classical &

opera listings

Performances will be listed, provided that details reach our offices at least eight days before publication. Classical listings compiled by Kelly Apter.



I Melvyn Tan Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 5511. 7.30pm. A rare chance to catch this exceptional Singaporean pianist as he performs Brahms‘ Schumann lariations and Sonata in (‘ .‘llajor. plus Debtissy's‘ Preludes Book I.

I Royal Scottish National Orchestra Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 5511. 7.30pm. £10—£16. The RSNO Chorus and Wliitburn Brass Band celebrate St Andrew‘s night.

I The Scottish Flute Trio The Lighthouse. 11 Mitchell Lane, 221 6362. 1.15pm. l’ree. The trio are joined by percussionist lid Cervenka for a free performance of music from their Feasibility Studies CD. Composers featured on the album include Thea Musgrave. Edward McGuire and Gordon McPherson.


I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen's llall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.45pm. £5.50—£19. Cherubini‘s stormy overture from his l8th century tragic opera Medee is soothed over by Strauss‘ serene ()boe Concerto and Brahms‘ Serendade No 1. Lu Jia is the conductor and Gordon Hunt the guest soloist.

I Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers Canongate Kirk. 153 Canongate. 667 7776. 7.45pm. £6 (£3.50). Music to celebrate St Andrew‘s Day in a programme which includes music by Dufay. Lassus, Palestrina and Victoria.


I Dundee Chamber Music Concert Bonar llall. Park Place. ()1382 345466. 7.30pm. £9 (£4). Scottish soprano Lisa Milne is accompanied by pianist Richard Pierson for works by Haydn, Debussy and Richard Strauss.

Glasgow I Colin Currie RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. lpm. £4 (£2.50).

Young Scottish percussionist Currie gives a solo lunchtime recital of contemporary music. featuring works by Schmidt. Norgard. Reich. Kopetski and the world premiere of a new work by Dave Maric.


I Edinburgh Universi Music Society Sinfonia and C oir St Michael & All Saints‘ Church. Panmure Place, Tollcross. 07989856251. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Richard Jeffcoat and Hugh Thomas conduct the orchestra and choir in part one of Handel‘s Messiah and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols. I Christopher Rathbone McEwan Hall. Bristo Square. 650 4381. 1.10pm. Free. Organist Rathbone performs a self- penned work. followed by Leighton‘s V’ni Redemptor.

I Fair City Singers St Cuthbert‘s Church. Lothian Road. 7.30pm. Tickets at door. A lively youth choir drawn from Perth and environs.

SATURDAY 2 Edinburgh I Meadows Chamber Orchestra Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.45pm. £7.50 (£l—£6). Peter Evans conducts the orchestra in the premiere of lain Matheson‘s From Time To Time. Shostakovich's Symphony No I and is joined by guest soloists Ulrike Fenner and Catherine Marwood for Mozart‘s Sinfonia C oncertante.

classical & Opera MUSIC

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Royal Concert Hall’s International Series. Early in his career he was conductor of Glasgow's BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra but is now best known for his ei hteen-year-long relations ip with the City of Birmin ham Symphony Orchestra. Rattle as numerous other associations with orchestras at home and abroad and he is no stranger to the Vienna Phil.,

havin previously toured Europe with t em he also conducted them at last ear’s prestigious Salzburg Festiva . The concert on Sat 9 Dec will include Beethoven's immensely popular Fifth Symphony.

I Cappella Nova - A Medieval Advent Old St Paul‘s Church. 63 Jeffrey ; Street. 556 3332. 7.30pm. £6—£9

; (£4.50—£6.50). The vocal ensemble open

their winter season with J.S. Bach’s motets Jesu. meine Freude and Komm. Jesu. Komm. plus Palestrina’s Mass Aeterna Christi munera. Guest organist David llamilton joins them for the


I Edinburgh Bach Society Greyfriars

; Kirk. Greyfriars Place. 668 2019.

7.30pm. £10 (£8). Conductor Neil Mantle ; is joined by soprano Diane Atherton. alto Jennifer Higgins. tenor Andrew Carwood i and bass Mark Bundy for Bach‘s

Christmas Oratorio.

I Just Flutes Cafe Hub. Castlehill, Royal Mile. 473 2067. 7.30pm. £25 (£22 in advance). The Hub Cafe continues its

series of concerts with a visit from Just ; Flutes. As the name suggests. this all- ; female quartet favour the same

instrument. performing a range of music.

from early classics through to the works of Whistlebinkies flautist. Edward McGuire. Ticket price includes a three- course meal.

I Helen Philips Edinburgh Castle. 9846. lpm—3pm. Castle entrance fee: £7 (£2—£5). Philips performs a selection of medieval Christmas carols.

I Song Recital Canongate Kirk. Royal Mile. 7.30pm. Free. Music by Bach, Mozart. Schubert and Faure in ducts and solos, performed by Loretta Hopkins and Emily l‘lilditch.


I Paragon Ensemble Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 5511. lpm. £18—£16 including lunch (£5—£7 concert only). The Ensemble continue their popular Sunday Brunch series with an afternoon performance of Bartok’s Contrasts and Spohr's Septet followed by an all-you-can-eat buffet.

I Glasgow Festival Strings St Andrew‘s ln The Square. St Andrew’s Street. 287 5511. 2.30pm. £8.50 (£4). The orchestra perform McGibbon’s Sonata For Strings. Borodin’s Nocturne. Britten‘s Simple Symphony. Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Vivaldi‘s Winter from The Four Seasons and Edward McGuire's The Fiddler 3‘ Farewell.

I Cappella Nova - A Medieval Advent St Bride’s Church. Hyndland. 7.30pm. £6-£9 (£4.50—£6.50). See Edinburgh Sat 2.

I GoodShepherd Chorus and Orchestra St Margaret‘s Church. Kilmarnock Road. Newlands. 423 7446. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Andrew Hopwood conducts the orchestra, chorus and guest soloists from Scottish Opera in Handel‘s Messiah.



' I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 2.30pm. £6.50—£12.50. A chamber concert with Mr McFall‘s Chamber. a ; group which defy categorisation and bring a fresh approach to classical music. This afternoon they perform Copland‘s 'l'wo pieces for String

Dances and Barber's String Quartet. I St Giles' At Six St Giles‘ Cathedral. Royal Mile. 225 9442. 6pm. Free. Organist Peter Backhouse gives a recital.

I Advent Carol Service by Candlelight St Mary‘s Cathedral. 23 Palmerston Place. 667 7776. 6.30—7.45pm. Free. Advent carols old

and new sung in candlelight by the internationally renowned Cathedral Choir.

I Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra Reid Concert Hall. Edinburgh University. Bristo Square. 668 2019. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). Edward Harper conducts the orchestra in works

guest bassoonist Simon Rennard.


I Kirkcaldy Choral Union Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Road. 01592 412929. 7.30pm. £7 (£3—£6). The Kirkcaldy Choral Union celebrate their 200th concert with a programme of music by Sir Edward Elgar.


I Travelling By Tuba Carnegie Hall. East Port, ()1383 314127. 7.30pm. £6 (£l—£5). Performing over two hundred concerts each year. Stewart Death and

Quartet. Adams' John 's Book of .4 lleged

by Berio, Weber and Mendelssohn, with

1 Gavin Woods stop off at Carnegie Hall.




I Paul Lewis Queen‘s llall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.45pm. £3—£16. Lewis. the winner of the 1994 World Piano Competition and recipient of much praise from the likes ofAlfred Brendel. performs piano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, along with works by Liszt and Schubert.


I Stirling University Orchestral Society MacRobert. University of Stirling. ()1786 461081. 8pm. £4 (£2.50). This young orchestra perform compositions by Telemann and Dvorak. and Rossini‘s popular Barber ofSeville: Overture.



I Madama Butterfly Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. 7.15pm. £3.50—£46. David McVicar directs Puccini‘s tragic love story about the young Japanese girl betrayed by the mean old American sailor. Russian soprano Natalia Dercho takes on the role of Cio-Cio-San and tenor Ian Storey plays her long-lost love, Pinkerton. See preview.

I Glasgow Symphony Orchestra Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church, Nithsdale Road. 339 4281. 7.30pm. £4. Tickets from the Alliance Francais. The orchestra celebrate their 25th birthday with a programme of French music including works by Berlioz, Debussy and Faure.

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