Created with Sketch. Artboard Created with Sketch. Created with Sketch.
West Side Story Ryan Buchanan 041

West Side Story wows

Blog

Last night Sir John Eliot Gardiner finally realised a 60+ year old dream as he conducted a concert performance of West Side Story at the Edinburgh International Festival. It was definitely worth the wait... 

Sensational. Unforgettable. Electric. Last night was the first of two concert performances of West Side Story at Usher Hall, featuring the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

By all accounts it was an incredible night and Usher Hall was packed to the rafters. 

The critics were wowed

unstoppable energy and incendiary passion

The Scotsman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

the orchestra played an absolute blinder

The Herald ⭐⭐⭐⭐

There were superlatives a-plenty

'Brilliant young cast delivered punch, passion and pathos in the story that speaks so powerfully to our divided times.' @DonaldMacleod01

'I suspect that the last time West Side Story was done that well was when Lenny himself conducted it for his Deutsche Grammophone recording in the 80's.' @luvselgar

'A night to remember always.' @FionaHyslop

'Sublime performance of West Side Story @edintfest spine tinglingly brilliant performances including the nycosians amongst the Sharks & Jets. Genuinely not enough superlatives.' @clairg

A few tears were shed

Tonight @edintfest @SCOmusic #WestSideStory lifted my heart, filled it with adrenalin infused and loved up Bernstein magic - then snapped it in two 💔  It's not like I don't know the ending but it gets me every time, tears were involved! Thank you all for a wonderful evening! @NTS_Stella


The man next to me summed up tonight’s performance of West Side Story very simply ‘sensational’. Amazing performances, response & lots of people had something in their eye.

@garethbeedie

And it's all happening again tonight!

This timeless love story will play out for a second night at Usher Hall, tonight at 8pm. 

Other news

blog

Creating the Festival Ambassadors

We're working with Leith Academy during a three-year residency designed to enrich the life of the school and as part of that, a group of students are acting as ambassadors of the partnership and overseeing all projects.

blog

You Are Here with Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Filmed as part of the You Are Here season at the 2019 International Festival, Serge Aimé Coulibaly improvises a dance provocation on an artist's impact on the world.

news

Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra to visit 2020 Edinburgh International Festival in celebration of Japan’s Olympic Summer

Announcement made as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs Fiona Hyslop visits Tokyo ahead of 2020 Olympic Games​​.

blog

Fireworks and Symphonie fantastique: The International Festival Finale

On Monday night the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert provided a fitting finale to the 2019 International Festival. Here's a look behind the scenes from some of the people who make the magic happen.