£3—£12.50(conc available). The New Sadler’s Wells Opera visits Glasgow with an operetta of popular appeal - Franz Lehar’s Merry Widow. Eiddwen Harrhy, Alan Oke, Julian Moyle sing of romantic lovers, dizzy waltzes and the champagne-popping night life of Paris.

0 Glasgow Phoenix Choir City Hall, Candleriggs. Contact Mr R. Provan, 22 Vorlich Gardens, Baljaffray Estate, Bearsden, 942 8919. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Wed 4, Thurs 5. £1.75. There’s something for everyone in these Phoenix Choir concerts ranging from Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bruckner’s Ave Maria to O For a Closer Walk With God. There are Scottish songs, spirituals, Christmas carols, and different soloists join the choir each evening. Conductor is John H. L. Cranston, with accompanist Stewart Henderson.

0 Sounds Baroque SNO Centre, Henry Wood Hall, Claremont Street, 332 7244 (SNO). 7.30pm. £5 (inc party). Friends of the SNO have organised this concert with, appropriately enough, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto The Four Seasons and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe. Soloists are SNO leader Edwin Paling, Clive Hughes and Clare Johnson and there’s a chance to meet them and the other artists after the concert at a party.

0 Christmas Concert Glasgow Arts Centre Washington Street, 221 4526. 7.30pm. Extra date: Wed 4. £1.50 and £1 . An early Christmas concert to whet the appetite for the many more to come. This one will include festive music performed by some of the Arts Centre’s ensembles, some opportunities to join in and maybe even a few surprises. Refreshments are included in the ticket price it’s a bargain.

0 Evening Concert Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, St George’s Place, 332 4101. 7.30pm. Free at door. Peter Sievwright (piano) plays music by Franck, Tippett, Ravel and Ronald Stevenson.

0 Opera Video Casa d’ltalia, 332 3321. 7.30pm. Friends of Scottish Opera continue their screenings of Verdi operas with Ernani.


0 Tosca Town Hall, Portobello. 7.30pm. £2.50(£1.50). Scottish Opera Go-Round have come round to Portobello where they’ll present Puccini’s Tosca, with piano accompaniment. Maria Moll sings the title role and Keith Warner directs.

0 Edinburgh Chamber Ensemble Reid Concert Hall, Teviot Row, Bristo

; Square. 7.30pm. £2 (conc £1.50) at door. The first concert by this new student group includes Albinoni’s Double concerto in C major, Mozart’s Piano Concerto K449 with sololist Colin Kingsley, the Rumanian Folk Dances by Bartok and, finally, Mozart’s Symphony in G minor, No 40.


0 Competition Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, St George’s Place, 332 4101. Free at door. The Governor’s


Mezzo-soprano Ann Murray returns to her native Scotland tor a date with the London Symphony Orchestra on a visit to Glasgow as part oi its ninth Annual Shell National U.l(. Tour. Each year this tour is linked with the Shell-LSO Scholarship, which this year was tor woodwind instrumentalists. Winner oi the Scottish area section was the young tlautisi Stewart Macllwham who, alter the interval, will be presented on stage with his certiiicate by clarinettist Jaclt Brymer, Director oi the Scholarships. Uniortunately, Macllwham does not have the opportunity oi playing himseli at this concert, but no doubt there will be luture engagements in his diary now aiterwinning the Scottish tinal oi this coveted award. In the meantime, Ann Murray stars in Berlioz’s Nuit d’ete,

with the main work on the LSO’s programme being his Symphonic Fantasiique (See Listings - Fri 29 Nov). (Carol Main).

Recital Prize Competition for students of brass instruments.

0 Glasgow Phoenix Choir City Hall, Candleriggs. 7.30pm. Extra date: Thurs 5. £1.75. See Tue 3 for full description.

0 Lunch and Listen Theatre Royal, Hope Street, 331 1234. 1pm. £2 (Friends £1). Another opportunity, courtesy of Friends of Scottish Opera, for finding out something of life behind the scenes. This time it’s in the company of one of the cast from The Merry Widow. You’ll have to go along though to find out who. 0 The Merry Widow Theatre Royal, Hope Street, 331 1234. 7.15pm. Extra dates: Thurs 5, Fri 6, Sat 7 (two performances). £3—£12 (conc available). See Tue 3 for full description.

0 Christmas Concert Glasgow Arts Centre, Washington Street, 221 4526. 7.30pm. £1.50 and £1.See Tue 3 for full details.


0 Lecture/Recital Alison House, Nicholson Square. 10am. Free at door. Robert Spencer, the renowned expert on English early music, gives a talk and recital on ‘The First 100 Years of English Art Song, 1530 - 1630’. Apart from singing, he’ll be accompanying himself on the lute and theorbo, which is just like a lute but with a longer neck so extra bass strings can be fitted in.

0 String Ouartet Coaching Session Lecture Room B, Alison House, Nicolson Square, 667 1011 ext 4577. 2—4pm. Free at door. For students and anyone else who’s interested the Edinburgh Quartet give a coaching session in the art of string playing.



0 Vocal Recital Concert Hall, Glasgow University. 1.15pm. Free at door. Classical music is sometimes criticised for its seriousness, but never let it be said that humour is not far away. In ‘Songs My Mother Never Taught Me’ rather than Dvorak’s song of a similar title , Donald Maxwell (bass) and Angela Livingstone (piano) perform songs and operatic arias of drunkenness and revelry by Ravel, Poulenc,

Warlock and Thomas.

0 Glasgow Phoenix Choir City Hall, Candleriggs. 7.30pm. £1.75. See Tue 3 for full description.

0 The Merry Widow Theatre Royal, Hope Street, 331 1234. 7.15pm. Extra dates: Fri 6, Sat 7 (two performances). £3-£12 (conc available). See Tue 3 for full description.


0 Harpsichord Recital Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square, Teviot Row. 1.10pm. Free at door. Internationally acknowledged expert on early keyboard music Dr Peter Williams gives an all Bach recital, this being the last of Edinburgh University’s series of concerts in 1985.

o ‘Scratch’ Messiah McEwan Hall, Bristo Square. 7pm. Tickets at door. Time to dig out that battered copy of The Messiah if you want a chance to have a good sing through it this Christmas. John Grunday leads the Edinburgh University Musical Society and Choir plus all those people for whom Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a sing through Handel’s Messiah.



0 BBC Symphony Orchestra Henry Wood Hall, Claremont Street, 330 2578 (BBC Shop). 12.15pm. £2.50 (conc 50p £1.50). Janet Hilton is the soloist in the first performance of Concertino for Clarinet and Small Orchestra by Elizabeth Maconchy and also in the first Clarinet Concerto by Weber. A Haydn symphony opens the programme (no 85 in B flat) and Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss brings this interesting sounding concert to a close.

0 Midday Concert Stevenson Hall, RSAMD, St George’s Place, 332 4101. 1pm. Free at door. Margaret Gordon (reciter) and Jack Keaney (piano) inject a little lightness into the Music Academy with Babar the Elephant by Poulenc. Also on the programme is Lenore by Liszt.

0 The Merry Widow Theatre Royal, Hope Street, 331 1234. 7.15pm. Extra date: Sat 7 (two

performances). £3-£12. See Tue 3 for full description.

0 Vocal Recital Kilmardinny House, Bearsden, 943 1312. 7.45pm. Tickets at door. Brian Bannatyne—Scott (bass/baritone) and Angela Livingstone (piano) give a recital of songs by Strauss, Wolf, Schubert and Vaughan Williams.

0 Banquet Henry Wood Hall, Claremont Street. Contact M. Watts, 4 Belmont Crescent, 334 3488. 7.30pm for 8pm. £12.50 (inc food and wine). An evening with a difference tuck into a 3 course meal, wine and coffee with the Telemann Ensemble in the background providing the musical entertainment with works mainly of a Baroque nature - Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi for example.


0 8N0 Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. Extra dates: Sat 7 Glasgow. £2.80—£8.30. The Bells, just once, means it’s not the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, but Rachmaninov’s work of that name for orchestra, chorus and soloists. On this occasion the SNO is joined by their own SNO Chorus and soloists Suzanne Murphy, Keith Lewis and David Wilson-Johnson with Musical Director Neeme J arvi. Also on the programme is Bizet’s charming Symphony in C and Romeo and Juliet, Duetto, by Tchaikovsky.

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0 Children’s Concert Glasgow Arts Centre, Washington Road, 221 4526. 2pm. £1 and 50p. The concerts by the young children of the Arts Centre’s unique music project have become a popular feature of its programme. This concert provides another opportunity to see and hear the splendid progress being made by the children and includes performances by most of the groups and ensembles working on Saturday mornings in the music project.

0 Organ Recital Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove. 3pm. Extra dates: Every Sat. Free at door. More organ music from regular artist Gordon Frier in the pleasant surroundings of the Art Gallery and Museum.

0 The Merry Widow Theatre Royal, Hope Street, 331 1234. 2.15pm and 7.15pm. £3—£12. See Tue 3 for full description.

0 8N0 City Hall, Candleriggs, 552 5961. 7.30pm. £2.80—£8.40. See Fri 6 Edinburgh for full description.


o 800 - Composer Conducts Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 228 1155 (Usher Hall). 7.45pm. Extra date: Fri 6 Aberdeen. £3—£8. The second of this exciting new series features the music of Oliver Knussen with Mitsuko Uchida directing and performing Mozart concertos (15 and 21) on each side of Music for a Puppet Court and the Second Symphony.

o Harpsichord Recital St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate. 7.45pm. £3.75. The

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