Wednesday 19

Edinburgh FREE Easy Chair The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 6pm. See Wed 28. Grand Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahnaz Ensemble Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £22.50–£32.50. Iran’s celebrated vocalist and political activist is accompanied by the 16- member Shahnaz Ensemble. FREE Black Cat Band Captains Bar, 4 South College Street, 8pm. See Wed 28. Dan McKinnon Edinburgh Folk Club, Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, 650 2458. 8pm. £9 (£7; members £6). Canadian singer playing traditional music from the North Atlantic. FREE Mike Breen & Eddy Hanson Captains Bar, 4 South College Street, 8.30pm. See Wed 28. Dundee TMSA Young Trad Tour Marryat Hall, City Square, 01382 434940. 7.30pm. £12.50 (£10). Finalists from this year’s BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition prove their solo talents and perform as a band.

Thursday 20

Glasgow Dan McKinnon St Andrews in the Square, 1 St Andrews Square, 559 5902. 8pm. £8 (£6). See Wed 19.

Edinburgh ✽✽ Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £15--£20; concessions available. The celebrated ensemble brings you the majesty of Bulgarian folk song. David Dondero and James McKay Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. 8–10pm. £7 in advance; £8 on the door. Narrative, folky, singer songwriter who so impressed Conor ‘Bright Eyes’ Oberst that the alt.folk god snapped him up for his own Team Love label. Simon Thacker’s Svara-Kanti The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street, 668 2019. 8pm. £15 (£12). Mix of Indian and western classical music from the master guitarist. FREE Muckle Flugga Whiski Rooms, 4, 6 & 7 North Bank Street, 225 7224. 9.30pm–12.30am. See Thu 22.

Stirling Fiddlers’ Bid Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, 01382 434940. 8pm. £14. A spirited dynamic four-piece of fiddlers regarded as leading exponents of Shetland’s musical traditions.

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Thursday 22

Glasgow Edinburgh Quartet Westbourne Music, 7 West George Street, 649 5347. 12.45pm. £3–£6. The Quartet, featuring new violist Jessica Beeston, plays Schubert’s great Quintet in C Major. FREE Kelvingrove Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. 1pm. Free lunchtime organ recitals every day by different organists. Michel Doneda & Jonas Kocher/Lambs Gamble Street Level Photo Works, Trongate 103, 552 2151. 7pm. Entry by donation. Experimental and improvised music from French sax player Doneda and Swiss composer/accordionist Kocher, plus more free playing from drummer Fritz Welch, guitarist Eric Boros and bassist George Cremaschi.

Haddington BBC SSO: Rossini, Menotti and Dvorák St Mary’s Parish Church, The Sidegate, 0131 473 2000. 8pm. £10–£20 (students £8). The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra dons its collective stetson for Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony. By way of variety there’s Menotti’s Violin Concerto with soloist Jennifer Koh. Part of Lammermuir Festival. Perth Scottish Ensemble Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 7.30pm. £10. The Ensemble is joined by trumpeter Alison Balsom for a programme including two of Handel’s Concerti grossi, Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto Op 7 No 3, and works by Purcell, Vivaldi and MacMillan’s Seraph, which was dedicated to Balsom by the composer.

Friday 23 Glasgow Sounds of the Labyrinth The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 8pm. £17.50 (£15.50). Concert to accompany Jim Buchanan’s Labyrinth of Light installation at the Fruitmarket, featuring the premiere of a new work, Eilean, by Craig Armstrong in collaboration with German singer/artist AGF, plus a performance of Terry Riley’s In C by Icebreaker and musical response from DJ Alex Smoke.

Musselburgh Scottish Ensemble St Michael’s Parish Church, Inveresk, 665 0713. 7.30pm. £10. See Thu 22. Saturday 24

Glasgow Space City Halls, Candleriggs, 353 8000. 3pm & 7.30pm. Matinee: £10 (children £5; family ticket £25); evening concert £12. A double bill of documentary films with live soundtracks. Andy McGregor’s Man High features a score by Stephen Deazley and Martin Parker, performed by Music at the Brewhouse. Al Reinert’s Apollo For all Mankind has one of Brian Eno’s more mesmerising and ominous scores, performed live by Icebreaker. The afternoon performance is a special family matinee as part of the Concert Halls’ Family Fun Day. Edinburgh FREE Pure Brass National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, 0300 123 6789. 3.15–4pm. The versatile young brass quintet starts off the National Museum’s latest season of Saturday afternoon concerts in partnership with Live Music Now.

Dirleton A Musical Journey I Dirleton Kirk, Manse Road, 473 2000. Noon. £10 (students £6). The Navarra Quartet play Beethoven’s first string quartet and Haydn’s last one; Emily Hoile (harp) and Louise Alder (soprano) mix it up with Britten’s Birthday Hansel for soprano and harp. Part of Lammermuir Festival

Whitekirk A Musical Journey II St Mary’s Parish Church, 473 2000. 3.30pm. £10 (students £6). The Navarra Quartet continues its day-long venue crawl with Haydn’s Quartet in C Op 54 No 2 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in E minor Op 59 No 2, with Emily Hoile playing Britten’s Suite for solo harp in between. Part of Lammermuir Festival. North Berwick A Musical Journey III St Andrew Blackadder Church, High Street, 473 2000. 7.30pm. £15 (students £8). The Navarra Quartet’s one-day tour of the Lammermuirs concludes with Britten’s String Quartet No 3 and Beethoven’s spellbinding Quartet in A minor Op132. The quartet is joined by Louise Alder (soprano) and Emily Hoile (harp) for Menotti’s Nocturne for soprano, harp and string quartet. Part of Lammermuir Festival.

Sunday 25 Glasgow FREE Kelvingrove Sunday Organ Recitals Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599.

3–3.45pm. Sunday promenade concerts with different organists.

Edinburgh FREE St Giles’ at Six: Caroline Hood & Colin Mackay St Giles’ Cathedral, Royal Mile, 226 0673. 6pm. Hood (soprano) and Mackay (piano) perform songs and arias by arias by Purcell, Richard Strauss, Copland and Thea Musgrave.

✽✽ National Youth Choir of Scotland: Belshazzar’s Feast

Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. 7.30pm. £12–£20; under 16s £6. The youth choir performs Walton’s celebrated oratorio about the king who couldn’t read the writing on the wall. Christopher Bell conducts the RSNO.

Whitekirk Dunedin Consort: Lammermuir Festival Closing Concert St Mary’s Parish Church, 473 2000. 8pm. £10–£20 (students £8). The 2011 Lammermuir Festival ends with a feast of baroque: Bach’s motet Komm Jesu komm2* and the cantata Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied bracket the splendid Double Concerto in D Minor. The concert closes with Handel’s Dixit Dominus. John Butt conducts. Part of Lammermuir Festival.

Tuesday 27

Glasgow ✽✽ SCO: Big Ears, Little Ears St Andrews in the Square, 1 St

Andrews Square, booking via Glasgow Concert Halls: 353 8000. 11am. £6 per adult + baby (under 18 months); £5 per additional adult/child. Works by Beethoven, Bartok, Mendelssohn (the Hebrides Overture) and Prokofiev played in a baby-friendly environment.

Edinburgh FREE Edinburgh Quartet Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square, 650 2427. 1.10pm. Lunchtime concert featuring Mozart’s Quartet in A K169 and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No 1 Op 11. Perth Dunedin Consort: Dixit Dominus Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, 01738 621031. 7.30pm. £12.50–£22 (£12.50–£20). See Sun 25.

Wednesday 28

Edinburgh ✽✽ SCO: Big Ears, Little Ears The Queen’s Hall, 87–89 Clerk Street,

668 2019. 11am. £6 per adult + baby (under 18 months); £5 per additional adult/child. See Tue 27.

Thursday 29

Glasgow Music in the University: Pure Brass Glasgow University Concert Hall,

Opera. Worth a second look. Get £10 tix if you’re under 26. Any seat. Any performance. Scottish Opera 11|12 The Barber of Seville Hansel & Gretel The Rake’s Progress Tosca

100 THE LIST 22 Sep–20 Oct 2011