I Dalkeith and Monktonhall Silver Band Priestﬁeld Parish Church, Dalkeith Road, 669 7762. 7.30pm. £5 (£1). Fundraising concert featuring a wide range of music, from classical standards to popular tunes.
I The Kevoclt Choir Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 2.30pm. £7—£9 (£5—£7). See Sat 29.
I The Edinburgh Academy St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 225 9442. 6pm. Free. Musicians from the Academy perform works by Lotti, Bruni, Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss.
I Edinburgh University Music Society Symphony Orchestra Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2423. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Richard Jeffcoat conducts soprano Fiona Duncan and the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No 4, Strauss’s Four Last Songs and El ar’s In The South.
I Practice C oir Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 668 2019. 8pm. £6.50 (£4.50). That’s practice with a C, not an 5, so we can assume they’ve all fully accomplished vocalists. Tonight conductor Susan Dingle leads the choir in a programme of heavenly works by Wesley, Saint-Sachs, Bartok, Faure and Schubert.
TUESDAY 2 Glasgow
I Scottish Opera - Macbeth Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 332 9000. 7.15pm. £5.50—£45.50. First performed at the 1999 Edinburgh lntemational Festival, this acclaimed production of Verdi’s Shakespearean adaptation comes from the directorial hand of Luc Bondy. Richard Zeller and Kathleen Broderick return to the lead roles, and conductor Richard Armstrong is at the baton. Sung in Italian with supertitles.
I Academy Now! RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Composers Peter Dowling, Kenny MacKinnon and Alan Roach join forces with students from the Contemporary Theatre Practice course, for a collaborative project which also incorporates music from Greek composer Jani Christou and Italian Luciano Berio.
I Jan Waterfield National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Waterfteld gives a lunchtime recital on a chamber organ built by Lammermuir Pipe Organs for the Dunedin Consort. The man responsible for creating this beautiful and atmospheric instrument, Neil Richerby, will give a post-concert talk.
WEDNESDAY 3 Glasgow
I Academy Now! RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). New York, a new piece by RSAMD lecturer Alistair McDonald forms the highlight of this Academy Now! festival concert, which also features ﬁve new pieces of electroacoustic music and video.
I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Younger Hall, North Street, 01334 474610. 7.45pm. £5.50—£14.50. Finland’s most famous son Jean Sibelius contributes two works to tonight’s bill, Rakastava and Suite, Mignonne, with another, lesser- known Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara providing the Scottish premiere of his Autumn Gardens. Rogue Russian Tchaikovsky sneaks in with his Violin Concerto performed by guest soloist Pekka Kuusisto.
THURSDAY 4 Glasgow I Jill Morton Merchants House, 7 West George Street, 334 9757. 12.45pm. £4.50
(£1.50—£4). A big hit last year when she appeared at Merchants House with her cellist sister, pianist Morton returns for a solo spot performing works by Beethoven, Cho in and Ravel.
I University 0 Glasgow Music Student Performance Concert Hall, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, 330 4092. 1.10pm. Free. Final year students demonstrate the fruits of a year’s work.
I Academy Now! RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7pm. £3.50 (£2.50). The Academy Now! festival continues with a programme of new chamber music, including the world premiere of Stephen Davismoon’s Tuba Concerto.
I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.45pm. £5.50-£18.50. See Wed 3.‘
I Lunchtime Organ Music St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 225 9442. 1.10pm. Free. London-based organist Paul Ayres gives a free lunchtime recital featuring works by J.S.Bach, Schnittke and Franck.
I Christopher Stembridge St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, 668 2019. 1.10pm. Free. Stembridge gives a recital on the enharmonic organ.
FRIDAY 5 Glasgow
I Paragon Premieres ll RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £9 (£1-£4.50). Garry Walker conducts a night of fresh young talent featuring no less than nine world premieres. Compositions from Higher Still music pupils and students of the RSAMD and Glasgow University rub shoulders with two specially commissioned pieces by Scottish composers Alasdair Nicolson and William Sweeney.
I Academy Now! RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. lpm. £3.50 (£2.50). A midday concert featuring two pieces of electroacoustic music performed on brass instruments, including David Fennessy’s Brass Quintet, the winning entry in the Dinah Wolfe Composition Prize.
SATURDAY 6 Glasgow
I Scottish Opera - Macbeth Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 332 9000. 7.15pm. £5.50—£45.50. See Tue 2.
I Cosi fan tutte RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £8 (£5). One of Britain’s leading singers, Benjamin Luxon, directs students of the RSAMD Opera School in Mozart’s most contemporary opera.
I Saxophone and Guitar Recital Wellington Church, 77 Southpark Avenue (off University Avenue), 334 0454. 2.30pm. £1. Alto saxophonists Lorna Brown and John Kennedy and guitarist Steph Black - all of whom are students of the Strathclyde University BA Applied Music course — with piano accompaniment perform works by Milhaud, Mozart, Villa Lobos and others. I The Scott Trio Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, 221 7484. 2pm. Free. The trio, on violin, cello and clarinet, give an afternoon recital featuring the premiere of Danny in the Park by Glasgow composer Tommy Fowler.
I Bach and his Contemporaries St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 225 9442. 4.30pm. £5. A afternoon of music for choir and organ, featuring J .S. Bach’s Singer dem Herrn.
I Jacques Van Oortmerssen Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2423. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). In this anniversary year, organist Van Oortmerssen looks back at the work of the great German composer in a recital entitled ‘Imperishable Models of Art — Bach’s Keyboard Music 250 Years On’.
I Edinburgh Concert Band Central Hall, West Tollcross, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). For their twelfth annual concert, the band will perform a pot pourri of music including Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.
I Edinburgh Royal Choral Union St Mary’s Cathedral, 23 Palmerston Place, 667 7776. 7.30pm. £10 (£5-£8). The BT Scottish Ensemble join the vocal group for ‘Classics With The Choral’, an evening of works by Mozart (Requiem), Bach and Finzi. Martyn Brabbins conducts, with guest soprano, counter tenor, tenor and bass.
SUNDAY 7 Glasgow
I Celebration Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 287 5511. 8pm. £6.95 (£3.50). A musical celebration hosted by Sheena Wellington which sees the lestyn Evans Quintet representing the jazz world, harpist Phamie Gow providing the folk sounds, Catherine Baker offering up some classical and cabaret singing, and Philippa Vafadari putting on a show which involves both circus and acting skills.
I Sunday Promenade Organ Concerts Art Gallery & Museum, Kelvingrove, Argyle Street, 287 2699. 2.30—4pm. Free. Organist John Walker delivers an afternoon of popular classics.
I Eastertide Choral Evensong St Bride’s Church, Hyndland, 548 3444. 3.30pm. Free. Strathclyde University Chamber Choir are joined by organist Christopher Nickol and conductor Alan Tavener for this afternoon concert.
I Scottish Chamber Orchestra String Quartet Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 3pm. £5—£12(concs available). A chamber music concert from this string wing of the orchestra, featuring Beethoven’s Variations on ‘Bei Mannern’ and, with the help of hem-player Radovan Vlatkovic, Mozart’s Horn Quintet and Brahms’ Horn Trio.
I Sinfonia Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £7 (£3—£6). One of the jewels in Scotland’s orchestral crown, Sinfonia bring their 99/2000 season to a close with an unashamedly popular programme. Violin soloist Anna Morris joins them for Mendelssohn’s Violin Conderto in E minor, which shares the bill with Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture: Romeo and Juliet and Rimsky- Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
I Michael Bonaventure St Peter’s Church, Lutton Place, 667 9838. 4.30pm. Free. An afternoon of contemporary Scottish and French organ music from keyboard maestro Bonaventure, including the premiere of Tommy Fowler’s Lament for an Unknown Father, and James Douglas’ The High Mountains.
I St Giles' At Six St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 225 9442. 6pm. Free. Roger Williams conducts the University of Aberdeen Choral Society in works by Bruckner, Mendelssohn and others.
Paragon Ensemble Scotland
Spring Season 09/00
David Davies Artistic Director
Friday 5th May 7.30pm
9 world premieres including new Paragon commissions from Scottish composers Alasdair Nicolson and William Sweeney
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama 0141 332 5057
classical & opera MUSIC
MONDAY 8 Glasgow
I Cosi fan tutte RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.15pm. £8 (£5). See Sat 6.
TUESDAY 9 Edinburgh
I The Edinburgh Quartet Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2423. 1.10pm. Free. A free lunchtime concert from the string quartet, featuring Haydn’s Quartet Opus 20 No 6 and Cresswell’s revised Quartet.
WEDNESDAY 10 Glasgow
I The Linn Choir City Hall, Candleriggs, 287 5511. 7.30pm. £6. Linda Ormiston, James Nicol and John Scrimger join the choir for a light-hearted evening entitled ‘lt’s a Grand Night for Singing’. Let’s hope it is.
I BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra City Hall, Candleriggs, 287 5511. 7.30pm. £7—£l 6 (£6). As the year 2000 gets into full flow, the BBC SSO take a look back at the dawn of the previous century in their three-concert series 1900: Birth of a Century. Art era of much artistic and cultural change, the concerts reﬂect the coming together of traditional and modern which took place at that time, with Bartok’s Violin Concerto No I and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben on the bill for Concert 2. Conductor Vassin Sinaisky is at the baton, and Greek-born virtuoso violinist Leonidas Kavakos is the soloist.
I Cosi fan tutte RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £8 (£5). See Sat 6.
I Europe Day Concert 2000 Merchants House, 7 West George Street, 334 9757. lpm. Free. Students from the RSAMD celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Union with a programme of works for mezzo-soprano, flute, trumpet and piano.
I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.45pm. £5.50—£18.50. Joseph Swensen conducts Wagner’s Siegfied ldyll, a romantic piece written by the Austrian composer for his actress wife; Schumann’s Symphony No 2 and, with the help of guest soloist Radovan Vlatkovic, Strauss’s Horn Concerto No I . I Cosi fan tutte Festival Theatre,
13—29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. 7.15pm. £5.50—£17.50 (£4.50—£15.50). See Sat 6.
I Lunchtime Organ Music St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 225 9442. 1.10pm. Free. A free recital from Michael Harris, organist and Master of Music at St Giles’, featuring works by Ritter, J.S.Bach and Liszt.
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