I’ve started doing some teaching at the University of Aberdeen, working with music students to develop critical thinking and reviewing techniques. My first session was last week and the student reviews of University of Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the ’14-’15 season (Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Brahms’s First Symphony, no less!) will be up on the music department website early next week. While in Aberdeen I stayed in this fine art deco establishment. It was built in 1939, complete with violin-shaped ball room and one of the largest dance floors in the North East. A beauty.