0 Music is listed as diary: by day, then by city, than by event.




0 The Gondollers King‘s Theatre, Leven Street. Box office 229 1201. 7.30pm. £1 .50—£4. The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Edinburgh presents G&S’s lively The Gondoliers. May is obviously the month for G&S - The Mikado comes

up too this month (see Listings— Tue 13). o Inlormal Classical Music

Restaurant. Gilded Balloon. Cowgate, 225 5650. 8—11pm. Extra

dates: Sat 3, Thurs 8, Fri 9, Sat 10. Free. Giles Hamilton and Neil Beaumont provide a selection of music while you eat. Various other

i artists appear on the other evenings.

2 At time ofgoing to press— Jannek Kwalski on accordion (Sat 3), Will

Music oi this century seems to come in . its own crescendos and diminuendos in terms oi lrequency of live periormances and this lortnight, alter a bitoi a quiet spell, it’s not quite reaching a iorte, but is certainly building up. Saturday seesthe New Music Group oi Scotland with director Edward Harper (see picture) at the Reid Hall in Edinburgh presenting the rather unusual -though in many ways obvious - idea at both the lirst and second periormances oi a new piece in one concert. James MacMilian's Songs oi a Just Warlor soprano solo (in this case the young Scottish singer Irene Drummond who is establishing a tine reputation for periormances of contemporary music) and small instrumental ensemble is periormed before and after the interval giving the , audience the rare and welcome F opportunity at being able to chew over in the break what they've just heard, in preparation ior hearing the new music a second time with an idea at what it’s all about. Machllan draws some oi his inspiration irom poets such as the Chilean Pablo Neruda and the Scottish . writer William Soutar, who although confined to bed ior most oi his life, has produced some ol the most perceptive poetry in Scottish literature. Music ior

solo viola (James Durrant) by Berio and

; Stravinsky is on both sides oi the

MacMilian, with the Quartet by Peter Nelson and Ravel’s Septet completing the programme.

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England/Mooshie Western duo (Thurs 8). Christine Kidd (Fri 9), and a return visit from Giles and Neil with clarinet and flute (Sat 10).

SATURDAY 3 Glasgow

0 The Marriage of Figaro Theatre Royal. Hope Street. Box office 331 1234. 2.15pm. Extra dates: Sat 10, Tue 13. Thurs 15—all at 7.15pm— Glasgow; Wed 21, Sat 24—7.15pm— King‘s. Edinburgh. £2.50—£18.50. Scottish Opera present one of Mozart‘s most-loved operas in a new production directed by John Cox. Better known for writing plays rather than being the artist behind theatre design, the distinguished Scottish playwright John Byrne is the designer. A fine cast includes the ever-popular Bill McCue as Dr Bartolo, Isobel Buchanan as

Susanna. Margaret Marshall singing

the Countess and Roderick Earle in the title role.

0 Harpsichord Recital Pollok House, Pollok Country Park, 2060


It is unlortunate, given the general paucity oi periormances of contemporary music, that two are

happening on the same night later in

the month. On Tuesday 13, Edinburgh

audiences have the choice oi Lyell

Cresswell's To aspro pano sto aspro

. commissioned and periormed by

Cappella Nova in Old St. Paul’s Church or the Roth String Quartet with

Catherine Denley (mezzo-soprano) and the premiere oi Ian McGueen’s Dreams

Pollokshaws Road. Free at door. 3pm. Escape the pressures of Saturday shopping in the tranquil

marvellous setting and enjoy an informal harpsichord recital as a little treat.


0 The Gondoliers King’s Theatre. Leven Street. Box office 229 1201. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £1 .50—£4. See Fri 2 for full description. 0 Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra St Mary’s Cathedral. Palmerston Place. Tickets at door. 7.30pm. The St Mary‘s Singers join this young student orchestra for a performance of the Requiem by Fauré. with Colin Fox as the baritone soloist. o Jubilo St Cuthbcrt‘s Parish . Church. Lothian Road. Ticket Centre, 31/33 Waverley Bridge. 8pm. £2.50 (£2). See Mayiest. - Choir and orchestra perform music by Puccini (Messa di Gloria), Handel, Rachmaninov and Kalinnikov. Tenor soloist is Ian McNab and bass is lvor Klayman with Walter Thomson keeping it all together. 0 Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra | Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street. Box office 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 7.30pm. £2 (£1 .50). This local amateur orchestra‘s varied programme opens with Messiaen’s Hymne. followed by Rodrigo‘s popular Concerto de Aranjuez for

ior Marcie at St. Cecilia’s. The

Cresswell is in tact giving its lirst ' periorrnance at Glasgow Cathedral on , Monday 12, so enthusiasts prepared to ; travel don’t have to miss out.

More new music, but thistime

; electronic, can be heard atthe Reid j Hall on Thursday 15 when Edinburgh 1 University present some oi the latest in electro-acoustlcal developments. (see llstlngs ior details oi all concerts).(Carol Main)

surroundings of Pollok House and its

guitar. Soloist is Wolfgang Lendle from Germany. (See Listings - Tue 6) Alasdair Mitchell conducts Carl Neilsen's 3rd Symphony in the second half.

0 New Music Group ol Scotland Reid Concert Hall, Teviot Row, Bristo Square. Box office 225 4606 (NMGS) or 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 8pm. £3 (£2). An attractive programme of very new music - the first two performances ofJames MacMillan‘s Songs of a Just War - and not quite so new music Ravel’s gorgeous Introduction et Allegro, written for string quartet plus flute, clarinet and harp. Irene Drummond is the soprano soloist in the Songs and James Durrant is the viola soloist in Berio‘s Sequenza and Stravinsky‘s Elegy, both written for that instrument on its own. The Quartet for flute, clarinet, viola and harp by Peter Nelson opens the concert (see panel).

0 Inlormal Classical Music Restaurant. Gilded Balloon, Cowgate, 225 5650. 8—11pm. Extra dates: Thurs 8, Fri 9. Sat 10. Free. See Fri 2 for full description.

Humm— Edinburgh

0 St Giles’ at Six St Giles‘ Cathedral, High Street. Free at door. 6pm. The Cecilian Singers take a trip down from their home town of Perth to give this week‘s recital in St Giles’ regular series.

0 Scottish Slnlonia Queen‘s Hall, Clerk Street. Box office 2281155 (Usher Hall). 7.45pm. £2.50 (£1.50 and £2). A programme of music by

Mozart and Strauss. Audrey Innes is '

the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 24 and Inga Mantle is the soprano in the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss. Opening the

concert is Mozart‘s Symphony No 33

and bringing the evening to a close is

Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration.



0 Pro Arte Piano Recital Reid Concert

Hall, Teviot Row, Bristo Square. Box office 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 7.30pm. £3.15 (£1.60). The American pianist Louis Nagel visits Scotland with a programme of Bach, Copland and Mussorgsky‘s Pictures

from an Exhibition. Well known for

its promotion of piano music in Scotland, particularly by young artists, Pro Arte is now taking this a step further and becoming involved in a new piano competition to be held triennially in Glasgow. The final of this year’s event will be held in September.


0 Friends oi Scottish Opera, Hutcheson's Hall, 158 Ingram Street. Box olilce 248 4567 (F of 80). 7.30pm. £6 (inc bullet and wine). See Mayiesl.


0 Lunchtime Concert Reid Concert Hall, Teviot Row, Bristo Square. 1.10pm. Free at door. Geoffrey

Trabichoff is the violin soloist in the