Symphony No 29. It may sound a lot of music but it‘s scheduled to last 50 minutes which still gives time for some lunch, available at the Assembly Rooms.



0 Opera Video Casa D‘ltalia. 332 3321. 7.30pm. l Lombardi is Friends of Scottish Opera’s choice of film this week. The venue sounds appropriately Italian. _ Edinburgh 5 o Lunchtime Concert St John‘s Church. Princes Street. 1pm. Musicians from Scottish Opera conducted by Richard Honner with | Elizabeth Fyfe (oboe) and Beverley 5 Mills (mezzo-soprano) perform music by Purcell. Mozart. Bellini and Warlock.

0 Student Concert Reid Concert Hall, ; Teviot Row. Bristo Square. 1.10pm. Free at door. A free opportunity of hearing what students of Edinburgh University‘s Faculty of Music get up to when they‘re not buried under piles ofancient manuscripts.

o Pro-performance Talk King‘s Theatre. 6pm. Free to ticket holders Learn a bit of background information about Mozart‘s opera The Magic Flute due to be performed later this evening by Scottish Opera.

0 Scottish Opera-The Magic Flute King’s Theatre. Leven Street. 229 1201. 7.15pm. £3—£l6(series discounts available)/ Mozart‘s The Magic Flute is the first of Scottish Opera’s series ofone night stands in Edinburgh this season. The production is by Jonathan Miller and the cast includes Benjamin Luxon singing Papageno, Robin Leggate (Tamino), Rosa Mannion (Pamina) and Nan Christie as the Queen of the Night.





0 Prize Competition Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, St George’s Place, 332 4101. Daytime. Free at door. Another competition for music students at the Glasgow Academy. This time it’s for Scots Song. 0 East Kilbride Music Club Village Theatre, East Kilbride, East Kilbride 48669. 7.45pm. £2.50 (£2). Three of Scotland’s foremost professional opera singers get together for An Evening of Opera. Patricia Hay, John Robertson and Halcro Johnston sing well-loved arias from the stage by Puccini, Verdi, Rossini, Mozart and Lehar to the piano accompaniment from David Frame, who will also play a few solos of his own to add to the evening’s enjoyment. 0 Organ Recital Concert Hall, Glasgow University, 339 8855 ext 571. 7.30pm. Free at door. Stuart Campbell continues his series of recitals covering the complete organ works of J . S. Bach. He’ll be playing the recently installed organ in the Concert Hall which came from the Unitarian Church in St Vincent



0 Pre-perlonnance Talit King’s Theatre. 6pm. Free to ticket holders. No need to pay a visit to the library to swot up on La Vie Parisienne, the opera on offer from Scottish Opera this evening, as you can learn something of the background to the opera in this short lecture organised by the Lothian Branch of Friends of Scortish Opera.

0 Scottish Opera- La Vie Parisienne King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 229 1201. 7.15pm. Extra date Sat 30. £3—£16 (series discounts available).

: Offenbach’s famous portrayal of gay Paree has been given a new

? translation by Private Eye satirist

' John Wells which captures the

essence of the frivolous aspect of that sparkling city. Go along and find out just how ‘naughty’ Scottish Opera

, can be. o Choral Concert Christchurch,

Momingside, 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 7.30pm. £2 (£4 inc wine and cheese). The publicity officer of the SCO turns impressario for this concert in aid of the Christchurch Organ Fund. Fergus Black conducts a specially formed choir of Edinburgh’s leading singers including the tenor John Cox, shortly to leave the city for Keele, who will sing Finzi’s rarely performed Dies Natalis. The choir, with orchestra, performs Handel’s rousing Zadok the Priest and the Mass by Stravinsky. Chris Bell lets us hear the present state of the organ in Handel’s Organ Concerto Op 7 No 4.

0 Edinburgh University Wind Ensemble Reid Concert Hall, Teviot Row, Bristo Square. 7.30pm. £1.50(£1). At door. This student group has a blow at a mixed bag of music for Wind Ensemble including military marches and light classics eg ballet music from Coppelia, Cavatina, Big Country and the Rockford Files.



o The Secrets of the Muse Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University. 1.15pm. Free at door. Elspeth Mack (soprano) and Neil Morrison (lutes) hold the secret of exactly what’s on in this concert, but just to be going on with for the moment you can hear ‘airs de coeur’, Scottish lute songs and music for lutes alone.

0 Chamber Orchestral Concert Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, St George’s Place, 332 4101. 7.30pm. Free at door. Leonard Friedman, more often to be found directing the Scottish Ensemble, faces a change of players and takes the Academy Chamber Orchestra through their paces in a programme of Haydn, Britten, Lennox Berker and Mozart’s G minor Symphony No 40. o Strathclyde University Chamber Orchestra Concert Assembly Hall , Strathclyde University, 552 4400 ext 3444. 8pm. Free at door. The last concert at Strathclyde University before all the Christmas music events takes the form of a ‘promenade’ concert, during which refreshments will be served. It also provides a showcase for the orchestra’s best wind players in

Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon with orchestra. Alan Tavener directs the programme , which also includes Schubert’s Symphony No 6.


0 Pre-perionnance Talit King’s Theatre. 6pm. Free to ticket holders. Handel’s Orlando can be heard later this evening and Friends of Scottish Opera give audiences the opportunity of learning something about it in an informal talk.

0 Scottish Opera- Orlando King‘s Theatre, Leven Street, 229 1201. 7.15pm. £3—£16. As a contribution to European Music Year, which among other things celebrates George Frederic Handel’s Tercentenary, Scottish Opera has chosen Orlando. The hero (James Bowman) cannot make up his mind about his conflicting duties to love and military glory. The opera shows how he sorts out this dilemma and finishes with

; Orlando’s triumph over love and

: self.

0 Edinburgh University Chamber

; Orchestra Concert Queen‘s Hall,

' Clerk Street, 228 1155 (Usher Hall).

7.45pm. £2 (£1.50). Haydn’s Symphony No 94 is the work nicknamed ‘The Surprise’ in this concert, but the two new

commissions also on the programme '

promise to be the biggest surprise as this is their first performance. Horizons by Cartwright and Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra by Christopher James are the specially written works. The latter is conducted by the composer and Robert Marshall conducts the rest of the evening’s proceedings.


Brazilian pianist Christina Ortiz perionns Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with the sun both in Edinburgh (22 Nov) and Glasgow (23 Nov). An internationally acclaimed artist, she has played with many at the world’s great orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, Concertgebow, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic. See listings for tall programme details.

FRIDAY Edinburgh

0 Kist oi Musicit Baroque music of Italy and Scotland. St Bernard’s Church. Saxe Coburg Street. 8pm. £2.50 & £2. With Alistair Hardy on fiddle. This group has plenty to interest lovers ofinstrumental Scottish music.

0 North Sea Gas Platform l.Rutland Street, 225 2433. Popular Corrie style folk group.



0 Afternoon in Viclry Bar Session for whoever turns up. Victoria Bar. Bridgegate, 552 6040.


0 Deal Heights Cajun Aces Chambers Street Union. Chambers Street. Hard to get into ifyou are not a student. Great melodeon-based funky swamp music.

0 Accordion ’85 Playhouse Theatre, Greenside Place. 7.30pm. £4.50. £4. £3.75. annual gigantic extravaganza for all lovers of fiddle and box music. 0 Ceilidh for Lothians Conservation Volunteers Walpole Hall, Chester Street. Live band. 8—1 1pm. £2.

0 Alan Jones and lnverary Grant McTavish Country blues and boogy piano ace makes a double appearance in Edinburgh this month. On 17 Nov he is at Glenelg Hotel with guitarist Alan Jones. On 16 Nov. he hosts a session in Rose Street. It is rumoured that clarinettist Dick Lee will be putting in an appearance and generally the word to Edinburgh blues musicians is— Come out of the closet, with or without your instrument. High hopes that this will become a regular blues venue.






0 Usually music in the Vicky Bar Bridgegate, evenings.

O Drinkers Orouth Strong vocal group from Edinburgh. Mainly traditional Scottish, some contemporary, and some self-penned songs and intrumentals. They have gone down a storm in Germany and Italy and tonight are at the Black Bull Hotel Folk Club, Milngavie.


0 Tom Paxton the great sixties troubadour’s only appearance in Scotland. Lochgelly Arts Centre, Fife. Great work by the Arts in Fife Dave Brubeck last month . . . maybe Frank Sinatra for Christmas?

0 Nobody’s Business Bannerman’s Bar, Cowgate, 556 3254. Guitars, sax and clarinet swinging in the vaults.

o Inverary Grant hicTavish with sidekick Alan Jones take over the

The List 15—28 November 19