oScottish Chamber Orchestra Lunchtime Concert. Assembly Rooms, George Street. 225 5373 (P & 0 Travel, 30 George Street). 1.00pm £3.00 (series discount and patronage scheme available). As is evident from these columns there is plenty of music on in the evenings, but not quite so much at lunchtimes when a seat and relaxing music are often most welcome as a break to work, shopping or whatever. In this first concert of a new series of International Lunchtime Concerts at the Assembly Rooms, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Simon Standage (violin). See panel.




einlonnal Recital Stevenson Hall, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, St George's Place. 332 4101. 2.00pm Free. Harpist Osian Ellis talks, plays and sings.

oOberon Lecture Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 331 1234. 7.30pm. £2.00 (If Friends ofScottish Opera). Graham Vick, Producer of Oberon. due to open tomorrow, gives a lecture on the background of the opera, its difficulties and how Scottish Opera has overcome them with a new libretto by Anthony Burgess (see feature).

otecture Studio Theatre, Third Eye Centre, 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7521.7.30pm. £1 .00(conc 60p). Gustav Fenyo gives an introductory talk on 20th Century Hungarian music as part ofthe Hungarian Arts in Glasgow festival, with reference to the piano repertoire and the works he is performing in his recital on 4 November at the City Hall.


OCappella Nova Choral Recital. Old St Paul‘s Church, Jeffrey Street. 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 8.00pm. £3.00 (conc £1.50) (series discount available) See Monday 21, Glasgow. for full description.



OPre-Perlormance Taiit Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 331 1234. 6.00pm Free to Ticket Holders. Also Saturday 26 (6.00pm); 2 Nov (1.00pm); 5 Nov (6.00pm); 7 Nov (6.00pm). Members of the production and music staff of Scottish Opera’s new production of Oberon, with libretto by Anthony Burgess (see feature) explain what it’s all about and give a basic guide to the opera.

oOberon (Scottish Opera) Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 331 1234. 7.15pm £2.50- £18.50. Also Saturday 26 (7. 15pm); Sat 2 Nov

(2. 15pm) Tues 5 Nov (7. 15pm) Thurs 7 Nov (7.15pm). Weber’s Oberon is given a new libretto specially written by Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange and Earthly Powers. It’s always been and still is a story of love

and constancy but now with the full flavour of a modern adventure story. With Oberon as the male principle of the universe and Titania locked in her dressing room refusing to come out, anything is possible in this theatrical world of make believe (see feature).

oEdinburgh Ouartet Concert Staff Club. Strathclyde University 552 4400 ext 3444/2682. 7pm for 7.30pm. The Edinburgh Quartet, with familiar 'cellist Chris Gough now replaced by Mark Bailey, give an after dinner recital for which advance booking is absolutely necessary. It’s a typical after dinner programme of Haydn’s The Lark, Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Borodin‘s Quartet No 2, the one with the melting slow movement. oEvening Concert Stevenson Hall, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, St George's Place. 332 4101. 7.30pm Free. An all French concert for the Alberni String Quartet, joined on this occasion by David Nicholson (flute), Antony Pay (clarinet) and Osian Ellis (harp). Debussy’s Danse sacréc et danse profane and Sonata for flute, viola and harp plus Saint- Saéns’Fantasy for violin and harp and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro make up the programme.



oMasterciass Stevenson Hall, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and drama, St George‘s Place. 332 4101. 10.00am and 2.00pm. Free. Young students of the clarinet are put through their paces with Antony Pay who offers advice, encouragement and maybe even some sympathy. OVOCSI Recital Henry Wood Hall, Claremont Street. Please note that this recital, to be given by Ann Mackay, is now cancelled.


oConcert St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate. 7.45pm £2.00 (conc£1 .00). lfyou fancy something a bit different then do try this concert of Hindustani classical music promoted as part of Edinburgh University‘s current concert season. Tickets at door.




088C Scottish Symphony Orchestra Concert, Henry Wood Hall, Claremont Street 330 2578 12.15 pm £2.50 (conc £1.50 and 50p) from BBC Shop, Queen Margaret Drive. Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich is the soloist in Brahm‘s first piano concerto but before that the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra play Dvorak’s symphonic variations. The overture is A Night in Fibich and you may well ask who he is - all we can tell you is he’s Bohemian and died in 1900. You’ll need to go along to find out more.

oflldday Concert Stevenson Hall , Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, St George’s Place. 332 4101. 1.00 pm. Free. Aftertaking yesterday’s masterclass for budding

clarinettists, Anthony Pay returns to the Stevenson Hall to show what he can do. He plays Mozart‘s Clarinet Quintet with the Alberni String Quartet

oOperatic Gala Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 331 1234 and 552 5961 (Ticket Centre). 7.30 pm £3.00 - £8.00 (series discounts available). Also Monday 28, Edinburgh. Mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza and conductor Jacques Delacéte join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for an operatic jamboree. She’ll be singing arias by Haydn, Handel, Mozart, Massenet and, perhaps inevitably, but a gem just the same, Sequidilla from Carmen.


OOrgan Recital Reid Concert Hall, Teviot Row, Bristo Square 1.10 pm. Tickets free at door. Bruce Wheatcroft is at the console of the delightful chamber organ in Edinburgh University’s Reid Hall. oScottish National Orchestra Concert Usher Hall, Lothian Road. 228 1155. 7.30 pm. £2.80 - £8.30 (series discount available) Also Saturday 26, Glasgow. Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition presumably in the Ravel orchestration - is the major work in this week’s SNO programme , with plenty to hold your attention beforehand including Scottish composer Thea Musgrave’s Peripeteia, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 19 (soloist Peter Serkin, son of Rudolf) and, to start the evening, Rossini’s Semiranide Overture.



oLuhch and Listen with Teresa Berganza Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 331 1234. 1.00 pm. £2.00 (Friends of Scottish Opera £1.20). Friends of Scottish Opera have scored a triumph in securing Teresa Berganza to be their guest on this week’s ‘Lunch and Listen’. In an interview with John Cox, Artistic Director of Scottish Opera, she’ll be talking about her life, her career, the music and everything else that she’s experienced as an international opera star.

0Violln and Piano Recital Glasgow Arts Centre, 12 Washington Street, (opp. Holiday Inn) 221 4526. 2.00 pm. £1.00. Elizabeth Ann Binks, who is more often to be found in the Scottish Opera Orchestra, is on violin and Christine Greig, who’s just returned from studying piano in Poland, is her accompanist. Their programme is Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Franck, Debussy and Kreisler.

oOrgan Recital Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove. 3 pm. Tickets Free at door. More organ music from regular organist Gordon Frier this Saturday afternoon. oPre-Perionnance Tallt Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 331 1234. 6 pm. Also 2 Nov (1.00 pm); 5 Nov (6.00 pm); 7 Nov (60) pm). Free to ticket holders. See Wednesday 23 for full description.

oOberon (Scottish Opera) Theatre Royal, Hope Street. 331 1234. 7.15


pm. £2.50-£18.50. Also Sat 2 Nov (2.15 pm); Tues 5 Nov (7. 15 pm); Thurs7Nov (7.15 pm). See 1

Wednesday23for full description. t ;

oScattish National Orchestra Concert City Hall, Candelriggs. 552 5961 (Ticket Centre) 7.30 pm. £2.80- £8.40 (series discount available), See Friday 25, Edinburgh for full description.

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Usher Hall, Lothian Road. 228 i 1155. 7.30 pm. This extremely I 1 popular annual concert is probably « :

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Concert Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street. 3 '

228 1155 (Usher Hall). 8.00 pm. £3.00 (conc £2.00). Under conductor Colin Tipple the S.C.C. sing an all sacred programme of Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Missa Sancti Nicolai by Haydn and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. Peter Backhouse presides at the organ.




oYoang Musicians' Concert Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street. 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 2.00 pm. £1 .50 (con £1.00). School choirs from St Margaret’s

and St George’s School Chamber Music Group perform in this concert promoted by the Saltire Society. Programme will include compositions by young musicians, so it should be an afternoon of vitality and freshness.

oiiew Music Group oi Scotland Concert Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street. 228 1155 (Usher Hall) 8.00 pm. £2.50 (conc £1.00). Also Tues 29, Glasgow. People often complain that contemporary music is never heard much, but the New Music Group of Scotland (director: Edward Harper, composer of ‘Hedda Gabler‘ . recently commissioned by Scottish Opera) will put that right with a s programme including Britten‘s , ‘Cello Sonata (Haflidi Hallgrimsson . and Edward Harper), Leo by ,\ Roberto Gerhard, Sequenza IXa for solo clarinet by Luciano Berio (Lewis Morrison) and the premiere ' of Thomas Wilson’s Chamber Concerto specially commissioned by; the New Music Group. The Group

in this concert is flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, ‘cello, piano and lots of percussion. And if you have some suspicion of contemporary music let me assure you it really isn’t necessary.


oCeiIo and Piano Recital Henry Wood Hall, Claremont Street. 334 6908 (Ambassador Classics). 7.30 pm. £3.15 (conc £1.60). Also Tuesday 29, Edinburgh. Pro Arte Concert Management do a wonderful job in promoting young musicians from all over the world. This time it’s ‘cellist Pearce Meisenbach from Dallas with British


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