I RSAMD Contemporary Ensemble Reid Concert Hall, Bn'sto Square. 1.10pm. Free‘at door. As part of their Outreach Programme, students from Glasgow‘s RSAMD play Takemitsu, Varese and Ichitanagi. See above, Glasgow.

I Guildhall School oi Music Concert St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate. 7.30pm. Free at door. Under the auspices of the Italian Institute, top students from London‘s Guildhall play music by Donizetti and Rossini. All welcome.

I Eve at Summit Concert Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £5/£10. SCO stars in gala event with dance residency presentation by Royston Maldoom and a visual art banner created by Lothian community groups.

I Scottish Early Music Consort Queen‘s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.45pm. Extra dates: Fri 11 and Sat 12, Glasgow. £6/£9 (£4.50). A specially devised programme which reveals the full range of the music of William Byrd including some for Christmas and some for Mary, Queen of Scots. Four singers and four instrumentalists are directed by Warwick Edwards.



I Midday Concert Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 1pm. £2 (£1). The SCO Chamber Ensemble play two new works by David Paul Jones and Andrew Robson, alongside the rather more familiar Octet by Mendelssohn.

I BBC SSO Concert Hall, Broadcasting House, Queen Margaret Drive. Tickets: Room 107, BBC, Queen Margaret Drive, 612 8DG (please enclose sae). 7.30pm. Free. A Studio One Invitation Concert opening with Reznicek‘s Donna Diana overture, then Hindemith‘s Kammermusik N0 4 for violin and orchestra, and the Symphony No 4 by Schumann. Takuo Yuasa conducts.

I Christmas Concert Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre, Candleriggs). 7.30pm. £5—£9. Music for Christmas in aid of the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children.

I Scottish Early Music Consort Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 8pm. Extra date: Sat 12, £8 (£5). See Thurs 10, Edinburgh.

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I RSO Usher Hall, Lothian Road,228 1155. 7.30pm. Extra date: Sat 5 , Glasgow. £4.25—£18.50(£3.50). Conductor in chief Walter Weller takes the R50 through its paces in Bruckner’s Symphony No 4, Brahms Academic Festival Overture and the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini by Rachmaninov with Mikhail Rudy as soloist.

I Cello Recital Danish Cultural Institute, 3 Doune Terrace (off Moray Place), 225 7189. 7.30pm. £3. Gert von Bulow plays works by Bach, Honegger and Yngve Jan Trede.

SATURDAY 12 Glasgow

I RSO Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre, Candleriggs). 7.30pm. £4.25—£18.50 (standby £3.50). See Frill Edinburgh.

I Scottish Early Music Consort Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, 1(1) Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 8pm. £8 (£5). See Thurs 10, Edinburgh.


I SCO Ouartz Assembly Rooms, George Street, 220 4349. 10am. £2. An extrovert


musical experience is the description of the SCO‘s string quartet in Europe, the World.

I The Concert at the Cathean St Giles‘ Cathedral, High Street. Tickets: 6682019 (Queen's Hall Box Office)/Cathedral Shop. 6.30pm. £5. As part of the Summit in the City programme, the St Giles‘ Singers and Orchestra perform Part I of The Messiah , Zadok the Priest with John Kitchen as soloist in Handel’s Organ Concerto 0p 4 N02.

I Organ Recital St Mary‘s Cathedral, Palmerston Place. Tickets: Peace and Justice Centre, St John’s, West End. 8pm. £4. Philip Sawyer plays La Nativite du Seigneur, nine meditations for organ by Messiaen, in collaboration with artist Geoff MacEwan and dancer Clare Hughes. In aid ofGreenpeace.

SUNDAY 13 Edinburgh

I Meadows Chamber Orchestra Greyfriars Kirk, Candlemaker Row. Tickets: 668 2019 (Queen‘s Hall Box Office). 7.45pm. £4.50 (£2.50). Beethoven‘s Symphony No 8 and Shostakovich‘s Chamber Symphony with William Conway conducting.

TUESDAY 15 Glasgow

I Lunchtime Concert Hutchesons’ Hall, 2 John Street. Tickets: at door. 1.15pm—2pm. £1.50. A Christmas programme of songs and cantatas by Handel, Wolf, Schubert and Hindemith from Alice Dumas (soprano) and Claire Haslin (piano).

I Cami Concert City Hall, Candleriggs. Tickets: 332 5057 (RSAMD Box Office). 7.30pm. £5—£7.50 (£3—£5). RSAMD students - soloists, choir, readers, instrumentalists get together under the batons of Philip Ledger and Timothy Byram-Wigfield for carols old and new and a special performance of Tubby the Tuba, narrated by Bill McCue.

WEDNESDAY 16 Glasgow

I Carol Service Barony Hall, Strathclyde University. Free at door. 2pm. Strathclyde University Chorus and Brass Ensemble in favourite Christmas carols. I Christmas Concert Barony Hall, Strathclyde University. Tickets: 227 5511 (Ticket Centre, Candleriggs). 7.30pm. £4.50 (£2.50). There‘s no stopping these Strathclyde students when they get started on Christmas music. After the afternoon session, it’s time now for light classical and popular Christmas arrangements with opportunities for audience participation.




I Community Carol Service Glasgow University Chapel. Free at door. 4pm. Hosted by Glasgow University.

I The Magic Flute Theatre Royal, Hope Street, 332 9000. 7.15pm. Extra dates: Sat 19, Tue 22, Wed 23, Tue 29, Wed 30Dec; Sat 23 Jan, Sat 30Jan (mat), Thurs 4Feb, Wed 10 Feb (Glasgow); Tue 16, Thurs 18, Sat 20 Feb (Edinburgh). £3.50—£38.50. Scottish Opera in new production by Martin Duncan of much-loved Mozart

This section covers events not included elsewhere in the magazine. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact telephone number for our lntonnatlon. Open Listings compiled by Thom Dibdin.

I BARCELONA AND BERLIN Mon 7. 6.30 for 7pm. Queen‘s Cross, 870 Garscube Road G20 7EL. 041 946 6600. £4 (£2), please book. The C. R.M. Society present a talk by architect David Mackay who will help judge the Glasgow Tower competition. He will be talking about current work in Barcelona and the reconstruction of Berlin.

I EVENING OF SONG AND POETRY Wed 8. 7.30—9.30pm. Glasgow Society of Musicians, Berkeley Street. 041 637 6918. £3 at door. The Saltire Society‘s Glasgow Branch presents an evening of music and poetry with Adam MacNaughtan and Stramash giving a varied view of Glasgow. I TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE Wed 9. 7.30pm-midnight. Coats Observatory, Paisley. 041 889 2013. Free.The observatory’s popular telescopes will be open to the public for the beginning ofthe lunar eclipse. See panel for details.

I ANGEL'S DELIGHT Fri 11,9pm-2.30am. Glasgow School of Art Assembly Hall, 168 Renfrew Street. £2—£5 by donation from Glasgow Women‘s Library, 50 Hill Street G3, 041 353 3312. Women only disco with DJ Michelle to benefit the Glasgow Women's Centre Steering Committee project.

I RECORD FAIR Sat 12, 11am—5pm. City Halls. 041 227 5511. 50p. Second-hand, scarce and deleted records for sale. Preview from 10am, admission £1.

I EXPLORING JUPITER Thurs 17, 7.30pm, Room M403, James Weir Building, University of Strathclyde, Montrose Street. Contact [an Cumming on 041959 2795 (evenings). Free. Mr Robert Law addresses the Astronomical Society of Glasgow. A beginners’ class takes place at 6.45pm, prior to the main meeting. All welcome.


I DEMOCRACY FOR SCOTLAND 24 hours a day, every day, the Parliament Building, Regent Terrace. Free. Permanent vigil by the non-party political campaign for a referendum on the establishment of a Scottish Parliament. All welcome.

I FLEAMARKET Fri 4 and weekly, noon—4pm, The Centre, 103 Broughton Street, 031 557 0718. Free. Clothing, books, trinkets, household goods and most excellent food.


Tue 8 and Wed 9. Details from LEL

opera, with all the delights of the Queen of

the Night, Papageno and Papagena, Tamino and Pamina et al.

I Chamber Music Concert Guinness Room, RSA MD, 100 Renfrew Street, 3325057. 7.30pm. Admission free by ticket. Student chamber music ensembles.


I Chamber Music at Queen Street BBC, 5 Queen Street. Tickets: BBC Reception. Free. Lorraine McAslan, violin, and Nigel Clayton, piano, play Poulenc, Tchaikovsky and Szymanowski.

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Lothian Region HQ, Parliament Square. Free. Including Sir Crispin Tickell (Tue 8,

6.30pm, Museum of Scotland) on Europe:

the environmental dimension.

I AFRICAN CULTURAL NIGHT Fri 4, 8pm—3am. Chambers Street Union Ballroom. £4 (£3). Edinburgh’s Pan African Centre presents an evening of African music, dance, poetry and fashion to benefit Africa-linked charities.

I CEILIDH Fri 4, 8.30pm—1am. The Centre, 103 Broughton Street. 031557 0718. £4 (£2.50). Benefit for the Unemployed Worker’s Centre with the A.L.P. Scottish Dance Band, ably


‘Mummyl The Moon’s gone out!’ it it’s a line night on Wed 9, talre your binoculars oil to a nice darlr hilltop with a llaslr oi something hot. A111.07pm a total lunar eclipse will occur, visible across the whole 01 Scotland and lasting about an hour and a quarter. The full Moon actually begins to slip into the Earth’s shadow at 10pm when, it you loolr through a telescope or binoculars, you'll be able to see the shadow leaping lrom craterto crater across the surlace oi the moon.

The moon never actually blacks out, but takes on a characteristic reddish hue because 01 the atmosphere. While you're waiting, have a loolr lorthe Gemlnlds meteor shower which will just be starting up. Don’t expect too many meteors tonight, as maximum activity will occur on Sun 13 when they appear at over 70 an hour, but one should appear every ten minutes or so. They will be high in the sky near Mars, the red planet, and will be easiest to see during the eclipse, while the slry is at its darkest. (Thom ledln).

supported by Hamish Henderson Friends Aplenty. Licensed bar with happy time until 10pm.

I WHOSE ENVIRONMENT? Mon 7, 7.30pm. Assembly Rooms, George Street. £3 (£1.50). Mrs Maneka Ghandi, the former Indian Minister for the Environment and Forests delivers Friends of the Earth Scotland‘s inaugural Annual Lecture. She will pinpoint over-consumption in the North as one of the primary causes of environmental degradation in the South. I SAVE OUR WATER Mon 7, 7.30pm. Stockbridge Primary, Hamilton Place. Free. Public meeting of the campaign to oppose water privatisation.

I EDINBURGH WOMEN’S SCIENCE FORUM Mon 7, 7.30pm. Iona Hotel, Stratheam Road. Contact Madeleine Shepherd 031 6616061 (ansaphone). Christmas social event. All those interested welcome to attend.

I TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE Wed 9. 11.10pm—1am. See panel for details.

I LCARF Thurs 10, 7.30pm. The Centre, 103 Broughton Street. 031 557 0718. Free. Organising meeting for the Lothian Campaign Against Racism and Fascism.

I A MUSICAL PICTURE OF FINLAND TODAY J Thurs 10, 8pm. The Danish Cultural

Institute, 3 Doune Terrace. Free. A talk

3 by Dr Matti Vainio to mark the 75th

anniversary of Finland’s independence. I THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM Fri 11. ,7.30pm. Royal Observatory, Blackford

Hill, 031 6688405. £1.50 (75p). Alan

Pickup asks what did guide wise men to the baby Jesus, in an examination of this

; 2000-year-old mystery. See for Yourselll The observatory's popular telescopes are open every clear

week-night, 7—9pm. Phone 031 668 8405 at 4pm on the day to book. £1 .50.



Riddle’s Court, Lawnmarket.031661 8403. Free. Learn how to meditate with author Alan Spence.

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