storytelling club involving song and music. This month’s guest storyteller is Lothian minister Russell McLarty. Scots Music Group Ceilidh St Bride’s Centre, Orwell Terrace, 346 1405. 7.30pm. £8–£10 (£6–£7; members £7 (£5)). The Robert Fish Band provides the live music at this night of traditional music and dancing. FREE Tom Oakes & Kathryn Nicoll Captains Bar, South College Street. 8.30pm. See Fri 21.

Saturday 29

Glasgow FREE Ceilidhs at Lauries Lauries Bar, King Street, 552 7123. 8pm. See Sat 22. Edinburgh FREE Allan Johnston & Friends Captains Bar, South College Street. 4pm. See Sat 22. Teddy Thompson and David Ford The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7pm. £14.50. Teddy Thompson previews his forthcoming fifth album Bella alongside live-loop pop-folk performer David Ford.

Sunday 30 Edinburgh FREE Tom Oakes & Kathryn Nicoll Captains Bar, South College Street. 4pm. See Fri 21. FREE Bobby Nicholson & Eddy Hanson Captains Bar, South College Street. 8pm. See Sun 23. Club Persia The Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street, 556 7060. 9pm. £10 (£8). A fusion of Scottish and Iranian music with jazz/electronica/ world music from GOL, with ceilidh band Fiddle Guitar, and DJs. Part of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival.

Tuesday 1

Edinburgh Ceilidh Club The Bongo Club, Moray House, Holyrood Road, 558 7604. 8.20pm. £6. Ceilidh dance with callers to lead you through the steps. This is a move to a new venue. Live music from Heeligoleerie to mark the Bongo début. Wednesday 2

Edinburgh FREE Easy Chair The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. See Wed 26. New Time Ensemble Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, the Pleasance, 650 2458. 8pm. £8 (£7; members £5). US cellist in the pan-Celtic quartet (fiddle, flute and guitar) from the Limerick University Irish music course. Peebles Sharon King & the Reckless Angels Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, 01721 725777. 7.30pm. £12 (£10). The Edinburgh-based country- flavoured singer-songwriter with a talent for yarning.

Thursday 3

Glasgow Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante St Andrews in the Square, St Andrews Square, 559 5902. 7.30pm. £8 (£6). Keyboard player and singer with the Battlefield Band and guitarist Rob with music from old and new traditions. FREE Lyra Busby Hotel, Field Road, Clarkston, 644 1136. 8pm. See Thu 20. Edinburgh Newfangled Folk Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, 665 2240. 7.30pm. £14 (£12). Young, talented, folk scene singers and performers Yvonne Lyon, Kim Edgar and David Ferrard perform live together.


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Thursday 20

Glasgow Karine Polwart and Kim Edgar Glasgow University Concert Hall, University Avenue, 330 4092. 1.10pm. £tbc. Singer Polwart performs some of the nation’s favourite Burns songs accompanied by pianist Edgar, with readings by Gerry Carruthers and Kirsteen McCue. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Afternoon Performance City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 2pm. £7. Featuring William Sweeney’s 1991 composition St Blane’s Hill, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 24, and Schumann’s Symphony No 1 ‘Spring’, with Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and conductor Gerard Korsten.

Edinburgh Ditto Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. 1.30pm. £6. Ditto is a music performance exploring the space between sounds, the space between thoughts and the space between emotions. Director and composer is Greg Sinclair and it’s scored for voice, clarinet, trombone and percussion. Suitable for children age 8+.

✽✽ Hebrides Ensemble St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, 668 2019. 6pm. £10 (students/under 25s £6). Two rush-hour concerts featuring pieces by Mozart set alongside modern compositions by James MacMillan and US composer Brett Dean. Today Dean’s contemporary work Epitaphs for String Quintet takes its place with Mozart’s String Quintet No 2 in C Minor. FREE Live Music Now: Hoot National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, 624 6200. 6pm. The flute and harp duo performs pieces by contemporary Dutch composer Louis Andriessen alongside works by Donizetti, Delius and Debussy. Heath Quartet Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, 665 2240. 7.30pm. £13.50 (£11.50). A performance of Beethoven, Haydn and Britten.

Friday 21

Glasgow Roderick Williams RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. 1pm. £10.50 (£7.50). Roderick Williams gives his rich baritone voice an airing to perform songs by Korngold and Schumann, including the latter’s Kerner Lieder. The Cunning Little Vixen Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647. 7.15pm. £6.90–£23.50. Leos Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen is performed by the RSAMD in collaboration with Scottish Opera. Janácek composed the opera in 1924, adapting the libretto from a daily comic that appeared in a Czech newspaper. The story, which has been likened to a Czech Midsummer Night’s Dream, takes place in a forest, set among gypsies, poachers, woodsmen and the animals of the woodland. See preview, page 76.

✽✽ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Stravinsky: The Chamber

Ballets I City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 7.30pm. £11.50–£25 (concessions available). Off-kilter and quirky, Stravinsky’s Jeu de Cartes (‘Card Game’) is a ballet in three ‘deals’ and is a masterpiece of extroverted, witty music. Next is Haydn’s Symphony No 83 (‘La Poule’), and you’ll spend the rest of the evening humming because last on the programme is Tchaikovsky’s irresistibly catchy music to The Nutcracker. Heath Quartet Cairns Church, 11 Buchanan Street, Milngavie. Tickets: 942 3102. £10 (£5/free). 7.30pm. Milngavie

Music Club starts 2011 in style with the exciting young Heath Quartet playing string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and the glittering Ainsi La Nuit by France’s greatest living composer, 94-year-old Henri Dutilleux. Edinburgh Ditto Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. 10.30am. £6. See Thu 20. FREE Edinburgh University Lunchtime Concert: John Kitchen Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 1.10pm. The city organist performs a programme of chaconnes and passacaglias by JS Bach, Raison, Buxtehude, Couperin and Purcell on the Reid Concert Hall’s Ahrend organ. The line-up includes Purcell’s A New Ground, Raison’s Trio en Passacaille and the Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor by Bach.

Saturday 22

Glasgow The Cunning Little Vixen Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647. 7.15pm. £6.90–£23.50. See Fri 21.

Edinburgh Ditto Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. 1.30pm. £6. See Thu 20.

✽✽ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Stravinsky’s Chamber Ballets I

The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 7.30pm. £9–£27 (concessions available). See Fri 21.

Sunday 23

Glasgow FREE Kelvingrove Sunday Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 3pm. Sunday promenade concerts with different organists. Edinburgh FREE Napier University Concert Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row, 248 2971. 2pm. Students perform György Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique For 100 Metronomes alongside works by John Cage. ChildLine Winter Concert Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 3pm. £6.50–£10. Celebrate the winter season and do your bit for ChildLine with this concert of Christmas music and popular classics. All proceeds go to the charity. Please note this concert has been rescheduled from Sun 5 Dec; original tickets remain valid, or refunds may be requested from the box office. FREE St Giles at Six: Kevock Choir St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 226 0673. 6pm. Graham Lovett conducts the ensemble for an outing of some anthems by choral maven John Rutter along with a mixed bag of folk songs from throughout the world, including ‘O Vos Omnes’ by Pablo Casals, and that eternal classic, the ‘Old Hundredth Psalm’ arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams. NYCoS National Girls Choir Greyfriars Kirk, Candlemaker Row. Tickets available at door only. 6pm. £10. Following the postponement of their 5 Dec concert, the girls of the National Youth Choir of Scotland perform Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by Royal harpist Claire Jones, as well as other delicious repertoire that they’ve just recorded and released on the Signum label. Previously purchased tickets remain valid.

Monday 24 Perth Philip Higham Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 1pm. £7.50 (£5.50; advance booking £6.50). The accomplished Edinburgh-born cellist and prime contender for most handsome classical musician on the block performs all of Bach’s Cello Suites in three lunchtime concerts. On the menu today



✽✽ Matthew Barley: The Virtual Cellist It all sounds very high-tech, but the music and movement from cellist Matthew Barley (pictured) on stage will be linked by Edinburgh University’s Centre for ‘Speckled Computing’ to computers which magic up interactive video images projected by VJ Nick Hillel. Tue 1 Feb, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh ✽✽ Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Stravinsky: The Chamber Ballets I Stravinsky’s passion for dance is unparalleled in 20th century orchestral music. For the first of three concerts celebrating his ballet scores, SCO principal conductor Robin Ticciati turns to the typically witty and sparkling Jeu de Cartes. Fri 21 Jan, City Halls, Glasgow; Sat 22 Jan, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh ✽✽ Hebrides Ensemble The exquisite sounds of Mozart’s music for string quintet and/or clarinet quintet, paired with the more contemporary chamber music of Australian Brett Dean, he of Bliss fame at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival, and Scotland’s own James MacMillan. Free glass of wine included. Thu 20 and Thu 27 Jan, St George’s West Church, Edinburgh

are the Cello Suite No 1 in G and the No 2 in D Minor. Tuesday 25

Edinburgh FREE Laura Smith and Colin Kingsley Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University Bristo Square, 650 2427. 1.10pm. Mezzo-soprano Laura Smith and pianist Colin Kingsley perform a romantic selection box featuring Purcell’s Sweeter Than Roses in an arrangement by Britten, Ravel’s Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques and chosen pieces from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn including the ‘Rheinlegendchen’. Get Organised! Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 2.30pm. £2 (children & students free). The Usher Hall continues its series of bite-size lunchtime organ concerts performed by John Kitchen. 20 Jan–3 Feb 2011 THE LIST 75