MUSID classical & opera


It's Happ Birthday this month to the Hebrides Ensemble, who celebrate ten remarkable years of some of the most stunning, high- quality chamber music to e heard in Britain today. Co-founded by cellist William Conway and pianist Peter Evans, the group has held fast to its origina aims of gathering outstanding, mainly Scottish ased, musicians (including trumpeter Angela Whelan pictured right) to perform a cross-section of repertoire. 'We get the best possible players, who are really committed to playing chamber music with attention to detail and a sense of creativity,’ explains Evans. 'Pro rammes are a mix of great pieces mm the past, 20th century classics and the best of contemporary music.’

(Carol Main)

Hebrides Ensemble play Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 1 Feb and Queen ’5 Hall, Edinburgh,

Fri 2 Feb.


I The Harp Consort RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. £4 (£2.50). The Consort perform a programme of early Italian dance music, on harp, violin, guitar and cittern, with guest soprano Clara Sanabras.

SATURDAY 20 Edinburgh I One Voice Ensemble Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.45pm. £6 (£3). Guest conductor Jonathon 'l‘ilbrook joins the ensemble for ‘Folksongs New Music From Old’, featuring Luciano Berio's Fol/(songs, Gabriel Erkoreka’s Krater and Edward Harper‘s Piano Trio.


I Afternoon Music Recital Pollok Ilouse. Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 616 6410. 2pm. £4 (£3). Soprano Elizabeth Atherton. pianist Elena Nalimova and horn player Andrew Saunders perform works by Debussy. Strauss and Britten.

I From Russia With Children Cafe Cossachok. 10 King Street. 553 0733. 8.30pm. A group of young musical talents from Russia present an evening of classical and folk music as part of the Celtic Connections Festival.


I Edinburgh Palm Court Orchestra Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 2.30pm. £4—£7.50. The orchestra continue their journey along memory lane, with pianist David Lyle and soprano Elizabeth McKeon performing classic numbers from yesteryear.

I Adventures In Music - Kaleidoscope Usher Hall, Lothian Road. 228 1155. 3pm. £9 (£4—£5): family ticket £24. Children's Classic Concerts and the RSNO invite you to explore the various sections of the orchestra, with excerpts from Purcell’s A bdelazar Suite and Arlen's Somewhere Over The Rainbow.


I Joseph Long Carnegie Hall, East Port,

01383 314127. 7.30pm. £6 (£1-£5). A

concert from pianist Joseph Long, former

winner of the BBC Young Musician of the ’ear.

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I Musica Electronica Concert Hall, University of Glasgow, University Avenue. 3304092. 1.10pm. Free. Final year students on the BEng Electronics with Music course explore electroacoustic music from around the world.



I Academy Brass RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £4 (£2.50). Bryan Allen conducts the Academy‘s brass department in Field of Battle. a selection of famous battle scene compositions by Walton. Simon Wright and Frescobaldi.


I Nordic Nights Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place. 668 2019. 7.45pm. £9 (£4).Cellist William Conway is joined by pianist Peter Evans, flautist Matthew Studdert-Kennedy and electronics man Peter Nelson, for an evening of new Scandinavian works. See preview


I Royal Scottish National Orchestra Royal Concert Ilall. 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. 7.30pm. £10.25—£22.50. Principal Guest Conductor Marin Alsop is at the baton for James MacMillan‘s 1990 composition, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie. Also on the bill is Mendelssohn‘s Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish ', while guest violinist James Buswell joins the orchestra for Barber‘s liolin Concerto.

I Graeme Danby and Julia Lynch Merchants House, 7 West George Street. 334 9757. 12.45pm. £4.50 (£1.50—£4). Baritone Danby makes his annual return to Merchants House, this time joined by pianist Lynch for an afternoon of opera and son ).

I Ksenia Nosikova Concert Hall, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, 330 4092. 1.10pm. Free. Pianist Nosikova presents ‘Liszt At Lunchtime', featuring the Hungarian composer’s l’allee d 'Obermann and Petrarch ’s Sonatas.

I BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra BBC Studio 1, Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret Drive, 338 8844. 7.30pm.

Free. Rolf Guptha conducts the orchestra

in a programme entitled ‘Composers of the Future’. featuring a BBC commission by emerging young composer Thom Petty. Tickets are by postal application. send an s.a.e. to $50 Concerts Secretary, BBC Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, Gl2 8DG.


I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen‘s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.45pm. £5.50—£19. Esteemed conductor Paavo Berglund pays a rare visit to the UK. to lead the orchestra through some of his favourite works. Tchaikovsky‘s Serenade for Strings, Part's Concerto Piccolo and Haydn‘s Trumpet Concerto and Symphony No 10.? Drum Roll ' make up the bill, with guest trumpeter Hakan Hardenbergerjoining them as concerto soloist.

I Nordic Nights Reid Concert Hall. Bristo Square, 539 8877. 7.45pm. £9 (£4/free).Scandinavian electro-acoustic music with Erik Mikael Carlsson in charge of sound diffusion. See preview



I Scottish Chamber Orchestra City Hall, Candleriggs, 287 5511. 7.30pm. £5.50—£l7. See Thu 25.

I Midday Concert RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. £4 (£2.50). Cellist Robert Cohen performs Bach’s Suite No l in G and Kodaly’s Solo Sonata.


I Royal Scottish National Orchestra Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £8.25—£21.50. See Thu 25.

I BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 338 2606. 7.30pm. Free. Suzanna Malkki is at the baton for the second of three concerts being recorded for BBC Radio 3's contemporary music programme. ‘Hear and Now’. Tonight’s programme focuses on new works from Scandinavia, including pieces by Anders Hillborg, Haflidi Ilallgrimsson, Karin Rehnqvist and Poul Ruders. Tickets available from BBC Scotland. Queen Street. Edinburgh or, subject to availability. on the door.


I Concordia MacRobert, University of Stirling, 01786 461081. 8pm. £17 (£6—£l4.50). The quartet, on viols and lute, are joined by soprano Lorna Anderson for a programme entitled ‘Music For Mary Queen of Scots’. Haunting songs and consorts by composers such as John Black and Robert Johnson feature alongside an elegy to Mary’s memory written by William Byrd.



I Dialogues Des Carmelites RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.15pm. £10 (£7). One of Poulenc’s last works, this lyrical opera from the 1950s is performed by students of the Academy‘s Post Graduate Opera course and conducted by Timothy Dean. Set in a nunnery (see photo caption for examples of said ladies). the action takes place during the French Revolution when everyone’s faith is put to the test.


I Viva Verdi Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £5—£9 for singers (£4—£6 for audience). Professional soloists will be joined by a choir of over 300 singers for an evening of opera in celebration of the centennial of Verdi's death. All proceeds go to Waverley Care Trust, who provide support for people living with HIV and AIDS. To register as a singer call Waverley on 0131 556 3959. I Concordia St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, 668 2019. 7.45pm. £10 (£5). See Fri 26.

I Organ Recital Reid Memorial Church, 182 West Saville Terrace, 662 1203. 7.30pm. £6. John Kitchen, of Edinburgh University and Old St Paul's Church,

Haynes. Parry and Elgar.


performs works by Hollins. West.


I Sunday Afternoon Recital House For An Art Lover, Bellahouston Park. 10 Dumbreck Road. 353 4773. 2.30—3.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50) entry to House. The Music Room at the House is used just as Mackintosh intended, with an afternoon concert this time on trumpet and piano.



I Dialogues Des Carmelites RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.15pm. £10(£7). See Sat 27.


I Nash Ensemble Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 7.45pm. £9-£16. The ensemble present Mozart's Flute Quartet, Saint-Saens’ I'antasie for Violin and Harp, Debussy's Sonata for Flute. Viola and Harp and Mozart‘s Clarinet Quintet.


I Musica Electronica Concert Hall. University of Glasgow, University Avenue. 330 4092. 1.10pm. Free. See Tue 23.


I Edinburgh Schools Showcase Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £3.75 (£1.75). Young musical talents from over a dozen Edinburgh schools perform classical, jazz, rock, folk and more.


I Electroacoustic Concert RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1). New and improvised work by trumpeter Jonathan lmpett, accompanied by interactive electronics and computer.


I Edinburgh Schools Showcase Queen's Hall. Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £3.75 (£1.75). See The 30.


I The Arianna Duo Low Parks, 129 Muir Street, 01698 328232. 7.30pm. £4.50 (£1). This young female duo present ‘The Heavenly Harp and Flute’.


I Hebrides Ensemble 'Fanfare’ Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. 7.45pm. £8 (£2—£5). With critical praise coming out of their ears. the Hebs can't play a wrong note at the moment. Tonight in celebration of their 10th birthday they perform Stravinsky"s Fanfare for Two Trumpets. Poulcnc's Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, Martinu‘s La Revue de Cuisine and the world premiere of Kenneth Dempster’s II’yoming.

I Girl Choir Concert Hall, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, 3304092. 1.10pm. Free. Graham Hair directs the choir in William Wordsworth‘s A Vision and Eve de Castro-Robinson's .4 Chaos of Delight Ill. ;


I Dialogues Des Carmelites Festival Theatre, 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. 7.15pm. £10—£18.50. See Sat 27. j I The Dunedin Consort 'A Voice 2 From Heaven’ Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £6—£12 (£4—£10). The Consort - comprising eight singers, organist, narrator and conductor Ben Parry perform Elizabethan composer William Byrd's Audivi vocem de caelo.

I Edinburgh Schools Showcase Queen's Hall. Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £3.75 (£1.75). See Tue 30.