Stage and screen actor Cal MacAninch, who has been seen in television's Downton Abbey and returned to the stage of the Citizens Theatre last year in King Lear and Harold Pinter's Betrayal, will be the narrator for the RSNO's performance of William Walton's Henry V – A Shakespeare Scenario at the orchestra's season-closing gala concerts on May 31 at Edinburgh's Usher Hall and June 1 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
George Bernard Shaw slammed it as "despicable oratorio-mongering" and the "prostitution of Mendelssohn's great genius to this lust for threatening and vengeance, doom and wrath".
At the risk of appearing like the man with the long grey beard and glittering eye – and you may have heard something like this tale from the Ancient Michael Tumelty – have you noted how much is happening in the arts at the moment?
Niagara Falls, From The American Side, painted in 1867 by American landscape artist Frederic Church, is a real showstopper.
History doesn't really repeat itself with this buoyantly multi-faceted project – unless you count the riot of new ideas and emerging talents as a nod in the direction of the now-legendary 1913 premiere of Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring (choreographed by Nijinsky, designed by Nicholas Roerich.)
Given the obvious opportunity among the peg legs, neckerchiefs and cutlasses, the absence of a parrot was passing strange.
It's a question you might ask your mates down the pub: "What would make you want to riot?" A hundred years ago, the answer from Parisian ballet-goers was The Rite Of Spring (music by Stravinsky, choreography by Nijinsky).
All over Edinburgh, venues large and small are currently hosting this year's Imaginate festival of performing arts for children and young people.
Two weeks ago, playwright Michael Frayn was given a special Olivier award for a body of dramatic work which over the last 40 years has quietly become an essential part of Britain's artistic fabric.