Published On: Fri, Feb 17th, 2017 at 2:37pm

Five things to do in Edinburgh in the next five days

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18 February 2017 at Assembly Rooms the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert with a difference. This one is for families and there will be pre-concert activities from 10.30 with performances at 12.00 and 2.30pm. Ticket details here. 

Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick at Soundhouse on 22 February 2017.

Martin Carthy brings with him long time collaborator John Kirkpatrick.

These two leading interpreters of English folk traditions – folk guitarist/singer Carthy and squeezebox virtuoso/singer Kirkpatrick – have worked together in a variety of seminal musical projects: from John’s iconic 1976 Morris tunes album Plain Capers through Steeleye Span to Brass Monkey.

Their enduring enjoyment of playing with each other shines through in their performances – warm, natural and charismatic.

Wednesday 22 February 2017 at 8.00pm (doors open at 7.30). BTW reserving space for this one is essential as there is likely to be high demand! Book by email :


The Leith Food Assembly takes place on Monday evening 20 February at Jeremiah’s Taproom from 6.00pm. You have until 2.00am on Saturday night/Sunday morning to place your orders and then go and collect your food or indeed have them delivered to your door.

Don’t know what a Food Assembly is?

We told you about it here.

Take up pilates! There is a new studio in town with Reformer machines.

The boutique-style studio in Howe Street will initially run classes from 6am – 8.30pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 11am on Saturday. A free downloadable app allows clients to manage their own classes and review their training, while new members can book their first two classes for just £10, in an introductory offer.

Small group classes with a maximum of 7 clients ensure personalised attention and instruction in an intimate setting.  Reform offers a range of classes to cater for all needs and abilities.

Reform Studios Edinburgh opened its doors on Monday 13th February 2017  at Reform Studios Edinburgh: 26 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TG
For further information visit or contact
And finally Lyon & Turnbull, Scotland’s oldest auction room will be selling a collection of textiles from the renowned collector Paul Reeves on 23rd February 2017 in Edinburgh.

It has been a 50 year passion for Paul Reeves, starting when he was a young and influential clothes designer in London in the 1960s. The pieces in the sale which range from £200 – £20,000, have been chosen from his collection, spanning some 100 plus years of Textile Design.

The forthcoming auction at Lyon & Turnbull is a determined aim to establish Textile Art rightly alongside the Fine Arts. All the pieces come from Paul Reeves in Cirencester, and they will be presented in a manner which makes them eminently usable and ready to hang, many frame and with others mounted to display with great effect in either a modern or period setting.

There will be examples of work from 1840, leading through to Arts & Crafts artists featuring William Morris, Walter Crane and C.F.A.  Voysey. The early 20th century will feature work by artists such as Raoul Dufy and Barron & Larcher, whilst the 50’s and 60s have examples by artists such as Susan Bosence and Alan Reynolds and with embroideries by artist such as Beryl Dean, who studied at The Royal School of Needlework and was later awarded a Royal Exhibition to the Royal College of Art. The 1970s will have works by  Joy Clucas of the 62 Group and the Manchester Embroiderers’ Guild.

More information on the auctioneers website. 

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