Classical &opera

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I Competition RSAMI). I()() Renl‘re“ Street. 332 5057. 2pm. l-‘ree. The (i()\ et'ltttl's~ Recital Pri/e ('ompetition l'or brass.

I Traditional Music Concert RS.»\.\ll). I00 Renl‘reu Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. l‘ree btit ticketed. Programtne of tunes and songs perl‘ormed b} students in Year ll ()l' the l3:\lScollislt \ltlsic‘) course.


I Edinburgh University Chamber Choir St (iiles' ('athedral. Ro}a| Mile. 225 0442. b.30pm. £tbc. The l'ni\ersit) 's outstanding chamber choir. conducted b) liric \'on lbler performs a Royll Nor“ egian :\tl\ettl ('oncert.

I Childline Christmas Concert l'sher Hall. l.othian Road. 228 l I55. 7.30pm. £7 (£5). 'l'alented _\ottng musicians and singers from across lidinburgh come together for this joyous exening ol' ('hristmas carols in aid ol ('hildline Scotland.

Friday 28


I Midday Concert RSAMI). l()() Renl're“ Street. 332 5057. lpm. £() (£4). The Palladian linsemble. renowned baroque ensemble nurturing recorders.

violin. bass \‘iol. lute and guitar. perl’orm mttsic b} (‘orelli. l-‘orquera_\'. Tartini and Marin Marais. exploring the forces ol’ light and darkness. Some ol~ the most eminent players in their lield. the group are rarel) seen here in Scotland - a chance not to be missed.

I Masterclass RS.-\.\tl). t()() Renl‘rets'

Street. 332 5057. 2pm. liree. .\ltisical diva. Rosemary Ashe. leads this masterclass to celebrate the start ol RS:\.\ll)'s nets Master of Performance in Mtisical Theatre.

I Masterclass RSAMI). l()() Renl'rew

Street. 332 5057. 2.30pm. l‘ree. The Palladian linsemble direct a masterclass in earl} music.

I The Three Caledonian Tenors

.\lugdock ('ountr} Park. ('raigallian Road.

Milngavie, 950 (i100. 7.30pm. £12.50. lix‘ening celebrating Scottish classics.

I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Baron) Hall. ('astle Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £6.50 £l‘). The S('() perl'orin Handel's oratorio Israel in [fer/II. his

\ i\'i(l depiction of Moses leading the Israelites‘ flight from slaxer) in ligypt. Sotne ()l. llandel's most l'orcel'ul and descriptit e music unfolds the stor) ol the ten plagues - lt'ogs. flies. locusts and hailstorms - and culminates in the joyous Song o/‘JIows. Nicholas .\lc(}egan conducts a superb line-up of soloists. inclttding the great countertenor Michael (‘hance. tenor James (iilchrist and soprano l.orna .-\nderson.


I Mark Hindley Reid (‘oncert llall. lidinburgh l'ni\ersit}. Bristo Sqttare. (iotS’ 20l‘). l.l0pm. liree. ()rgan recital ol music by Bach. Sueelinck and Bruhns. I Edinburgh University Music Society Symphony Orchestra

Reid ('oncert llall. lidinburgh l'nixersit).

Bristo Square. (308 20l‘). 7.30pm. £7 (£4).

James l.t)\\ e conducts. Programme tbc.


Featuring the film of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman


Join the RSNO this Christmas for a magical concert of classics, carols and yuletide treats.

Conductor Christopher Bell Narrator David Rintoul

_ .r The RSNO Chorus/*Junior Chorus RSNO Christmas Concerts

Caird Hall, Dundee* Wednesday l7th December Box Office: 0|382 434940/l

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Thursday I8 December Box Office: 0|4| 353 8000

Usher Hall, Edinburgh Friday l9 December Box Office20l3l 228 IISS

Music Hal|,Abderdeen Sunday 2| December Box Office: 0|224 64l |22

RSNO Family Christmas Concert

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall*

Saturday 20 December

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I RSNO Pops and Evening with Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain l'sher llall. l.othian Road. 228 l I55. 7.30pm. £10.75 £25.50. (iarr) Walker conducts the RS.\'() in an ex ening ol' l‘ollt- inspired \ariet). with liddler .-\l}' Bain. accordionist Phil ('unningham and star vocalist litltll Reader.

Saturday 29


I RSNO Pops and Evening with Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain Royal (‘oncert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £l2.50 £20. See l’t'i 2S.


I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Queen's llall. ('Ierk Street. 008 201‘). 7.45pm. £7 £22. See Hi 28.

I Edinburgh University Chamber Choir St (‘uthbert's ('hurch. 5 l.othian Road. 22‘) l |42. 8pm. £(i (£4). liric \on lbler conducts the l'nixersit} 's outstanding chamber choir and talented classical guitarist. Robert l-‘reed. in a programme of \sorks from the Italian. French and (ierman Baroque. b} (iabrieli. Schulz. Bustehude and ('harpentier.


I Scottish Brass Band Championships Royal (‘oncert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 9.30am. £l0. Sixteen top brass bands compete l'or the title of Scottish ()pen Champion.

I Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships RSAMI). l()() Renl‘rexs Street. 332 5057. l lam. £3. llear some of Scotland's linest _\oung brass musicians.

I Banquet of Musick: Misericordia St .'\lltll'e\\ \ in the Sqltare. ol’l’ Saltmarket. St Andre“ ’s Street. 548 6020. 3pm. £5 (£l £4). listensh e programme ol~ mediexal music. I Scottish Open Championships - Brass Bands Gala Concert Ro_\a| (’oncert Hall. 2 Satichiehall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £8 £l2. l’rank Realm) of BB(' Radio 2's Listen to the Band pt‘esettts Scotland's lk‘sl brass bands and stiltilsls.


I Mahler Symphony No. 8 - Symphony of a Thousand t'sher llall. l.othian Road. 228 l I55. 7.30pm. £l0 £24. Mahler's gigantic Symphony of (I 'I‘liomam/ lil'tllgs together the massed l'orces ol‘ the lidinburgh Bach ('hoir. lidinburgh Ro}al (‘horal l'nion. lidinburgh Youth ('hoir. Jttbilo and Scottish Sinl‘onia. 7 soloists and the recentl} rel'urbished l'sher llall organ. .-\ rare chance to hear this over“ helmingl} pt)“ et‘l‘ul work.

I Edinburgh University Music Society Sintonia and Chorus Reid (‘oncert llall. lidinburgh l'nixersit). Bristo Square. ()()8 20l‘). 7.30pm. £5 (£3). James l.t)\\ e conducts. Programme the.

I St Giles’ at Six St (tiles‘ ('athedral. High Street. ()pm. Free. Songs by Purcell. Britten. l’aure. Strauss and Schumann perl'ormed b} soprano limma Lewis and pianist Robin Versteeg.


I Bryn Tertel l'sher llall. l.othian Road. 228 l I55. 7.30pm. £15 £4l.50. ()peratic hot propcrt} and Welsh darling. Bass-baritone Bryn 'lerlel. graces lidinbttrgh \s ith his presence and that ol' the Sinl‘onia ('_\ inru.


I N.Y.C.O.S Stirling Children’s Choir Albert Halls. Dumbarton Road. (“780 473544. 7pm. £4 (£2). .-\ ('hristmas selection ol' music perl‘orined b} the NY(’()S Stirling ('hildren's ('hoir.


I The Nursery Ramshorn Theatre. 98 Ingram Street. 552 348‘). l.l5 2pm. £2.50. Soprano Sandra l.issenden and pianist Katharine l)urran perl'orm lo poetr} b} AA .\lilne. Kipling and others. I Masterclass RSAMI). l()() Renlrets Street. .332 .5057. 2pm. l’ree. Roger liobo directs a ltllta masterclass.


I Irene Drummond and Colin Kingsley Reid ('oncert llall. lidinburgh l'ni\ersit_\. Bristo Square. ()(ih’ 20l‘). l.l()pm. l‘rce. Soprano and piano duo perform a \aried programme (it music h} lla}dn. Schubert. .~\rgento. Vaughan Williams. Bingham and ()bradors.

Wednesday 3


I Scottish Opera - Aida 'l‘lteatre Ro_\al. 2S2 llope Street. 332 0000. 7.l5pm. £l‘).50 £30.50. Scottish ()pera‘s acclaimed production ol' Verdi's majestic masterpiece returns lor the lirst time since I‘J‘J‘). Directed and designed b} Anton} .\lcl)onald. \\ ho l'orsakes his tuppernare this time round. the performance features [an ian soprano Inessa (ialante in her l‘K opera debut and Matthets Best. the “onderl‘ul \Votan in the Ring. no“ a commanding King ol lig}pt. .r\nne-.\larie ()xsens is another \\elcomc return \ isitor. I Angelika Kirschlager, Yuri Bashmet and Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Recital R()_\al (’oncert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 S000. 7.30pm. £l0 £l5. :\n unusual and formidable combination ol 3 ol' the \sorld‘s most compelling perl‘ormers - the )ttllllg me//o-soprano Angelika Kirschlager set to “on (merit (iarden as ()ctmian in lin'thcoming Rosenkauilier:

\ iola \ irtuoso Yuri Bashmet; and the technicall) and tiittsic‘;i|l_\ danling pianist Jean-Yt es Thibaudet - perl'orm a \aried programme ol' music b_\ Hart/ell. l.oel‘l‘ler. Korngold. Schubert and Brahms.


I Childline Christmas Concert Albert llalls. Dumbarton Road. 01786

473544. 7.30pm. £(l (£4). See Thu 27.

Thursday 4


I Masterclass RS‘AMI). l()() Renli'e“ Street. 332 5057. 2pm. l‘ree. Philippa l)a\ ies directs a flute masterclass.


I Scottish Chamber Orchestra l'sher llall. l.othian Road. 22S l I55. 7.45pm. £7 £22. The S('()\ Beethoxen series. during \\ hich the great. renoxtned pianist Ste\ en Koxacex ich has perl'ormed all 5 ol' his piano concertos. comes to an end \\ ith this all—Beethm en programme. conducted b_\ Joseph Sxxcnsen: the gorgeous li'o/in Romances no / am/ 2; Leonora ()t‘t'I‘Iurt' no 3’; the ()xertttt'e from his onl) opera [Ville/1o; and perhaps the lltosl celebrated of his l’ialto

('oncertos. no .5 - lam/taro):


I Midday Concert RS‘AMI). l()() Renlre“ Street. 332 5057. lpnt. £0 (£4). Pianist. Malcolm Bilson. perl'orms lla}dn's Sonata in .l Hal major. .\lo/art's I‘illlltlH' in (‘ minor and [zinc A/t'inc (Hg/(c and Beethm en's Sorta/a m I'. [la] major.

I Masterclass RS..\.\ll). t()() Renli‘e“ Street. 332 5057. 2.30pm. l’ree. Malcolm Bilson directs a l'ortepiano masterclass.

I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Ro)al ('oncert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 S000. 7.30pm. £0.50 £l‘). See Thu 4.