We felt we had been badly let down by Historic Scotland. They were concerned about catering for visitors to the castle and some health-and-safety issues, but suggestions were made to resolve these and with a bit of goodwill and better joint working it could have happened. At the time, I don't think there was a meaningful attempt to do so but we need to ensure that these concerts happen next year.
Accusations of genocide are a very sensitive issue and we are attempting to deal with it as such. The accusations are made against the Ottoman regime and are no reflection on the modern Turkish state or Turkish people. I have met to discuss the issue with a range of representatives from the Turkish community and agreed to host a seminar for them to present their view on this period of history.