6—Wed l I. and the concerts. workshops. masterclasses. ceilidhs. recitals and harp- inakers exhibition are all held here. The one exception is tonight's opening concert. see below. A 35-page programme of the classes and workshops is available free at the venue. Information from 445 2022. Festival website www.harpfestival.co.uk

I Edinburgh Harp Festival Opening Concert Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. 668 20l9. 7.30pm. £l2 (£8). The Tree Of Strings includes a harp octet and a clarsach (Scottish small harp) octet. with soloists Dutch harper Edward Witsenburg and Welsh triple harper Robin litiw Bowen. Centrepiece is the premiere of a newa commissioned work. Plt’t‘t’.\ til/fight. by liddie McGuire. I’art ol‘lz'rlinlmtjelt Harp Festival. For all information. see tor/av. above.

I Lismore Rugby Club Ceilidh St Bride's Centre. ()rwell Terrace. 346 1405. 8pm. £7. A fundraising ceilidh featuring the Lismore Ceilidh Band.


I Sheena Wellington Manor Park Hotel. Kilmarnock Road. 01292 479365. 8 ll.l5pm. £5 (£4). Scots singer Wellington with ballads and songs.


I Terz Craigsfarm. Maree Walk. Craigshill. ()l506 433634. 8pm. £6 (£4). Local trio blend the sounds of different guitars in a candlelit concert.


I Robin Huw Bowen Merchiston Castle School. 7—8pm. £8 (£6). An expert teacher and the leading player of the uniquely trying Welsh Triple Harp it has three rows of parallel strings! Part of Iz‘rlinlnog/i Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.

I Imperial Cancer Research Ceilidh Dance St Brides Centre. ()rwell Terrace. 346 1405. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). Music from the Atild Reekie Band. I Ceilidh Merchiston Castle School. 8.30~—| lpm. £5. Performances from some of the festival tutors. Colin McLellan and the 'l‘hunderdogs provide the dance music. l’art o/‘Iz'rlinlnagli Harp Festival. For all in/orinatiim. .vee Fri 6.

I Simon’s Sahara Ball Learnionth Hotel. Learinonth Terrace. 343 2671. 6.30pin—lam. Ticket £35. froin the hotel. include a champagne reception. four- course meal with wine. sit-down entertainment and a ceilidh dance. Music from the lindangered Species. In aid of Maggie‘s Cancer Caring Centres.

I Ceilidhs At The Caley Caledonian Brewery. Slateford Road. 623 8066. 7pm. £6 (£5). Traditional Scottish dancing for experienced and beginners alike.


I Zuba Cowane Centre. Cowane Street. ()l 786 473544. 9pm. £8 (£6). See Fri 6.


I Edward Witsenburg and Jennifer Campbell Merchiston Castle School. l.45—2.45pm. £8 (£6). Dutch harpist Witsenburg. a teacher at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague for fony years. is joined by young Scottish clarsach player Jennifer Campbell. principal harp with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. Part of'lz'rli'nbio'gli Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.

I Laas and Rupert Parker Merchiston Castle School. 7.30—10pm. £9 (£7). Celtic harp and violin duo Laas perform traditional Greek songs and give them a contemporary spin. while Rupert Parker brings a background in rock and pop. and aims to bring the harp into the mainstream. Part of Edinburgh Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.

I Alison McMorland and Geordie

McIntyre Wee Folk Club. Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. 557 2976. 8.30pm. £3. First-rate singing from two veterans of the folk revival. Traditional ballads. street songs and their own compositions are performed with occasional spare accompaniment on banjo and guitar. Cloialherijv Day. Alison's first albutn in decades hasjust been released.

Monday 9


I Na Clarsairean (Scottish Harp Orchestra) Merchiston Castle School. l.45~2.45pm. £8 (£6). Formed over twenty years ago. this group of harpists is augmented by flute. cello and fiddle musicians fora selection of Scottish and Gaelic music. Part oflirlinlnogli Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.

I Maire Ni Chathasaigh, Chris Newman and Shine Merchiston Castle School. 7.30—l0pm. £9 (£7). Leading lrish harpist Chathasaigh and eloquent acoustic guitarist and ex-Boy Of The Lough Newman mix Irish and Scottish music. bluegrass and baroque. New trio Shine join two Cainac electroharps with startling vocal harmonies. Part ol'lz'rlinliitrgli Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6. See Music pret'iett'.

I Womenfolk WJ Christie‘s. Westport. (irassmarket. 8pm. New female duo on vocals and guitar.

Tuesday 10


I Alison Kinnaird Merchiston Castle School. l.45—2.45pm. £8 (£6). An early figure in the Scottish Harp revival. awarded an MBli in I997 for her services to music. Kinnaird talks about her instruments and gives a recital. Part ol'lz'ilinlntrglt Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.

I Cameo Concert Merchiston Castle School. 7—8pin. £8 (£6). A mixed bill of performers including harpists front the United States and a performance of Highland-based .‘vlarie-Louise Napier's suite ‘Capers. Crossbills and Crested Tits“. Rosemary McKerchar and Ian Inglis perform early Scottish music. and Dutch master Edward Witsenburg and Edinburgh's young and talented Maeve Gilchrist round tip the concert. Part of Edinburgh Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.

I Open Session Merchiston Castle School. 7.30—-l().30pm. Free. Musicians and friends welcome at this informal session. l’art of'lz‘rlinlmrglt Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.

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I Cliar Merchiston Castle School. 7—8.15pin. £9 (£7). This fine Gaelic group features Arthur Cormack as one of three top vocalists. two clarsachs. keyboard. fiddle and guitar. Part ofEr/inlmrgli Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.

I The McCalmans Edinburgh Folk Club. Cabaret Bar. The Pleasance. 650 2349. 8pm. £6 (£5). The Big Macs have been performing since 1964. recorded over twenty albums. sing in three-part harmony. and collect jokes from all over the world. I Farewell Ceilidh Merchiston Castle School. 830—! lpm. £5. Live performances from singers and harpists. Colin McLellan and the Thunderdogs provide music for dancing. £an oflztlinlnogli Harp Festival. For all information. see Fri 6.


I Dick Gaughan The Star Club. Riverside Club. Fox Street. 569 7287. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Passionate. politicised vocals. Scots ballads and even Jagger/Richard songs from the unique Scots singer and talented guitarist.

Edinburgh I Leo McCann and Kris Drever Wee Folk Club. Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. 557

2976. 8pm. £5. Accordion and whistle- driven Irish music duo. with lyrical Lanark- based songwriter Tom Clelland in support. I Amu and Heather Netherbow Arts Centre. High Street. 556 9579/2647. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). Ghanaian storyteller and musician Gift Amu Logoste is joined by Scots harper/story teller Heather Yule (clarsach) in this perfortnance. Start of the (ilianaian Arts Festival.


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


RSNO Discovery Series With James Macfvlillan at the helm. this was always going to be an interesting series. As usual. one of Macfvlillan‘s former students opens the bill. followed by diverse works by two Fins: Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Thu 5 Apr.

BT Scottish Ensemble The Ensembles 2000 2001 series draws to a close with a folky flavoured programme. highlighting composers


I Royal Scottish National Orchestra Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 5511. 7.30pm. £8.25—-£2 l .50. The RSNO's‘ Shostakovich series continues apace. with Alexander Lazarev conducting the Russian composer's vast. war-inspired .S'ymplionv .Vo 7 'Imiingrarl'. Also on the bill is Beethoven's Piano Concerto No .i’. ably performed by soloist John Lill.

I Opera On A Shoestring Citizens‘ Theatre. I I9 Gorbals Street. 429 0022. 7.30pm. £5—£ I 5. The company dedicated to producing accessible. quality opera on relatively no money. present this new production of Verdi's dark tale of curses and conspiracies. Nicholas Folwell. a stalwart of both the Royal and Scottish Operas. takes on the title role.

I David Franceschetti Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 287 55! l. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). The award-winning young ltalian pianist performs a wide- ranging programme of works.

I Strathclyde University Concert Lord Todd Bar. Campus Village. University of Strathclyde. 548 2435. 7.30pm. £6 (£3—£4.50). Alan Tavener conducts a fundraising concert and ceilidh.

I Lanarkshire Youth Wind Orchestra Easter Concert RSAMD. I00 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £7 (£4). The respected youth orchestra play a variety of popular works.


I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. 668 20l9. 7.45pm. £5.50—£l9. A night ofAmerican classics from the SCO. with conductor Andrew Litton at the baton. Featured pieces include Diamond's Maxie/or .S'liakespeare '3 Romeo and Juliet. Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata (with soloist Richard Stolzman). Schuman‘s Symphony

for Strings and Copland's .l’lltxlt‘for

Movies. A pre-concert talk will be given at 6.45pm.

I The Mikado King‘s Theatre. 2 Leven Street. 529 6000. 7.30pm. £7—£l2 (£5-£7). Edinburgh's Gilbert 8; Sullivan Society present this popular operetta set in Japan. I Hallam Macleod Guitar Duo St Mark‘s L'nitarian Church. Castle Terrace. 7.30pm. Tickets at door. The highly acclaimed and popular duo play music by Scarlatti. Vivaldi. Sor. Albeniz. Granados and de Falla.


I Dunedin Consort Paisley Abbey. Abbey Place. 889 7654. 7pm. £1 L50. Ben Parry is at the baton for the Consort’s ever- popular Easter rendition of Bach's St Matthew" Passion. Picander's devotional verse will add an extra dimension to the

such as Bartok and Grieg who absorbed the traditions of their homelands. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Fri 6 Apr; Queen's Hall. Edinburgh, Sat 7 Apr.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Drawn from throughout the UK and displaying more talent than should be allowed for ones so young, this acclaimed bunch of 13—19-year-olds perform works by Dvorak and Suk. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Fri 6 Apr.

performance. with James Gilchrist and Jonathan Arnold singing the roles of the Evangelist and Christus in German.


I The Three Irish Sopranos Falkirk Town Hall. West Bridge Street. ()I 324 506850. 8pm. £9—£l(). An evening of operatic favourites and Broadway hits with Deirdre Masteron. Kay Lynch and Shirley Keane.


I Scottish Chamber Orchestra City Hall. Candleriggs. 287 55] l. 7.30pm. £5.50—£l7 See Thu 29.

I Lanarltshire Youth Orchestra Easter Concert RSAMD. l()() Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £7 (£4). The respected youth orchestra play works by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak among others.


I Royal Scottish National Orchestra L'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 l I55. 7.30pm. £10.25—£22.50. See Thu 29.

I Dunedin Consort (ireyfriars Kirk. Greyfriars Place. 668 20l9. 7pm. £8.50—£l2. See Thu 29.

I Music For Flute And Piano Stockbridge Parish Church. Saxe Coburg Street. 667 7776. 7.30pm. £7 (£5). Flautist Katharine Wake and pianist Mark Owen perform works by Roussel. Rachmaninov. Widor and Donizetti amongst others.

I The Mikado King's Theatre. 2 Leven Street. 5296000. 7.30pm. £7—£l2 (£5—£7). See Thti 29.


I Scottish Opera - Don Giovanni Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. 2. l5pm. £3.50-£46. John Cox directs and Peter Howson designs Scottish Opera's first main stage outing this season: Mozart's recounting of the conquests of notorious Spanish seducer. Don Juan.

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