Scottish International Piano Competition Pianist John Lill (pictured) heads the team of judges attempting to whittle 46 talented young ivory tinklers down to twelve semi-finalists and just one lucky winner. in one of the most prestigious events in the Scottish musical calendar. RSAMD, Glasgow. Fri 7—SL/n 9. Wed 72—Thu 73 Sep; Royal Concert Hall, Sun 76 Sep.

Die Walkiire Director Tim Albery and the team resume their positions after last year‘s triumphant Rheingo/d. taking us on the next step of our journey through Wagner's monumental Ring Cycle. Theatre Royal. Glasgow Sat 8. Thu 73 a Wed 79 Sep.

A Family Guide To House Monsters The BT Scottish Ensemble do it for the kids with this exciting adaptation of Stanislav Marijanovic's eponymous book. narrated by Tim Settle. See preview. Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. Sun 76 Sep.

Bond It's classical. but not as we know it. This funky female foursome strip the genre of its stuffy image and dress it back up in tight-fitting leather and satin. See photo caption. Usher Hall. Edinburgh, Wed 79 Sep.


I Carmen Playhouse. 18 22 (ireenside Place. 0870 6063424. 7.30pm. £13.50 £32.50. See Tue 1 1.


0 Die Walkiire Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. 5pm. £6.05 £55. Sec Sat 8.

OScottish International Piano Competition - Stage 2 RSAMI). 100 Renl'rew Street. 332 5057. 1.15pm & ().45pm. £-1 al'ternoon; £7 evening (£2.50 afternoon; £4 evening). See Wed 12.

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There aren’t many string quartets who can claim to have sold a million albums, appeared in the pop charts and posed naked for photographs. But then Bond aren’t just any old bunch of fiddlers. Since their formation in 1999, the sassy foursome have taken a battering ram to classical convention, pouring everything from salsa to trance into their arrangements of traditional compositions. Comprising Australian violinist Haylie Ecker, English cellist

Gay-Yee Westerhoff and Welsh lasses Eos (pronounced Ay-os, meaning ‘nightingale') and Tania Davis on violin and

viola respectively, Bond are all in their mid-20$ and graduated from some of the world’s finest music schools. Having played with the likes of Julian Cope, Primal Scream and the Spice Girls, the quartet wisely took a leaf out of the latter’s style book rather than emulating Jules or Bobby, and are currently the hottest thing on four strings.

I Bond play the Usher Hall. Edinburgh, Wed l9 Sep.


I Turandot Playhouse. I8 22 (ireenside Place. 0870 (3063-12-1. 7.30pm. £13.50 £32.50. '1'he(‘hisinau National Opera pay a return visit to the Playhouse. this time with Puccini's tale ol‘ a cold- hearted princess and her unlucky suitors.


I East Lothian Schools Music Recital St Mary‘s I’arish (‘hurch. The Sidcgate. 01620 823378. 7pm. £3 ((‘hildren and students tree). A mix of classical favourites from this young ensemble.


I BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra ('ity Hall. ('andleriggs. 287 551 1. 8pm. £(i. In honour of Ian Whytc. Head of .\1usic at BB(' Scotland limit] 1935 19-10. and principal conductor ol‘ the then BBC Scottish Orchestra from 1046 1060. Jer/y Maksyiniuk conducts a programme of Sihclius. Thomas Wilson (with guest pianist Philip 1‘owke) and Whyte hiinsell'. See preview.


I Turandot Playhouse. 18 22 (ireenside Place. 0870 0063-12-1. 7.30pm. £13.50 £32.50.See'1‘hu 13.


I BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Whither Scottish Music? BB(' Sttidio 1. Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret Drive. 338 88-14. 2 5pm. 1‘rce. A programme ol~ live chamber music accompanies this seminar chaired by Hip .S't'olsmuii's Ken Walton and l'eaturing contrihulions trom

composers Martin Dalhy and Stuart .‘ylacRae. BB(‘ 880 director Hugh Macdonald and The Herald‘s Michael 'l'umelty. l’ree tickets are availahle l‘rom SS() (‘oncerts. BBC Broadcasting House. Queen Margaret I)rive. (ilasgow. (112 81X}. Phone 01-11 338 2916 for l‘urther into.

I The Glasgow Phoenix Choir Royal (‘oncert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10 £15. ('horal concert from (ilasgow 's acclaimed enseinhle of 1.000 singers.


I National Youth Choir Of Scotland Queen's Hall. ('lerk Street. 668 201‘). 7.30pm. £8 (£1 £0). ('hristopher Bell conducts the superh young choir in Haydn's .lluxs In The “ma ()flliu' and ('hilcott's .llukiiig (Ill/iv Drum amongst other works. I Carmen 1’layhouse. 18-22 (ireenside Place. 0870 6063-12-1. 7.30pm.

£13.50 £32.50. See Tue 11.


QScottish International Piano Competition Final Roy-til ('oncet‘t Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. (i.~l5pm. £12 £25 (£9 £22). 1:1‘00140. down to twelve and now down to just four. Accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. the talented young pianists hattle it out for this prestigious prize. perlorining a concerto ot‘ their choice under the baton of Alexander 1.a/arev.


0A Family Guide To House Monsters Queen's Hall. (‘lt‘l‘k Stl‘L‘L‘l. (m8 201‘). 2.30pm. £7 (£4; £18 lamily tick- ctl. Stanislay .\1ari_iano\ ic's children's hook is adapted for the stage. performed by nar-

rator 'l'im Settle and the B'1‘ Scottish linsemhle. See preview.


I 800 Chamber Ensemble lilie Parish ('hurch. High Street. 4pm. £12.50 1 (£2.50 £10). Violinist Alexander Janiczek leads the ensemble in well-known octets hy Mendelssohn and Schubert.


I La Traviata Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. 7.15pm. £5.50 £50. Scottish ()pera present Verdi's classic opera about two lovers from different sides of the track. ('laire Rutter stars as the beautiful courtesan Yiolclta. while Iivan Bowers and 1|ya 1.evinsky share the role ol‘All‘redo.

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0 Die Walkiire Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. 5pm. £605- £55. See Sat 8.


0 Bond 1'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 22t 1155. 7.30pm. £17.50 £19. See photo cap- lion.


I La Traviata Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. 7.15pm. £5.50 £50. See Mon 17.


I HMS Pinafore Adam Smith 'I'heatre. Bennochy Road. 01502 412029. 7.30pm. £10.50 (£8501. ()pera della |.una perform one ol'(ii1hert & Sullivan's best loved \vorks.