Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Semi Final #1 at Edinburgh International Festival.


A major constituent of the magic of Edinburgh in August is the sheer variety of stuff to see.  I’ve done dance, theatre, comedy and music so far.  But this was competition.

Once again it was peacefully protested  by a Palestinian support group – because Israeli Cellist, Tamir Naaman-Pery was taking part.

Presented in conjunction with BBC Arts and broadcast live on that channel and on Radio 3 it was magical.

Three 20 minute performances by Maltese pianist Bernice Sammut Attard, British Cellist vMaxim Calver and Spanish violinist Sara Valencia were all superb but, for us, the stand out was Sara Valencia whose technical excellence was indisputable.  What a talent.

There were six of these.  We only saw one but it was a great hour to spend on a Saturday afternoon.


(The final is on Thursday in the Usher Hall, if it’s not sold out I’d recommend it heartily.)