In true Scots style of warm friendship and welcoming hospitality, Our Europe is a special gala concert to celebrate the expansion of the European Union and to mark the accession of the ten new member nations. Music, poetry, song and film from Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia will be featured. ‘lt’ll be a high speed cultural nip round these countries,’ says administrator Laura Mackenzie Stuart. ‘And the whole idea is for it to be an enjoyable way of Scotland - which has a long history of social, economic and cultural links with many of these countries - giving them a

formal welcome.’ (Carol Main) I Kings Theatre, Edinburgh Sun 2 May.


I Andrew Johnston Reid (‘oncert Hall. Edinburgh University. Bristo Square. 668 201‘). l.l()pm. Free. Piano recital including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an I:'.t'ltihition. a far cry frorn the full orchestra version. but just as exciting in its own way.

I Scottish Chamber Orchestra Usher Hall. Lothian Road. 228 l 155. 7.45pm. £7 £22. (‘hristian Zacharias. Edinburgh Festival favourite and one of the greatest living pianists. cortducts a performance of Mozart‘s hardy perennial Iiine kleine Naelttmasik. Also the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto in Iiflat. he ends with Beethoven's Symphony no 5. Though you‘ve heard it around a million times before. it‘s well worth experiencing this great symphony in the concert hall. especially under Zacharias‘ expert direction.

Glasgow 0 Academy Now! RSAMI). l()() Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. Free.

Winner plus two runners up of the [)inah Wolfe competition plus the IVES Piano Trio and Hebrides Ensemble.

I Acis and Galatea and Dido and Aeneas RSAMI). l()() Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.15pm. £12 (£9). See Mon 3.

I Academy Now! RSAMI). l()() Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. Free. The ()rchestra of Academy Now! perform lves' Songs. Birtwistle's Ensemble Pieces and Brant’s It'e Field

for I urge ()rt‘ltes'tra.

PrimaDiva Pollok House. Pollok (‘ountry Park. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 616 6410. 7.30pm. £10. Vocal harmony from Yvonne Barclay. (iina llanley and Debra Stuart. performing a programme of arias and ensembles from ( ‘armen. 'Iost'a. West Side Story and Porgy and Bess.

O Life’s Hard Tramway. 25 Albert 1)rive.0845 330 3501. 8pm. £9 (£5). A collaboration of 13 international musicians and Russian dartce artists. [)0- Theatre presents a cabaret that whirls through underworld. real and imagined. l)()'s members are among sortie of the most scintillating physical performers in the world. and their work is always a delight to behold. Not to be missed.


I Clara Cernat and Thierry Huillet Stockbridge Parish Church.

Saxe ('oburg Street. 225 5366. 7.30pm. the. A contrasting programme of works performed by violinist ('lara ('ernat and pianist Thierry lluillet.

I The Glorious Company: Spring Serenade Concert (‘hrist (‘hurclL Morningside Road. 667 3633. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). The (iloriotls ('oneet‘t present World Premieres of three new works by Edinburgh composer. James Douglas. entitled The ('itv Never Sleeps. Like an Ava/ane/te and Kil/n'annan. pltls music by Jeremiah ('larke and Alessandro (iabaldoni.

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I Percussion Extravaganza with Junior Academy RSAMI). 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 3.3.0pm. Free. Entertaining family concert demonstrating the talents of the Junior Academy percussion department.

I Chamber Music Concert with Junior Academy RSAMI). l()() Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 6pm. Free. Evening of chamber rnusic featuring a variety of ensembles in the Junior Academy.

I Acis and Galatea and Dido and Aeneas RSAMI). l()() chfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.15pm. £12 (£9). See Mon 3.

0 PrimaDiva Kilmardinny llouse. Kilmardinny (’rescent. Bearsden. ‘)31 5083. 7.45pm. £10 (£4). See Fri 7.

I Showcase Concert Royal (‘oncert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 8pm. £tbc. Best performers from the competions organised by the a capella singing organisation Sweet Adelines in their annual convention. performing together with guests. the (ilasgow lslay (iaelic (‘hoiiz


I Edinburgh Royal Choral Union Concert l’sher llall. l.othian Road. 228 ll55. 7.30 ‘).3()pm. £ll). (iarry Walker conducts the ER(‘l' performing Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony vvillt the BB(‘ Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Elgar‘s sortg cycle Sea I’lt'llll't‘fi featuring mer/o Jane Irwin.

I Edinburgh Grand Opera: La Clemenza Di Tito Queen‘s llall. (‘lerk Street. 668 20l‘). 7.30pm.

£7 £16. Richard Lewis conducts a performance of Mozart’s late masterpiece. rather unjustly neglected in the repertoire.

I Edinburgh University Chamber Choir Reid (‘oncert llall. Edinburgh l'niversity. Bristo Square. 668 201‘). 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Eric von Ibler conducts the choir in a performance of music by Tavener and the world premiere of l)o\vdell's xl Birthday ()de.

Stirling 0 Life’s Hard .‘vlacRobert. l'niversity of Stirling. ()l 786 466666. 8pm. £8 (£4). See Fri 7.


I Csards St .\'inian's School. Eastwood Park. Rouken (ilen Road. (iiffnock. 63‘) 3176. 7.30pm. £10. ('sts and Scotland’s ‘undiscovered tenor‘ Luigi ('orvi perform popular songs. arias and instrumental pieces from around the world.

I The Glasgow Lyric Choir RSAMI). 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £8. Steve Birch conducts the choir now in its 54th season performing rnusic by Pcrgolesi. Mozart and Haydn.


I Scottsh Chamber Orchestra Queen‘s llall. ('Ierk Street. 668 201‘). 2.30pm. £7 £13. The great pianist ('hristian Zacharias joins the S(‘() Wind

. Quartet for a concert of music by Ravel.

l-iancaix and Poulenc.

G PrimaDiva St (ieorge's West (lunch. 58 Shandwick Place. 7.30pm. £8 (£6). See Fri 7.

I Scottish Sinfonia (ireyfriars Kirk. (ireyfriars Place. 668 201‘). 7.30pm. £‘) (£7). Mantle and the I00-strong Sinfonia orchestra perform music by Rossini. 1)elius. .\1o/art and Dvorak.


I Stirling Orchestra (‘ltureh ()l‘ The Holy Rude. St John Street. 01786 475275. 7.30pm. £8 (£2 £6). Stirling ()rchestra perform art all-Beethoven programme including the (‘orio/an ()vertare. Svmpltonv .\'o 5 and the l'iolin ('ont'erto.


I Edinburgh Quartet Reitl ('oncert Hall. Edinburgh l'niversity. Bristo Square. 668 201‘). l.l()pm. Free. The highly acclaimed Edinburgh Quartet performs Mo/art's Quartet in I) K400 and (ial’s Improvisation. variations and

finale on a theme by .llorarr ()p 60]). a

neat artd adventurous programme.

Wednesday 1 2


I Celebrity Recital RSAMI). l()() Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Sixtieth Birthday ('oncert by pianist John |.ill performing llaydn's Sonata .\'o 52 in Iz'flat. Schumann's llmnoreske ()pZU. Beethoven‘s Sonata in 1" and l.ls/t’s Sonata in 1) minor.


I Edinburgh University Singers McEwan llall. Brislo Square. 650 4381. 7.30pm. £6 (£3). John Kitchen conducts the ensemble performing music by \"ierne artd l)urulle.


I Gumho Shin and Dagmar Duzdova Merchants House. 7 West (ieorge Street. 334 ‘)757. 12.45pm. £5 (£2 £4.50). Baritone and piano duo two prize-w inning graduates from RSAMI) with tnusic by Schubert. Dvorak. .\lo/art attd Wagner.


I Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers (’anongale Kirk. 153 (‘anongate. 667 7776. 7.45pm.

classical & opera listings Music

Academy Now! The music of Harrison Birtwistle and Henry Brant is explored in innovative style as RSAMD students sit side—by-side with the top professional players of Hebrides Ensemble for performances of Secret Theatre and Ice Field. The three day mini-fest also features the first performance of the winning piece in this year’s Dinah Wolfe Memorial competition. as well as music by Charles Ives. RSAMD, Glasgow, Wed 5—Fri 7 May.

PrimaDiva Coinciding with the launch of their first album with the RSNO, these three classically trained singers perform some of the juiciest bits of opera, accompanied on the piano by music director David Munro. All three voices Debra Stuart, Gina Hanley and Yvonne Barclay have been heard in opera houses the world over, with Scottish Opera Go Round and Perth Opera being those closest to home. Pol/0k House, Glasgow, Fri 7 May; Ki/mardinny House, Glasgow, Sat 8 May; St George ’8 West Church, Edinburgh, Sun 9 May.

Life’s Hard A new piece of music/dance and a new band to perform it. Music at the Brewhouse is the name of the group of amplified musicians who dare to flout conventional categorisation. For their launch. they team up with Russian dance theatre company DOTheatre for this tale of the criminal underworld and why we want to read all about it. Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 7 May; Macrobert, Stirling, Sat 8 May

£6 (£2 £3). Noel ()‘Regan conducts a concert of music by Tudor and Jacobean English composers. Last chance to hear EI‘RS this season.

I Hebrides Ensemble St Mark‘s (‘hurch. (‘astle 'l'errace. 668 201‘). 6pm. £5 (£3). First in a new series of rush hour concerts including Judith Weir‘s Distance and Enchantment and Brahms' I’iano Quarter no I.

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