door. 7.30pm. £4. A Medieval Night with music. drama. dancing. jugglingand.of course. food and drink.

I BBC 830 Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.45pm. £6'£7 (£3.50—£4.50). Japanese conductor Takuo Yuasa opens this evening‘s programme with David Dorward's (iolrlen ( iiry. commissioned by Edinburgh Youth Orchestra for their recent visit to California. Pascal Devoyon is soloist in Prokofiev‘s Piano Concerto .\'o 3 and Brahms' Symphony No l isin the second half.


I Agrippina Church Hill Theatre. Morningside. Tickets: 668 2019(Oueen's Hall Box Office). 7pm. £4(£2.50). Sinfonia ()pera with new translation by Roger Savage of 1 landcl's only opera written during his stay in Italy.

I 5N0 llsher Hall. Lothian Road. 228

1 155. 7.30pm. Extra date: Saturday 9. Glasgow. £2.95--£l2.70 (standby £2.50). Mikhail Pletnev is soloist in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No 2. in a programme which also includes Weber's ()heron Overture and Schumann‘s 2nd Symphony. all conducted by John Nelson.

I Carol Concert Central Hall. Tollcross. Tickets: at door. 7.30pm. Poptilaranntial event with the Methodist Central 1 lall‘s own choir.

SATURDAY 9 Glasgow

I The Merry Widow Theatre Royal. 1 lope Street. 3329000 331 1234. 2. 15pm. £3—£25.50. Last performance this season anyway —- of Di 'l'revis‘s new Scottish ()pera production of Lehar's lighthearted operetta.

I 3N0 City Hall. Candleriggs. 227 5511. 7.30pm. £3.51L£l2.70 (standby £2.50). See Friday 8. Edinburgh. for full description.

I Scottish Early Music Consort Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 8pm 5 £5.50 (£3 ). 'li’urs ofJol' concentrates on the works olJohn Dowland with songs. consort music and lute music including the famous cycle of Lac/Irymae pavans.

I Bearsden and Milngavie Arts Guild Kilmardinny l louse. 50 Kilmardinny Avenue. 9430312. 8pm. £5. Here's a Hon- be Do. selections front Gilbert and Sullivan performed by members of Scottish ()pera.


I Carol Party Debating l lall. Teviot Row House. Free at door. 7.30pm. Edinburgh University Mtisical Society's annual Christmascelebration.

I Georgian Concert Society St ( ‘ecilia's Hall. Cowgatc. Tickets: 668 2019 (Queen‘s Hall Box ()ffice). 7.45pm. £7 (£2 £4 £5). L‘Ecolc d'Orphee are tonight's guests of the GCS with a programme of French baroque music including works by Rameau and Couperin.

I Edinburgh Bach Society ()ueen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.45pm. £5 (£4). Showing their talents for diversifying. the EBC perform Vaughan Williams’ Fantasy on Christmas ( ’arols and Toward the Unknown Region. 1 ladyn's Nelson Mass and - there's got to be one work by him - Bach's Cantata Ic/i liabegenug.



I Glasgow University Choral Society University Chapel. Tickets: at door. 7.30pm. £3 (£1 .50). Mendelssohn's lilijali with the University Orchestra and soloists Irene Drummond. Fiona Milne. William Strachan and Alan ()ke. Marjorie Rycroft conducts.


I Scottish Ensemble Oueen‘s Hall. Clerk

Street. 668 2019. 2.30pm. Extra date: Monday 1 1. Glasgow. £5/£7.50(£2—£5). Paul and Maud Tortelier are the SE‘s special guests in a programme which contains no less than three premieres of pieces by Mr T. The instrumentalists are joined by the new Scottish Ensemble Singers for Mozart's A l‘t’ Verum Corpus and Towards Peace. one of the new works. I 3N0 L'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1155. 7.30pm. £8.50—£12.50. Louis Clark

and the Scottish National Orchestra.

I Good Shepherd Chorus St Margaret‘ Church. New lands Road. Tickets at door. 8pm. £5 ( £3.50). Performance of 1 landel's Messiah conducted by Robert Burns with soloists Roxanne Richards. Jane Guy. John 'l'releavan and Ronald Morrison.



I Scottish Ensemble Stevenson Hall.

RSAMI). 332 5057. 7.30pm. £6.50 (£3.50). See Sunday 10. Edinburgh. for full description.


I Stuart Burrows Sings Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1 155. 7.30pm.

£5.51» £ 10. Christmas concert front popular Welsh singer.

I ECAT Otteen’s 1 Tall. Clerk Street.668 2019. 8pm. £4 (£1 ). Premiere ofECAT commission Dick Lee's ('hamberJazz. Also interesting stuffin the form of

Ge rshwin‘s Rhapsody in Blue in its original version for jazz band and Stravinsky"s Ifhony Concerto. With Dick Lee on clarinet and Richard Beauchamp on piano.

TUESDAY 12 Glasgow

I Lunchtime Concert Hutcheson‘s Hall. lngram Street. Tickets: at door. 1.15pm—2pm. £ 1 .25. Students ofthc Junior Dept of the RSAMD give a recital in Strathclyde University‘s music programme.

I Christmas Concert Stevenson Hall. RSAMI). 100 Renfrew Street. 3325057. 7.30pm. £5. Philip Ledger. Principal ofthc RSAMD. conducts his students inA Celebration oft/1e lifeanrl work ofl)r

I lenry I lat'ergal. Principal of (lie/Academy [953-69. Programme includes works by Elgar. Parry and Bach. plus carols for choir and audience.


I Nelson Hall Concert Nelson Hall. McDonald Road Public Library. off Leith Walk. 8pm. Free at door. Stephanie Hughes and Elizabeth Mucha playpiano duets in this series which welcomes all.

WEDNESDAY 13 Glasgow

I BBC 530 Studio 1. Broadcasting 1 louse. BBC. Queen Margaret Drive. Tickets: Room 209. BBC. 1pm. Free. Lunchtime concert of Schoenberg ( Verklarre Nacht) and Liszt (Fest/(lange) conducted by Takuo Yuasa.

I Strathclyde University Carol Service The Martyrs' Church. St Mungo Avenue. 2—3pm. Free at door. Strathclyde University Chorus and Brass Ensemble directed by Alan Tavener.

THURSDAY 14 Glasgow

I Concert 01 Christmas Music Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 RenfrewStreet.332 5057. 7.30pm. £l0(including wine). Presented in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales 1 lospice. the concert includesa staged performance of Menotti's Amalil and (he lN'ig/tl Visilors.

I Milngavie Young Singers St Luke‘s Church. Further information: 9430312 (Bearsden and Milngavie Arts Guild).

7.30pm. Christmas music and Fauré‘s Mese Basse.


I 8C0 Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1155. 7.45pm. Handel's Messiah with soloists Lorna Anderson. Michael Chance. Neil Mackic and David Wilson-Johnson and the Scottish Philharmonic Singers. lvor Bolton conducts.

I Napier Polytechnic Symphonic Wind Band The Chapel. Napier Polytechnic. Craiglockhart Campus. Colinton Road. Tickets at door. 7.30pm. £2 (£1 ). The uniquitous Christopher Bell conducts.



I Midday Concert Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. Admission free by ticket. Messiaen supremo. pianist Peter Sievewright plays his Le baiser de I 'enfantJ 65143 and Regard (1e l'espri! de joie. along with Five Pieces by Peter lnness and Theme and Variations by Nielsen.

I 8C0 City Hall. Candleriggs. 227 5511. 7.30pm. £2.2()—£9.2(). See Thursday 14. Edinburgh . for full description.

I Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society Glasgow Cathedral. John Knox Street. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre. Candleriggs). 7.30pm. Christmas Concert in splendid surroundings. with organist John Langdon and conductor John R. Turner.

I BBC 380 Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.45pm. £6/£7 (£3.50-£4.50). Strauss and Schoenberg tonight under Takuo Yuasa Burleske and Donluan by the former and Verklarie Nacht by the latter.

I Cappella Nova Henry Wood Hall. Claremont Street. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre). 8pm. Extra date: Saturday 16. Edinburgh. £5 (£3.50). Popular Carols by (‘andlelighlevening which now seems to be a regular feature in Cappella Nova‘s diary. with seasonal music. carols old and new. and guest artists Caledonia Brass.

I Milngavie Music Club Milngavie Town Hall. Further information: 956 1572. 7.30pm. Schumann. Lutoslawski. Mozart. Bridge. Debussy. from the 1lilton/Boulton/Evans Trio.


I 8110 Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1155. 7.30pm. Extra date: Saturday 16. Glasgow. £2.95—£12.7() (standby £2.50). Brahms‘ Tragic Overture and Schoenberg‘s orchestration of his Piano Quartet Op 25 on either side ofSibelius Violin Concerto. with Kwung-Wha Chung as soloist. Mathias Bamert conducts.

SATURDAY 16 Glasgow

I Carols and Crumhorns Renfield St Stephen‘s Church. Bath Street. At door. 1pm. Retiring collection. No. it‘s not a new type of mince pie or mulled wine. but a Renaissance instrument as played by members of Glasgow Arts Centre‘s Flat Pavan while other members of the Centre do the singing.

I RSAMD Junior Department Concert Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 3pm. £4 (£2). Endof term concert for these talented young musicians includes the Rossini/Britten Soirees Musicales. Nicolai's Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor and. with the Junior Dept Choir. the Magnificat by Vivaldi.

I 3110 City Hall. Candleriggs. 227 5511. 7.30pm. £3.50—£12.70. See Friday 15. Edinburgh. for full description.

I New Glasgow Singers Henry Wood Hall Claremont Street. Tickets: 332 5057 (RSAMD Box Office). 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). Graham Taylor conducts Carols for/111.


I Cappella Nova Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 8pm. £4l£5 (£2.50/£3.50). See Friday 15. Glasgow. for full description.



I New Glasgow Singers Stevenson l lall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £3 (£1 .50). See Saturday 16 for full description.


I Scottish Opera Christmas Lunch Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 1pm. £10 (concert only £2). Oueen‘s 1 lall’s superb Christmas catering followed by a recital at 2.30pm with singers Patricia MacMahon. Carol Rowlands. Peter Richfield. Graeme Danby and Richard llonner on piano.

I Jubilo Queen's Hall. Clerk Street . 668 2019. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). A Christmas Carol Concert with popular Edinburgh choir. the Edinburgh Players and the Jubilo Junior Choir. all conducted by Walter Thomson.

I Carol Concert St Stephen's Parish Church. St Vincent Street. foot of l lowe Street. Free at door. 2.30pm. Carols. Christmas readings by local people. Newlands Concert Brass Band from Bathgate and St Stephen‘s own organist combine for this Christmas event organised by the St Stephen's Community Association. Tea. coffee and biscuits at the end.



I The Linn Choir City 1 lall . Candle riggs. 227 551 1. 7.30pm. Christmas Concert. I John Currie Singers Stevenson Hall. RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 8pm. £6 (£4). 1laydn'sNelson Mass and Mozart's Symphony No 29 conducted by John Pryce-Jones.


I Carol Concert Queen's 1 Tall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 11.30am. Free for ()APs. Pensioners' chance to hear what's going on this evening free ofcharge. Coffee and scones front 10.30am. Sounds better than Christmas shopping.

I Carol Concert Queen's 1 Tall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.30pm. £2 (£1 ). Carols for all the family front Liberton l ligh School.

TUESDAY 19 Edinburgh

I Christmas Concert Nieolson Square Methodist Church. Tickets at door. 7pm. £2 (£1 ). Tenor Clifford Hughes accompanied by Philip Sawyer with the choir of Nicolson Square. in a programme of Christmas music in aid of Legato. a charity with the aim of involvingpeoplc with disability in music.



I BBC 880 Studio 1 . BBC. Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret Drive. Tickets: Room 209. BBC. 7.30pm. Free. Jerzy Maksymiuk conducts Prokofiev‘s Sinfonietra and Britten's ‘Cello Symphony with Roman Jablonski as soloist.

I Christmas Carol Concert L'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1155. 7.30pm.£2—£7. Edinburgh Hospitals‘ annual concert in aid of the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children.

THURSDAY 21 Glasgow

ISNO City Hall. Candleriggs. 227551 1. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Friday 22. Edinburgh and Saturday 23. Glasgow. £3.50—£12.70. Annual SNO Carol Concert with the SNO Junior arid YouthChoruses conducted by Philip Ledger.

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