Music folk & world listings



& opera

Saturday 17 continued

I Jane Birkin - Arabesque t'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 1155. 8pm. £14.507£18.50. See Rock and prev iew.

Sunday 18


I From Russia with Lev ('afe Cossachok. Russian Cultural Centre. King Street. 553 0733. 8.30pm. Free. (iypsy and Russian music from violinist Lev Atlas.


I Martin Curtis Wee Folk Club. Royal Oak. Infirmary Street. 557 2976. 8.30pm. Songs and stories from the New Zealander on his eighth British tour.


I Batanai Marimba 'l‘olbooih. Jail Wynd. 01786 274000. 7.30pm. £12 (£8). Nine-piece band driven by a five-piece traditional African xylophoiie rhythm section.

Monday 19


I Malinky Stirling Folk Club. (iolden Lion Hotel. King Street. 0125‘) 218521. 8pm. Singer/songwriter Karine Polvvart is one of two strong vocalists in the young Edinburgh-based band.

Tuesday 20


0 Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Fourteen Shabala and Shongshilo l'sher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 l155. 8pm. £12.50—£22.5(). International touring phenomenon from South Africa. Hymnal-based vocal harmony and clever dancey stagecraft. Support from Zulu maskanda guitar/squashbox dtio Fourteen Shabala and Shorigshilo.

I Leao do Norte Bongo Club. )4 New Street. 558 7604. 10am—3pm. £5. The Edinburgh Samba School presents a new north-east Brazilian carnival show with drumming. dance. song and DJs.

Wednesday 21


0 Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Fourteen Shabala and Shongshilo Royal (‘oneen Hall. Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £17.50—£22.50. See Tue 20.

I Ceilidh Dance Class and Traditional Singing Session Si Andrew's in the Square. off Saltrnarket. St Andrew‘s Street. 548 6020. 7.30—‘).30pm. £3.50. See Wed 14.


I Back of the Moon Edinburgh Folk Club. Cabaret Bar. the Pleasance. 650 2349. 8pm. £6 (£5). Pipes. fiddle. guitar and piano and vocals.

I 00 Country Band Queen Charlotte Rooms. Queen Charlotte Street. 555 6660. 8pm. £2.50 (£2 musicians).See Wed 14.


0 Yat-Kha Renfrew Ferry. Clyde Place. 287 551 1. 8pm. £1 1 from Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 353 8000. Astonishing band from Tuva. the tiny republic next to Mongolia. Throat- singing folk rock that rattles the floorboards. See preview.


I Kieran Halpin Live at the Star. Cafe Source. St Andrews in the Square. St Andrews Square. off Saltmarket. 548 6020. 8pm. £6 (£4). Scots-domiciled lrish folksinger/guitarist sings from a massive repertoire. culled from his 1 1 albums.

58 THE LIST 8—22 May 2003

Events are listed by date, then city. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to Ruth Hedges at, by post or by tax on 0131 557 8500. Listings are compiled by Ruth Hedges and Carol Main.

Thursday 8


I Electroacoustic Concert RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Alistair MacDonald. acclaimed composer. directs a programme of British electrixicoustic intisic. Immersive soundscapes real. surreal. imagined or abstract are explored in a variety of works. presented on a iiiulti-channelled. multi-speaker sound system.

I Stimmung RSAMI). loo Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 9.30pm. £5 (£3). A rare chance to hear Stockhausen's extraordinary and mesmerising work for six vocalists. Based entirely on the notes of the harmonic series. it explores the overtones of the human voice as the lead is passed from one vocalist to another. Trippy. playful and profound all at once.


I Scottish Chamber Orchestra L'sher Hall. l.othian Road. 228 1155. 7.45pm. £6.50-£2l. Brahms' last works Tragic ()i'erture. Double Concerto and .S'vnipliunv no 4 - bring the SC() season to a close. Far from the grumpy reputation of Brahms‘ old age. these final works convey a striking mix of humour and gravitas. They are conducted by Paavo Berglund. who is renowned for his Brahms interpretation. and the Double Concerto features Aritje Weithaas on violin and Jian Wang on cello. Don’t miss Stuart Campbell ((ilasgow L'niversity lecturer) giving the (free) pre- concert talk at 6.45pm.

Glasgow I Midday Concert RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. £5 (£3).

Members of top contemporary music ensemble. London Sinfonietta. are conducted by James (irossmith in Thomas Wilson's ('lianiher .S'vniplronv. with three new coriipositions by RSAMD students competing for the Dinah Wolfe Memorial Award.

I Alcina RSAMD. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.15pm. £10 (£7). Handel's grand opera is a crucible of dramatic fantasy. emotional realism. classical allegory. sublime music and ridiculoUs plot. His vocal writing is so exquisite. so humane. that you barely notice the farcical drama surrounding it. Christian Curnyn. renowned for his work with the Early ()pera Ciroup. conducts at the RSAMD for the first time.

I Trumpets! RSAMI). l()() Reiil'revv Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £8 (£5). l'nmissable collaboration between John Wallace (trumpet). members of top new music ensemble London Sinfonietta. traditional l'zbek group Abbos. and Royal Scottish Academy Brass. under the direction of composer and conducter HK Gruber. The inventive programming includes the world premiere of Scottish wiindcrkind Stuart MacRae's Interact. 17K premiere of Ciruber's own Zeiitluren. and works by Gabrieli. Varese and Birtwistle.

I Opera on a Shoestring Citizens' Theatre. 1 1f) Gorbals Street. 429 0022. 7.30pm. £12 (£l—£6). ()pera on a Shoestring presents the best of four operas and an operetta set in Paris including La Traviata. Manon. Candide. La Bolienie and The Merry ll'ulmiz Prepare for an abundance of fallen women. stirring tunes and wet hankies.


I Dresden: A Concert for Reconciliation, Renewal and Friendship 51 (illC\.(..lll1L'tll'.1l. RU) .il Mile. 225 9442 8pm £5 Schubert concert by Dresden‘s \etiei ('hoi iii aid of the rebuilding of the city 's beautiful Baroque l‘rauerikirche.

Saturday 1 0


I Junior Academy Percussion Extravaganza RSAMD. loo Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 4pm. Free Concert highlighting student talents.

I Junior Academy Chamber Music Concert RSAMI). loo Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 6pm. Free An evening of chamber music.

I Opera on a Shoestring ('iii/t-iis‘ Theatre. I l‘) (iorbals Street. 42‘) 0022 “.30pm. £12 (£1 £6i. See Fri l)


I Dream of Gerontius t'sliei ll.ill. l.othiaii Road. 228 1155. ".30pm.

£10 £22, l'nder the outstanding direction of Martyn Brabbins. the lidinburgh Royal Choral l'iiion and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performs lilgar's Cllllrill masterpiece.

I Calton Consort (‘aiiongate Kirk. 153 ('ariongate. 22‘) 4048. 7.30pm.

£5 £3. Jason ()rriiige conducts the lidinburgh-lmsed vocal consort in a concert of renaissance and baroque music. including Handel‘s I)i'ut [)orninuv. (iabt'icli's Ueuv in nonrinu' llm. Monteverdi's “(with WT and works by Schutl.

I Edinburgh University Chamber Concert Reid Concert Hall. [Edinburgh l'niversity'. Bristo Square. 668 201‘). 7.30pm. Tickets on the door. Nigel ()sborne conducts a [eroriiiarice of Ravel's .lIut/ier (iimye Suite. Mozart‘s Piano Concerto no 2!) in I) minor and works by Aiiothai .\'itobaum. featuring aw ard-winning pianist Verena Summer.


I Scottish Opera Go Round - Eugene Onegin Town Hall. 332 9000. 7.30pm. £8 (£6). Scottish ()pera (io Round presents a brand new production of Tchaikovsky's Iz'ugene ()negin as part of the Shell Tour 2003. It contains some of his most rapturous music.


I A Celebration of Boys’ Voices St Aloysius' Church. 25 Rose Street. (iarnethill. 287 2856. 3.30pm. £8

1 »-£6). Three outstanding choirs of boys‘ voices National Boy's Choir (Scotland): Manchester Boys (‘hoir (lingland); CantemUs Boys Choir (Hungary) together in a joint concert.


I The Carleton Singers l’olwartli Parish Church. Polwarth Terrace. 447 2741. 7.30pm. £8 (£3—£7). Stephen Doughty conducts a programme of Scottish and sacred choral music featuring Alison Beck as soloist and Peter Horsefall as organist.

Tuesday 13


I Masterclass RSAMI). l()() Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 2pm. Free. International accompanist Malcolm Martineau directs this masterclass in piano accompaniment.


I The Edinburgh Quartet (13/5) Reid Concert Hall. Edinburgh L‘niversity'. Bristo Square. 668 201‘). 1.10pm. Free. The Edinburgh Quartet perform lilgar’s String Quartet in If minor. 01783 and Harper's Three I'D/k Sung Arrangements.


llan Volkov conducts . . . iollo.'.iiio the (TIilti‘v? late") a s s (tit. :‘o'ttter‘. You" Chili.) f)" it‘s- 61(121’1")iT’)(Eyvl.’l‘r'luf lit-alt" ()r';;;ir"s;itio". the 131%“ 7 SSH '(ll‘létl'lfiitlli’V'li?€111<l§l".'(?‘ltilT extra ’T()')(i<?". acoaimeo llar‘ ‘. season. Chie‘ "north/tier Volko. pictured). powerful sttif‘ I'l'l.f11)'()(11ill‘ll'1(:()l Shostakovu:h. Bartok and Havel. Glasgow Royal Concert l la/l, Hit; 75 May.

Dream of Gerontius l lgai‘s deeply movrng oratorio. based or) the poem by .John Henry Newman about the soul leaving the body after death, receives deservedly speCial centenary treatment from Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and the combined forces of the BBC SSO. St Mary's Cathedral Choir. Edinburgh Youth Chou. a strong trio of solOists and conductor Martyn Brabbins. Usher l-la/I, Edinburgh, Sat 70 May

James Galway He may have started With a penny whistle. but now even his webSIte is :alled Superflutecom The silver tongued Irishman who gave 120 concerts in his first year as a solo performer. and even has a peachy rose named after him. is both a fantastic flautist and Charming entertainer. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Wed 74 May.

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Wednesday 14


I James Galway Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10.50 £23. Flutiiig favourite. James (ialway. drops in to charm the ears with a mixed repertoire of classical and contemporary pieces and is accompanied by Phillip .‘vloll on piano. I Scottish Flute Trio Sr Mary 's Cathedral. 300 (ireat Western Road. 337 2862. 8pm. £8 (£6). Collaborative music/performance installation. Hater/all ()I'Tinie. bringing together the creative talents of the Scottish Flute Trio. visual artist lilizabeth ()gilvy and Taiko drummer Joji Hirota. This promises to be an exciting and intriguing reflection on the philosophy of water in the imposing space of the cathedral interior.


I Music with a View - ROSL Prizewinners Royal ()ver-Seas League. 100 Princes Street. 225 1501. 6.30pm. £7.50 (£5). Pianist David