■ Lothian Gaelic Choir Tollcross Primary School, Fountainbridge, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £7.50 (£5). Join the accomplished choir to learn new Gaelic songs. No experience necessary. Part of Ceilidh Culture. FREE Jacob’s Pillow and Friends: Open Session Jenny Ha’s, Canongate, 228 1155. 8pm. Jacob’s Pillow hosts the open session of traditional and contemporary songs, tunes and poems. All welcome — bring an instrument or just listen and enjoy. Part of Ceilidh Culture. Dunfermline ■ Newfangled Folk Carnegie Hall, East Port, 01383 602302. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). Youthful, very talented songwriters Kim Edgar, Yvonne Lyon and David Ferrard play guitar, piano, accordion, fiddle, percussion, and sing in three-part harmony. Supported by quality music on the clarsach from Rachel Hair. Tickets 01383 602 302.
Paisley ■ Lau Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, 887 1010. 7.30pm. £10 (£6). Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle), Kris Drever (guitar and vocals) and Martin Green (accordion) draw together traditions from Orkney, the West of Scotland and England, and use them as a take-off point to create original, exciting new music. The band has been awarded the ‘Best Group” title by BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards for three years running!
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Glasgow ■ BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Maestros’ Choice 5 City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10–£23. Internationally renowned for his conducting of Wagner, Donald Runnicles’ interpretation of the overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser will be a wonderful start to this concert, which also features soprano Christine Brewer performing a lush selection of songs by Richard Strauss, and finishes with Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No 7. With pre- and post-concert events tonight.
Edinburgh FREE Live Music Now National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 624 6200. 6–6.30pm. Clarinettist Fraser Langton and pianist Juliette Philogene perform a varied programme of ballet music by Shostakovich and works by Debussy, Finzi and Gershwin. Dundee ■ Schubert Ensemble Dundee Congregational Church, Constitution Road, 01382 434940. 7.30pm. £12 (£6). One of the world’s leading exponents of British chamber music, the Schubert Ensemble performs a contemporary work by Anthony Powers and piano quartets from D’Indy and Schumann.
Friday 19 Glasgow ■ String Department Prize Winners RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 1pm. £9 (£6). A concert featuring winners of two of the RSAMD’s prestigious prizes for strings. ■ Children’s Classic Concerts: Shake, Rattle & Roll! Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road,
Easterhouse, 276 9696. 1.30pm. £3.50 (£2). Owen and Olly are back with more musical mayhem. Ages 4–14. ■ Tosca’s Kiss (Il Bacio di Tosca) RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 6.30pm. £12 (£8). Screening of a film by Daniel Schmid to raise funds for Music in Hospitals. ■ Glasgow Wind Band: Music of the Spheres RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.30pm. £8 (£4.50). Scotland’s foremost community band treats us to works in a mixture of styles conducted by Kevin Price. ✽✽ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £11–£24. The SCO and conductor Okko Kamu are joined by celebrated Scottish pianist Steven Osborne for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B flat, K595, his final piano concerto and the last work he performed as a solo pianist. Also on the bill are Haydn’s Symphony No 92 and Prokofiev’s neoclassical Symphony No 1 (‘Classical’). Osborne Plays Mozart City
Edinburgh FREE Hebrides Ensemble Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 1.10pm. The celebrated ensemble performs works by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen as part of its membership of Re: New, a European network of contemporary ensembles dedicated to the exchange of new music. ■ Edinburgh University Music Society Symphony Orchestra Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 225 1900. 7.30pm. £8 (£5). Saxophonists Rob Buckland and Andy Scott join conductor Russell Cowieson and the orchestra for the world premiere of Scott’s Dark Rain, a concerto for two saxophones. Also on the programme are Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Dvorák’s famous Symphony No 9. ■ Edinburgh University Wind Band Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Morven Bell conducts the band’s spring concert. Tickets available on door.
Glasgow ■ Children’s Classic Concerts: Crash, Bang, Wallop 2 Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 3pm. £10 (children £6; family ticket £29). Join Owen, Olly and guests for an energetic percussion spectacular. FREE ‘GLEAM’: Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 6pm. GLEAM presents a live, interactive concert of electroacoustic music and sonic art. ✽✽ Kaspar Hauser: Child of Europe RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 7.15pm. £18 (£14). New opera about the mysterious 19th century German foundling by Rory Boyle. ■ Glasgow Chamber Choir: British Classics St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road, 337 2862. 7.30pm. £10 (£6). Celebrating the best of British music – or a small selection of it, encompassing the Renaissance and the present day – with a concert including William Walton’s Coronation Te Deum, Jonathan Harvey’s Come, Holy Ghost and Orlando Gibbons’ O clap your hands. ■ Milngavie Choir Milngavie Town Hall, Station Road, Milngavie, 7.30pm. £tbc. Spring concert with a programme of choral pieces, part songs, operetta and popular songs from Europe and America. Edinburgh ■ Calton Consort: tristis est anima mea Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate, 7.30pm. £8 (£6). Jason Orringe conducts the vocal ensemble in a concert of sacred works: Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor, Poulenc’s Quatre motets pour un temps de
pénitence, Pärt’s lovely Magnificat Antiphons and music by Schütz and Thomas Tallis. Tickets available on door. ■ Edinburgh University Brass Band Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 07792 278906. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Angus Tully directs. ■ The Garleton Singers Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 2251900. 7.30pm. £10 (£3). The East Lothian choir performs two masses in this evening concert at Greyfriars: Liszt’s Missa Choralis and Kodály’s Missa Brevis. ■ New Edinburgh Orchestra Nicolson Square Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £8 (£1–£5). Ian Watt is soloist in John McLeod’s Guitar Concerto, a joint commission with the Aberdeen Sinfonietta and Glasgow Chamber Choir. Also on the bill are Charles O’Brien’s Overture Ellangowan and Nielsen’s Symphony No 3 (‘Sinfonia Espansiva’). ✽✽ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £8.50–£26. See Fri 19. ■ Scottish Chamber Choir: Renaissance Splendour St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 226 0673. 8pm. £10 (under 18s free). Michael Harris conducts a concert of Renaissance works by Byrd, Gibbons, Peerson, Sheppard and Tallis. Osborne Plays Mozart The
Peebles ■ Schubert Ensemble Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. 7.30pm. £10 (under 16s free). See Thu 18. St Andrews ■ St Andrews University String Orchestra Younger Hall, North Street, 01334 462226. 4pm. £5 (£3–£4). William Baxter conducts works by Corelli, Mozart, Warlock and Gade. ■ University String Orchestra Concert Younger Hall, North Street, 01334 462226. 4pm. £5 (£3–£4). Festive concert from St Andrews University string orchestra.
Stirling ■ Tea and Cake Recital with Duo Ecosse Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01786 274000. 2.30pm. £8. Duo Ecosse are local pair Katrina Bateman and Carolyn Spacey, who will be playing a programme of pieces by Bach, Mozart and more.
Glasgow ■ Jacques Loussier Trio City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 3pm. £12. Award-winning French pianist and composer Jacques Loussier has made a name for himself giving classical music the jazz treatment, creating brilliant amalgams and improvisations on the works of classical composers. Here he performs his unique take on music by Bach, Vivaldi and Chopin. See preview, page 81. FREE Organ Recital Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 3pm. With music from Calum Robertson.
✽✽ Kaspar Hauser: Child of Europe RSAMD, 100 Renfrew
Street, 332 5057. 7.15pm. £18 (£14). See Sat 20. Edinburgh ■ Children’s Classic Concerts: Crash, Bang, Wallop 2 The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 3pm. £10 (children £6; family ticket 29). See Sat 20. ■ Glasgow Chamber Choir: British Classics St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 226 0673. 6pm. Retiring collection. See Sat 20. ■ BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Maestros’ Choice 5 Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £10–£26. See Thu 18. ■ Dunedin Consort: St Matthew
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✽✽ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Osborne Plays Mozart What a combination – Finnish conductor Okku Kamu and Scottish pianist Steven Osborne with the SCO in Mozart’s last piano concerto. A bit like a book group, there’s the SCO’s first open discussion session before the Edinburgh concert to chat about the evening’s music. City Halls, Glasgow, Fri 19 Mar; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 20 Mar. ✽✽ Kaspar Hauser: Child of Europe (see above) World premiere of new opera by composer Rory Boyle and librettist Dilys Rose about the abandoned German boy who claimed to have been locked in a dungeon and fed on only bread and water. He was stabbed to death at age 21, but who was he and where did he come from? The opera tells it from his point of view. RSAMD, Glasgow, Sat 20 Mar, Mon 22 Mar, Wed 24 Mar & Thu 25 Mar. ✽✽ James Ehnes With Andrew Armstrong Absolutely stunning Canadian violinist James Ehnes in recital with pianist partner Andrew Armstrong. A prolific recording artist, there is nothing like hearing him live, especially in a programme as virtuosic as the one he brings to Scotland. City Halls, Glasgow, Sun 28 Mar.
Passion The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £10–£22 (£5–£18). On the anniversary of Bach’s birthday, the consort performs its highly acclaimed take on Bach’s magnificent sacred drama under the direction of John Butt. Cardiff Singer of the World Recital Prizewinner, Andrew Kennedy, sings the Evangelist and Peter Kooij is Christus. ■ Edinburgh University Female Voice Choir Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 7.30pm. £5 (£3). Vaughan Fleishfresser conducts. 18 Mar–1 Apr 2010 THE LIST 79