CLASSICAL Events are listed by date, then city. Submit listings at least 14 days before publication to firstname.lastname@example.org. Listings are compiled by Carol Main & Sian Hickson. ✽✽ Indicates Hitlist entry
Glasgow FREE Kelvingrove Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 1pm. Free lunchtime organ recitals every day by different organists. FREE Lunchtime Concert: Concerto Caledonia Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 1.10pm. Singer Olivia Chaney and recorder player Pamela Thorby join the acclaimed early music group for a concert of 17th century style entertainment, ranging from Purcell songs to traditional ballads. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: This Sceptered Isle City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7pm. £10–£23 (£8–£21; students £3 with Fonic card). The first of the BBC SSO’s celebrations of the best of British. Walton’s Symphony No 2 rubs shoulders with Elgar’s In the South (Alassio) and Britten’s Les Illuminations, sung by soprano Susan Gritton. As well as the published score, she sings the first concert performance of Colin Matthews’ orchestration of three songs Britten left out of the final version of Les Illuminations. Edinburgh FREE Scottish Opera: The Marriage of Figaro Unwrapped Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. 6pm. If the thought of sitting through a full-length opera fills you with trepidation, or if you’re a seasoned opera-goer with an interest in what happens backstage, this hour-long taster prior to tomorrow’s opening of the full-length work is a perfect introduction to the workings behind the scenes and an introduction to the principal characters and plot. Noisy Words Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. 7.15pm. £14 (£6–£10). Two of the Trav’s popular experimental arts nights come together to see what they can produce: the composers from Noisy Nights and writers from Words, Words, Words are collaborating on a performance event as part of the Autumn Festival. Part of the Traverse Autumn Festival.
Friday 19 Glasgow Friday Lunchtime Concert Series RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057.
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1pm. £10 (£7). Go Dutch with the entertaining Calefax Reed Quintet from the Netherlands, who invite RSAMD students to join them for part of their performance. Scottish Chamber Orchestra: New Romantics II City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £11.50–£25 (concessions available). Opening with American composer William Schuman’s Symphony No 5, this concert features the UK première of Albert Schnelzer’s Oboe Concerto (The Enchanter), co- commissioned by the SCO and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Finally comes Beethoven’s Symphony No 7. John Storgards conducts. Milngavie Music Club Cairns Church, 11 Buchanan Street, Milngavie, 942 3102. 7.30pm. £10 (£5/free). Two of Scotland’s leading instrumentalists, viola player Scott Dickinson and pianist Graeme McNaught, are a highlight in the society’s International Series with Schumann, Fauré, Britten and the passionate second sonata by Brahms contrasting with the witty humour of Kaleidoscope by local composer Michael Norris.
Edinburgh FREE Lunchtime Concert St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate, 668 2019. 1.10pm. Clarinettist Melanie Piddocke is accompanied by John Kitchen on fortepiano in a performance of works including Beethoven’s Horn Sonata Op 17 (arr Friedlowsky) and Mozart’s Grand Sonata for basset clarinet and piano.
✽✽ Scottish Opera: The Marriage of Figaro Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. 7.15pm. £9.50–£63.50. Renowned baritone Sir Thomas Allen directs Mozart’s most widely performed opera, a theatrical tragi-comedy that focuses on the scheming Count Almaviva as he is repeatedly thwarted in his attempts to seduce his manservant Figaro’s fiancée. Thomas Oliemans appears in the title role, with Nadine Livingston as Susanna, the object of the men’s affection. Edinburgh University Music Society Chorus St Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road, 229 1142. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Neil Metcalfe conducts Karl Jenkins’ stirring and powerful 2001 work, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Edinburgh University String Orchestra and Singers Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 7.30pm. £6 (£4). William Conway conducts the two ensembles in Janácek’s Suite for Strings and Schubert’s lovely Mass No 2 in G, with John Kitchen on organ. RSNO: Imogen Cooper plays Mozart Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £10–£32 (concessions available). Leading UK pianist Cooper joins the RSNO for Mozart’s exciting Piano Concerto No 20. First is Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, the composer’s tribute to Couperin and the baroque music exemplified by him, and completing the
programme is the Scottish première of Magnus Lindberg’s choral epic, Graffiti. FREE Wandelung at St Cecilia’s Hall St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, 668 2019. 7.30–9.30pm. New contemporary piano compositions by Vroni Holzmann and an installation artwork by Karl Sylvester. Falkirk Burns and the Auld Alliance Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, 01324 506850. 7.30pm. £8 (£1). Ceol Alba fuse traditional songs with classical music.
Glasgow FREE The Da Vinci Trio Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 2.30pm. An up-to-the- minute programme from the trio, featuring works by David Fennessy, Eddie McGuire, Sally Beamish and William Sweeney. RSNO: Imogen Cooper plays Mozart Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £10–£32 (concessions available). See Fri 19. City of Glasgow Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera Paisley Abbey, Paisley. 7.30pm. £16 (£8). Faure’s heart-tuggingly beautiful Requiem – who can fail to be moved by the Pie Jesu? – is paired with Cherubini’s C minor setting of the same Latin texts. Maria Kozlova is the soaring soprano, Stephen Fennelly baritone and Graham Taylor conducts. Edinburgh Raymond Gubbay: Four Seasons by Candlelight Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £22.50–£29.50. Enjoy Vivaldi’s most popular work in authentic fashion as the period-clad Mozart Festival Orchestra performs by candlelight. The programme includes a selection of popular baroque works including Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Albinoni’s Adagio. Scottish Chamber Orchestra: New Romantics II The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £9–£27 (concessions available). See Fri 19. Shadow Aspect St Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road, 229 1142. 7.30pm. £16 (£13.50; students £5). Judith Bingham’s 2009 piece inspired by the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson is performed by Edinburgh Royal Choral Union. The Garden of Earthly Delights St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate, 668 2019. 7.45pm. £16 (OAPs £13; students and jobseekers £5). Pamela Thorby (recorder) is joined by Andrew Lawrence King on the harp and Elizabeth Kenny on guitar to play a wealth of music associated with the symbolism of the garden in Elizabethan and Medieval literature, art and song. Chansons, madrigals and serenades are translated into instrumental form by Diego Ortiz, Jacob van Eyck and Giovanni Bassano.
Penicuik Gaita: Days of the Decameron St James Episcopal Church, Broomhill Road, www.gaita.co.uk 7.30pm. By donation. Music from medieval Italy inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron where ten young nobles escape plague- ridden Florence for a villa in the hills and spend ten days frolicking.
Glasgow Hoot Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 1pm. £5. As part of Enterprise Music Scotland’s Residency Project, the versatile harp and flute duo give a lunchtime recital. FREE Kelvingrove Sunday Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 3–3.45pm. Sunday promenade concerts with different organists. Raymond Gubbay: Four Seasons by Candlelight Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. 3pm. £19.50–£27. See Sat 20. A Concert for Arvo Pärt’s 75th Birthday and St Andrew’s Day St Andrews in the Square, 1 St Andrew’s Square, 559 5902. 7.30pm. £10–£13.50 (£7–£9.50). Cappella Nova marks the 75th birthday of Arvo Pärt in this concert featuring the world première of the motet for St Andrew’s Day, six choral works by Pärt and the UK première of The Deer’s Cry. Munro String Trio and Yvonne Paterson St Patrick’s RC Church, 137 William Street, 221 3579. 7.30pm. £7 (£5). The chamber music trio performs works by Purcell, Schubert and Dohnányi, and is joined by the young Scottish flautist Yvonne Paterson for two of Mozart’s popular flute quartets.
Edinburgh Scottish Opera: The Marriage of Figaro Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13–29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. 4pm. £9.50–£63.50. See Fri 19. FREE St Giles’ at Six St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 226 0673. 6pm. The Oban Bach Choir and Orchestra perform extracts from Thomas Arne’s oratorio Judith. Scottish Sinfonia Greyfriars Kirk, Greyfriars Place, 226 0000. 7.30pm. £12 (schoolchildren £3). The Scottish Sinfonia perform Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict Overture, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 in C with soloist Gillian Gray, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 3 in D major. Peebles Peebles Orchestra Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. 7.30pm. £10 (£1). Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A Minor and Ravel’s ever- popular Bolero feature on the programme for this concert conducted by Kenneth Dempster.
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The Marriage of Figaro | 29 Oct to 4 Dec Glasgow • Inverness • Aberdeen • Edinburgh Get £10 tix if you’re under 26. Any Seat. Any Performance.