Regatta Lochore Meadows Centre. Loch Ore (off B920 north of Lochgelly. Fife). 1 lam. Over 40 events in all formats will attract some 200 crews from around the country for this major event in the rowing calendar.


0 Edinburgh v French XV Goldenacre, lnverleith Row, Edinburgh. 5.30pm. The tourists finish with a match against 3 Scotland XV at Netherdale, Gala, on Saturday (3pm).


0 Glasgow Scottish Peoples Marathon Starts in High Street and finishes at Glasgow Green. via West End. Clydeside Expressway. Bellahouston Park. Pollock Country Park. Cathcart Road. A new route this year in the final section ofthe race will eliminate the notorious cobbled section the runners hated. and should produce a faster race than before. Spectators will be out in force as usual. so get there early if you want a good vantage point along the way. and keep your eyes peeled for the runner in the official List T-shirt!

Friday 18-Sunday 20

o Langs Supreme Masters Hospitality Inn. Glasgow 2pm and 7.15 daily; tickets from venue (041 332 3311): Friday £2.50/£7: Saturday £4/£7; Sunday £6/‘£9. The first round ofthis tournament took place yesterday. If Stephen I-Iendry managed to see off Joe Johnston. he faces either the title holder Cliff Thorburn or Ireland‘s Dennis Taylor in his quarter-final tie on Saturday afternoon. The winners ofFriday‘s matches between Neal Foulds and Terry Griffiths and what should be a brisk encounter between Jimmy White and Alex Higgins meet in the evening. Sunday‘s final is split over both sessions. with the first 7 frames in the afternoon.


0 Edinburgh Monarchs v Milton Keynes Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 7.15pm. £3.50/£3 (£1.80) National League.

Friday 25

0 Edinburgh Monarchs v Stoke Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 7.15pm. £3.50/£3 (£1.80) National League.

STOCK CARS Saturday 19/Saturday 26

o Newtongrange Victoria Park. Newtongrange. 7pm. £2.50 (£1). Regular Saturday night action on the fast circuit on the outskirts of Edinburgh.


o All-In Wrestling Forum Centre. Almondvale West. Livingston. 7.30pm. £2.£3.

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


FRIDAY 18 Glasgow

0 Musica Nova Senate Room. Glasgow University. Details: 332 7244. 10am—11.30am. Admission free. The young composer Mark Anthony Turnage talks about his compositions and. in particular. Gross Intrusion. which receives its premiere tomorrow.

0 Musica Nova Smoke Room. Glasgow University. Details: 332 7244. 10am—12.45pm. Admission free. The last day of rehearsal and discussion of selected new works in the SPNM Composers‘ Workshop. 0 Musica Nova - New Music Group of Scotland Concert Hall. Glasgow University. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre). 12.30pm. £3(£2.50). Playing works by two of Musica Nova‘s featured composers (Rain Spell by Takemitsu and And Still A Softer Morning by Turnage. which was originally to have been played by Gemini). the NMGS with director Edward Harper complete their programme with music by two

Scottish compose rs Harper's own Meditation for viola. xylophone and vibraphone and Divertimento by Edward McGuire for viola and tape. 0 Musica Nova Open Rehearsal SNO Centre. Claremont Street. Details: 332 7244. 2.30—5.30pm. Admission free. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra rehearses for this evening's performance of Takemitsu. Zimmermann. Dillon and Lutoslawski. Jerzy Maksymuik conducts.

o Musica Nova Smoke Room. Glasgow University. Details: 332 7244. 2—4pm. Admission free. The very last (no. 6) of the Society for the Promotion of New Music workshops for composers.

o Musica Nova - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra SNO Centre. Claremont Street. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre). 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). After rehearsing publicly this afternoon. the BBC SS() now shows

the results in performance. Works by

three of Musica Nova‘s featured composers plus Witold Lutoslawski's Chain 3.

0 Glasgow Arts Centre Chamber Orchestra Glasgow Arts Centre. 12 Washington Street. Tickets and

information 221 4526. 7.30pm £2. £1.

Fresh from their visit to Poland where they performed in Warsaw


Scottish Opera, Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

It is somehow surprising that in its 25 year history, Scottish Opera has never yet mounted a production of Verdi’s Aida. Making up forthis omission in spectacular style is their new co-production with the Theatre de la Monnaie of Brussels directed by Gilbert Oeflo, which opened the Company‘s 87/88 season at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal on Tuesday.

A powerful yet tragic tale ofthe love between Aida, an Ethiopian slave girl (but really a princess) and Radames, Captain of the Egyptian opposition, Oeflo with musical directorJohn Mauceri has created a strong force of soloists, chorus and orchestra (both in spectacular form) infused with

sumptuous sets and lavish costumes.

In the title role, Janice Cairns is a dazzling Aida, although as her lover John Treleavan was somewhat disappointing initially, but warmed to the part considerably as the opera unfolded. Similarly, the Italian Ambra Vespasiani making her British debut as Amneris only started to lose her inhibitions as the drama intensified.

For lovers of grand opera, Aida is a must. The celebratory party of Act II sees the medium at its best. Onstage trumpeters, dancing girls, a slide show, vibrant colours, full chorus were all there. All that was missing was the elephants - but all the other critics seemed to be out in force. (Carol Main).

and Gdansk. the Orchestra directed by John Gourlay appears back in Glasgow with a programme featuring Telemann‘s Overture in C. Mclean‘s Sonata for flute. McGibbon‘s Sonata No.5 in G. Vivaldi’s Sinfonia No.3 in G. Bach's Symphony in C and Traditional Scottish Country Dances.



0 Musica Nova - Open Rehearsal SNO Centre. Claremont Street. Details: 332 7244. 10am—1pm. Admission free. The SNO rehearses 'I'akemitsu. Turnage and Zimmermann in preparation for this evening‘s closing concert. 0 Musica Nova —Your Comments Please Smoke Room. Glasgow University. Details: 332 7244. 1 lam—1pm. Admission free. Your chance to make known your opinions and thoughts on the past week's jamboree of modern music. 0 Musica Nova Gemini/SPNM Concert Hall. Glasgow University. Tickets1552 5961 (Ticket Centre ). 2.30pm 4.30pm. £2 (£1 ). The culmination ofthe Composers‘ Forum and a performance of the new works rehearsed and worked on by Gemini in the preceding week. 0 Musica Nova-SNO SNO Centre. Claremont Street. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre). 7.30pm. £5 (£2.50). Matthias Bantert conducts Musica Nova‘s penultimate event. which includes the premiere of the specially commissioned Gross Intrusion by Mark Anthony Turnagc. This concert also contains what must be the work with the longest name A Flock Descends into the I’entagonal Garden by the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. whose Requiem opens the programme. Zimmermann‘s Cello Concerto with Siegfried Palm as soloist brings it all to an end. 0 Musica Nova—Ceilidh SNO Centre. Claremont Street. Tickets: 552 5961 (Ticket Centre). 10pm. £2.50. Special Musica Nova last night party featuring the Whistlebinkies. their clarsachs. pipes and fiddles and live-wire repertoire. Tickets include finger buffet and two glasses of wine or two pints ofbeer. O Aida Theatre Royal. Ilope Street. Tickets: 331 1234. 2.15pm. Stalls £19.50. £16.50. £13.50. £10.50 (restricted view £8 £4.50): lst circle £21 . £16.50. £13.5(l(restrictcd view £16.50. £13.50. £10.50); 2nd Circle £14.50. £10.50(restrictcd view £8): 3rd circle £6. £4.50 (£4.50 £3); stand-by. any seat. available two hours before performance. £3. Iixtra dates: Sat 26. Thurs 1.23 Oct. 26 and 28 Nov (all 7. 15pm)— Theatre Royal. Glasgow; 27. 29. 31 ()ct (all at 7. 15pm) Playhouse. Iidinburgh. Scottish ()pera‘s first production of the season and a first time for Verdi's classic grand opera in the company‘s 25-year history. Conductor is John Mauceri. the new Musical Director ofScottish Opera. Janice Cairns is in the title role and John 'I‘releavan sings Radames. In Italian. 0 Scottish Fiddle Orchestra City 1 fall. Candleriggs. Tickets: 552 5961. 7.30pm. £4—£5. Foot-tapping