1155 (Usher Hall). 7.45pm. £3.75 (£2/£1).Mary‘s Music songs and dances from the time of Mary. Queen of Scots performed by the Scottish Early Music Consort marking the 400th anniversary of her execution (see Sun 8. Glasgow).

0 Edinburgh Royal Choral Union Usher Hall, Lothian Road. 228 1155. 7.30pm. £4-£7.50 (£3—£6.50). Bryden Thomson conducts Hymnus Amoris by Neilsen (which sounds like it should be the right sort ofthing for St Valentine‘s Day) and Hymnus Paradisi by Herbert Howells. Also involved are Kathleen Livingstone (soprano) and Neil Mackie (tenor) with the Waverley Singers. Orchestra is the BBC Scottish. who open the programme with Delius‘ Walk To The Paradise Garden (see also Fri 6, Glasgow).

SUNDAY 15 . . _ Edinburgh

0 Friends oi Scottish Opera Queen‘s Hall, Clerk Street. Tickets at door. 3pm. £1.50(guests £2). My Favourite Operas an illustrated talk by Neville Garden.

MONDAY 16 _ . Glasgow

0 Paragon Ensemble Henry Wood Hall, Claremont Street. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre). 8pm. £3 (£2). You may well think that Songs My Mother Taught Me was something everyone had to learn for singing lessons. but it‘s also the title of a new work by Scottish composer Martin Dalby, receiving its premiere tonight. It’s caught between two works by Janacek Moravian Dances and Mladi.


0 Guitar/Oboe Recital St Mark's Unitarian Church. Castle Terrace. Tickets at door. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Norwegian guitarist Arne Brattland and Swedish oboist Helen Rosing join up to give a concert as part of their first British tour.

TUESDAY 17 . .


0 Lunchtime Concert Assembly Hall. University of Strathclyde. James Weir Building, Montrose Street. Free at door. 1.15pm. Pupils of the Music School of Douglas Academy give a varied programme ofchamber music.

0 British Trombone Society Concert/Masterclass McLellan Galleries. 270 Sauchiehall Street. Tickets: 332 1132. 7.30pm. Contact organiser for full details (Mr Peter Oram. 942 3862).

a Piano Trio Concert Henry Wood Hall. Claremont Street. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre). 7.45pm. £3 (£1.50). One of Scotland‘s newest ensembles play piano trios by Beethoven. Shostakovich and Schubert.


0 Piano Recital Reid Concert Hall. Teviot Row. Bristo Square. Free at door. 1.10pm. Mozart‘s Fantasy in C minor. Twelve Preludes by David Gow and Ravel‘s Valses Nobles et


The history oi Scotland is not without its many high points oi excitement. But which years can match the drama of the turbulent time at Mary, Oueen oi Scots, whose death by decapitation at the hands oi Elizabeth l was exactly 400 years ago on 8 February? Throughout Scotland, events are being held in commemoration at this quatercentenary lrom mediaeval banquets at Mary‘s birthplace oi Linlithgow Palace to a major exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to coincide with the Edinburgh Festival, and a Solemn Sung Mass for Mary Stewart in St Mary’s Cathedral, Broughton Street, Edinburgh on Sunday 8 February.

Mary’s Music is the title at a specially devised programme bythe Scottish Early Music Consort (see photo) happening 400 years to the day alter the tall at that lateiul axe. Using instruments oi the period, including recorders, rebec, violin, tenor and bass viols along with vocal soloists, the Consorttraces Mary’s life through music. Sounds oi her inlancy in Scotland, girlhood in France, her return to reign in Scotland, captivity and execution echo through their iascinating selection at 16th century

Sentimentales are the works chosen by Peter Evans for his lunchtime concert.

0 Scottish Ensemble Queen‘s Hall, Clerk Street. Tickets: 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 7.45pm. £4—£5 (£2.50 and £3). Mendelssohn‘s Octet, Boccherini‘s Sextet and Souvenir de France by Tchaikovsky.

WEDNESDAY 18 Glasgow

0 Trombone Masterclass Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. Nelson Mandela Place. Free at door. 10.30am and 2pm. A masterclass given by Michael Hext. Could this be the winner of one of the first Young Musician of the Year competitions a few years ago now teaching other young musicians?

o Cramb Lecture Concert Hall, Glasgow University. Free at door. 5pm. Peter Branscombe, Professor of German at St Andrews University delivers this annual lecture. Could Vienna have had problems with its opera house to rival Edinburgh‘s? Find out now. as this year’s topic is Mozart and the Theatrical Conditions of his Times.

0 Keyboard Recital Concert Hall, Glasgow University. Tickets at door. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1 .50). N03 in Glasgow University‘s series of Keyboard Music of the British Isles 1550—1800 continues with John Wellingham. who also gives a lunchtime organ recital tomorrow.

0 Talk Scottish Opera Centre. 39 Elmbank Crescent, 248 4567 ext 138. 7.30pm. £1.50(£1). Derek Watson, through Friends of Scottish Opera. gives an informal talk on the operas ofJanacek.


0 Orpheus in the Underworld George

songs and dances.

Dates are Sunday 8 Feb at 8pm, Henry Wood Hall, Glasgow and Saturday 14 Feb at 7.45pm, St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh (see listings). Foriull details oi all Mary Queen at Scots events, tours etc, contact the Scottish Tourist Board, 23 Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh, O31 332 2433.

Square Theatre, George Square. Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge or 667 101 1 ext 4577. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Thurs 19. Fri 20 and Sat 21. £3 (£2). Edinburgh University Opera Club present Offenbach’s lighthearted classic in a new translation and musical arrangement. Lawrence Waring produces and Alasdair Nicholson directs the music.

THURSDAY 19 _ Glasgow

0 Cello Masterclass Stevenson Hall, RSAMD. Nelson Mandela Place. Free at door. 10am and 2pm. Alexander Baillie directs a masterclass for budding cellists.

0 Organ Recital Concert Hall, Glasgow University. Free at door.

1 . 15pm. Concerto del Signor Albinoni by Walther and CPE Bach‘s Sonata in F major are just two of the works in this lunchtime programme which also includes music by Scheidt and Behm.

0 Scottish Opera Go Round Coplaw Theatre, Coplaw Street. Tickets: 248 4567 (Scottish Opera). 7.30pm. £2. A new small scale production of Verdi‘s Macbeth seems set for large scale success if Scottish Opera’s Go Rounds are anything to go by. It‘s piano accompanied, has a cast of only seven and will go to twenty different venues across the Highlands, Islands and Lowlands of Scotland. Glasgow hosts the opening performance tonight.


0 Orpheus in the Underworld George Square Theatre, George Square. Ticket Centre, Waverley Bridge or 667 101 1 ext 4577. 7.30pm. Extra date: Fri 20, Sat 21 . £3 (£2). See Wed 18 for full description.


Please note that evening sessions begin at approx 8.30pm unless otherwise stated.

FRIDAY 6 Glasgow

0 Sarina Scotts Corner. Derby Street, 3344891. Evening. Four-piece folkies.

O Nallan Tolbooth Bar. Glasgow Cross. 552 4149. Evening. Session centred on fine. mostly Irish box and fiddle.

o T.M.S.A. Concert Sloans, Argyle Street. 8pm. £2. With Pete Shepheard. Jimmy McGuire. Flora McNeil. Billy Anderson. Gordeanna McCulloch. Top quality traditional music, Scots and Gaelic. with accordion and pipes.


0 Ceilidh Merlin, Morningside Road. 8pm. £1.50. With Hopscotch Ceilidh Band.

0 North Sea Gas Platform 1. Rutland Street. Evening. Cheerful pub entertainers.

0 Tim and Steve Royal Oak, Infirmary Street. 557 2976. Evening. Late night folky watering hole.

SATURDAY 7 Glasgow

0 Furious Fiddlers Halt Bar. Woodlands Road. Afternoon. Ten or twenty loony Scottish violinists. O Kells Scott‘s Corner. Derby Street. 334 4891. Evening. Irish sounds.

0 Ceilidh Riverside. Fox Street. 10pm—2am.

0 Scotiree La 'I‘aniere. Fox Street (offClyde Street). 1—3pm. Two guitars and a fiddle. Buskers in residence.

0 Sleep The Feet Tolbooth Bar, Glasgow Cross. 552 4149. Evening. Music and song about Glasgow.


0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street, 557 2976. Late bar and late sessions.

0 This ’n’ That Central Hotel, Royal Terrace. Evening. Folk and Country. singalong.

SUNDAY 8 Glasgow

0 Paisley Folk Club Ardgowan Hotel. Blackhall Road. 8pm. £1.50. Singers Night. all welcome, bring your voice or instruments.

0 Limited Edition Black Bull Hotel Folk Club. Milngavie. Evening. String band sound.

0 Schlehallion Scotts Corner, Derby Street. 334 4891 . Evening. Folk duo, guitars.


0 Ken Campbell Youngs Hotel, Leamington Terrace. 9pm. Free. Piper. singer and guitar player from Glasgow, late ofthe Ideal Band.

0 Royal Oak Infirmary Street. 557

‘12976. Evening. Sessions downstairs.

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