Classical Music


I Stringtest Lunchtime Recital RSAMI). 100 Renlrew Street. 332 5057. lprn. £5. 1)unean McTier. a world-class orchestral and chamber bassist. is routed by pianist Katherine Sturrock.

I Scottish Opera: St Andrews in the Square Concert St Andrew 's iii the Square. St Andrew 's Square. 55‘) 5902. 3pm. £3.50 1 1.50. The popular Sunday afternoon concerts resume with likhart \Vy cik conducting Schubert‘s Suit/thinly No 5. Holst's SI l’aul'y Suite arid llaydn's Symphony No (It).

I North Ayrshire Schools Concert Royal (‘oncert Hall. 2 Stitlcltieltull Street. 353 3000. 4pm. £8. Annual showcase by oy er 500 primary and secondary pupils. featuring a tribute to The Beatles and a specially commissioned work by Scottish composer liddie .\1c(ittit'e.

I Stringfest Gala Closing Concert RSAMI). 100 Renlrew Street. 332 .5057. 6pm. £5. International guest artists and jurors feature in Stringfest 2000‘s closing concert. which also sees the announcement of the winner of the International Double Bass (‘onipetition

Edinburgh FREE Early Music Forum of Scotland National Mtiseum of Scotland: Haw'thornden ('ourt. 2 ('hanibers Street. 247 4422. 12.45 3.45pm. Drop in and enjoy an afternoon performance on period instruments. I Spring Sonata Charity Concert (‘anongate Kirk. 153 ('anongate. 4pm. Donations at the door. Peter Fisher and Peter Hewitt perform Vltlllll and piano works performed in aid of the Houses for Heroes Appeal. FREE Sunday Music St Mary's Cathedral. Palmerston Place. 225 6293. 4.30pm. Simon Nieminski giyes an organ recital for the last in the current series of concerts on Sunday afternoons. I Royal Scottish National Orchestra: Springtime in Paris l-‘estiy'al 'l‘lteait'c. 13/2‘) Nicolstm Street. 52‘) (i000. (ipttt. £10 £28 (concessions ay'ailable). See Thti 1‘). I St Giles’ at Six St (iiles' ('athedral. Royal Mile. 226 0673. 6pm. Retiring collection. Napier (‘haniber (‘hoir and Orchestra perform rnotets by Purcell and Mendelssohn. Mo/art's sunny. youthful Symphony No 2/ and the ‘(‘ltora| Dances' from Britten's (i/uriana. I Cathures Chamber Choir St Patrick's ('hurch. 5 South (irays (‘lose. 40 High Street. 556 1973. 7.30pm. £5. Rellectiy'e music for 1.ent. including Pierre de la Rue's lwnentalrunxfor Maumly Thursday and works by Byrd. Perrabosco and Wilby'e. I Edinburgh University Music Society (ireyfriars Kirk. (ireyfriat‘s Place. 2251000. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). lain McLarty conducts Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and 'IE' Deum alongside works by Britten and Saint-Sachs. With violinist Aaron McGregor.

Gala Opera Night Queen‘s Hall.

87A“) (‘lerk Street. 668 201‘). 7.30pm. £10 £18. lidinburgh (irand ()pera presents highlights from favourite operas including Carmen. The Marriage of Figaro. Lucia di Imnmermoar and Prinee Igor.

Glasgow I Music on Mondays RSAMI). 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. 1pm. £5.

Linking to the postgraduate performances of Strauss‘ Ariadne auf MLI’US. the RSAMD Song Studio gives a performance focusing on the plight of women wronged by men.

I Phaedra and Ariadne auf Naxos RSAMD (New Athenaeum Theatre). 100 Renfrew' Street. 332 5057. 7.15pm. £18 (£14). See Sat 21.

I Lanarkshire Orchestral Society’s 50th Anniversary



Royal Concert Hall. Glasgow. Sat 21 and Sat 28 Mar: Festival Theatre.

Edinburgh, Sun 22 and Sun 29 Mar

OK, there‘s no way that Glasgow and Edinburgh can compete on the romance front, but bringing as much of Paris in the Springtime that is possible to Scotland, the RSNO present a mini-festival of music and events inspired by the French capital. Although the core of the festival will be two concert programmes to be heard in each of the two Scottish cities over two consecutive weekends, Springtime in Paris is a multi-Iayered festival, with newly commissioned video projections, extra informal cabaret-type events and, inevitably, plenty opportunity to taste French food and wine. The concert programmes themselves take an innovatory format as each one is in three parts, with two intervals in place of the conventional one.

The driving force behind Springtime in Paris is the RSNO's Music Director Stéphane Deneve. Study at the Paris Conservatoire fostered his love of the city, its music and musicians. ‘I discovered so many artists and went to so many concerts and opera performances,‘ he says, ‘that now | live in Scotland, I am slightly nostalgic. i thought it would be interesting to go on a musical journey to see why Paris was at some point the centre of the world for music and to discover if it still is.‘

As part of the journey of discovery, 17 pieces of music by French composers or composers inspired by Paris will be included in the concerts. Six will be by living composers. ‘A lot of great new music is being composed in Paris right now.’ says Deneve. ‘These young composers are all under the age of 40. They show the big variety and range of contemporary music in the city.’ Among them is the first piano concerto by Guillaume Connesson which receives its world premiere with its dedicatee, the great French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, as soloist. (Carol Main)


Concert Royal ('oneet‘t Hall. 2 Sauehiehall Street. 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10. The six musical groups that make tip the society ~ orchestras and w ind bands perform together in celebration.


I Garth Knox Queen's Hall. 87 S“) (‘lerk Street. 668 201‘). 7.45pm. £10. .-\ line interpreter of modern music for the viola. Kno\ presents a programme of solo works including Kurtag. Dillon. Sciarrino. 1.igeti. Moser. Knox and Berio. Presented by ecat.

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I Violin Sonatas Rantshorn Theatre. 98 Ingram Street. 548 3444. 1.15pm. £4. Violinist Peter Fisher and pianist Peter Hewitt perform Violin sonatas by Mount and Brahms.

I Alba Quartet Pollok House. Pollok Country Park. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 616 6410. 7.30pm. £16 t£5~£10r The



\ ibrant ensemble performs quartets by llaydtt. Sltostakoy tell and Rayel. together with Britteti's eolotirlul three I)Il¢‘l‘lllm‘llll. which the composer considered but lortunately decided against throwing on the tire alter an unsuccessful premiere.


FREE The Edinburgh Quartet Reid ('oncert Hall. ladinburgh l'niyersity. Bristo Square. 650 2427'. 1.10pm. Slietky .\ Quartet III (i Manor is follow ed by Sltostakoy ieh's Piano Quintet. 111

w ltich the ensemble is joined by pianist l’ciet' li\atts.

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I Phaedra and Ariadne auf Naxos RS.~\.\11) «New .-\thenaeurn Tllc‘tttfc‘l. 100 Renfrew Street. 332 5057. ".15pni. £|H i£14l. See Sat 21.

I Electroacoustic Event: Transformations Ill RS.\.\ll). lllli

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* Scottish Ensemble: Luminous Celebrating the Mendelssohn 200th anniversary year. the Scottish Ensemble. wrth their director/solorst Jonathan Morton. play his rarely performed D minor Violin Concerto. which was discovered and premiered at New York's Carnegie Hall by Yehudi Menuhin in 1952. It was originally written for a friend of the composer and intended for performance in the Mendelssohn family home. Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. Thu 26 Mar: 81 Andrew '3 in the Square. Glasgow. Fri 27 Mar.

* Gala Opera Night Some of Scotland's favourite opera singers appear in a special gala performance presented by Edinburgh Grand Opera. Frances McCaiferty. Donald Maxwell and Christina Dinwoodie are all guests of the company as it raises funds forgetting back to full scale staged productions in the future. Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Sun 22 Mar.

=1t Dunedin Consort: St Matthew Passion As Easter approaches. the Dunedin Consort once again present their unmissable interpretation of Bach's masterpiece. This year‘s performance is dedicated to the memory of Dr Dennis Townhill. Organist and Master of Music at St Mary's for over 30 years, and an inspiration to all who knew him. St Mary '3 Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, Wed 1 Apr.

Renlrew Street. 332 5057. 30pm. £5 l'pto-tlie minute illllslt for atiiplilied instruments. computers and rnulti~ channel sound

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I Westbourne Music Merchant‘s Hall. 7 West (ieorge Street. 07711 559652. 12.45pm. £7 i£3 £61 Hrahins‘ turbulent and passionate .Sunaru in I) HllllIII'. performed by pianist Peter Hewitt and yiolinist Peter l-isher.

I Phaedra and Ariadne auf Naxos RS:\.\11) (New Athenaeum 'l'heatrei. 100 Renlrew Street. 332 5057. 7.15pm. £13 t£l4i. SeeSai 21

I Electroacoustic Event: Transformations Ill RSAMD. 100 Renlrew Street. 332 5057'. 7. 30pm. £5. See Wed 25

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