for the Edinburgh College music department's summer concert. This one showcased the classical musicians: the pop ones had their own show the previous night at Electric Circus, at which my son and his band reprised highlights of his degree recital. He featured in Thursday's show too, sitting in the back playing drums for the Big Band and cahon for the Folk Group (who did one of his compositions as well). OK, yes, proud father, guilty as charged.
The concert was very good, with material ranging from part of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas to the arrangement of The Best Is Yet To Come that Quincy Jones made for Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra. Singer in that, and a couple of other numbers, was Stephen Duffy, presenter of BBC Scotland's Jazz House and also compere of Thursday's concert. I would have to say that his set with the band was the high point of the evening. I didn't know him before, probably because when the Jazz House goes out I'm usually rehearsing, but he was really good. As of course were the band.
Pats on the back all round to the staff and students at Edinburgh College's Music Box.