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The Feastival of St Andrew

Some top-notch Scottish street food, music, spoken word and street art at this feastival in honour of St Andrew's Day.

SWG3, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

£5 (free before 2pm; children free all day) / 0141 357 7246

The RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

A family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal tunes, including the now annual screening of Dianne Jackson's 1982 film of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman with live musical accompaniment, because nothing spells 'Christmas' like a magical fable about the transience of life. Christopher Bell conducts.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 20 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled/under 26s/mature students/unemployed £7.50–£17.50) / 0141 353 8000

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled/under 26s/mature students/unemployed £7.50–£17.50) / 0131 228 1155

GIOfest VII: Community Open Workshop

The GIOfest open workshop invites everyone to take part; bring an instrument or just your own voice. Percussion instruments are provided. Places are limited, so book early. Booking is essential.

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 29 Nov

Free but ticketed / 0141 352 4900

Part of GIOfest VII.

David Redfern And Lynn Riley

Organist and soprano in recital.

The Organ Loft, Belper

Sun 30 Nov

£5 includes interval refreshments

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union: Messiah

The Union's annual performance of Handel's oratorio is, after 128 years, an Edinburgh institution. Featuring instrumental support from Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Jan 2015

£13–£27 / 0131 228 1155

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The Mikado

  • Directed by: Thom Southerland
  • Written by: W S Gilbert (lyrics)

A Noel Coward-inspired, re-conceived take on Gilbert and Sullivan's popular operetta, featuring Rebecca Caine as Katisha and Mark Heenehan as The Mikado. Directed by Thom Southerland.

Charing Cross Theatre, London WC2N

Sat 29 Nov

£10–£22.50 / 08444 930 650

Sat 6 Dec

£10–£22.50 / 08444 930 650

Sat 13 Dec

£10–£22.50 / 08444 930 650

…and 7 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

Russian State Ballet: Nutcracker

  • Directed by: Sergei Bobrov
  • Written by: Tchaikovsky

Full-length classical ballet set to Tchaikovsky's music and performed by the renowned company.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Sun 4 Jan 2015

£19.50–£38.50 / 0844 907 9000

Bristol Hippodrome

Thu 8 Jan 2015

£12.50–£32.50 / 0844 847 2325

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£30.50–£37.50 / 01702 351135

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Singing: Workshop (Ages 7-23)

Learn to be more relaxed performing, have more confidence, improve your presentation skills, have more fun, access and use more energy, be more creative and express yourself better at work, school and home.

Kings Theatre, Chatham

Fri 28 Nov

£21 ( £15) / 01634 829468

The Cabeytu Brothers

Multi-instrumental Argentinean duo playing mixed, multiple cross-genre covers.

North Pier Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 7 Dec

£7 / 01253 621452

The Big LGBT Music Jam

Music-making in a creative and supportive environment. Bring an instrument (which could be your voice) and join in with singing, playing or just listening.

LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 0131 523 1100

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Children's Classic Concerts and the RSNO: Deck the Halls with Owen and Olly

Christmas tunes with the irrepressible duo, a full orchestra and a squad of ballet dancers.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 6 Dec

£10–£15 (£6–£9; Children £6–£9) / 0141 353 8000

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 7 Dec

Christmas Light Switch On

Stalls, mulled wine, mince pies, Santa, reindeer and more all leading up to the big switch on by Richard Blackwood.

Artillery Square, Woolwich

Sun 30 Nov


Elton John

Classic tunes from the veteran singer-songwriter's five decade career.

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)

Sat 20 Jun 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 477 9000

Banks' Stadium, Walsall

Sat 13 Jun 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01922 622 791

Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester

Sun 7 Jun 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 0871 871 8781

John Mann

The organist-pianist performs showtunes and easy listening numbers.

Assembly Hall, Worthing

Sun 7 Dec

£10.50 / 01903 206206

Loch Ossian Forgotten Carols Weekend

A weekend workshop to enjoy singing and good company.

Loch Ossian Syha, Fort William

Fri 28 Nov

£199 (includes accommodation and dinner on Fri & Sat)

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The Merry Widow: TWODS

An operetta by composer Franz Lehar which tells the story of a young rich widow, and her countrymen's attempt to keep her money in the Principality of Pontevedro, to avoid State bankruptcy, by finding her the 'right husband'.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 29 Nov

£13 / 01892 530613

Silver Belles Christmas Show

A Christmas show choc-a-bloc with entertainment, fancy costumes and a snow-covered finale.

Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sun 30 Nov

£15 / 0191 261 2606

Alan Barnes Octet

The saxophonist and his group performs his suite inspired by Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.

Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport

Sun 14 Dec

£18 ( £16) / 01704 533771

Aurora Trio: Krouse, Takemitsu, Bax, Bach, Dubois, Mathias, Debussy

  • Written by: Debussy

Performance of the music of Bax, Mathias, Debussy, Bach, Takemitsu, Dubois and Krouse by the musicians Emma Halnan (flute), Joe Bronstein (viola) and Heather Wrighton (harp).

The Cut, Halesworth

Sun 8 Feb 2015

£11.50 / 0845 673 2123

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Formed in 1935, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is one of the UK's leading orchestras, with an exceptionally wide repertoire and a special affinity for contemporary music.

Town Hall, Huddersfield

Sat 29 Nov

£22 (£20) / 01484 221798

Hèctor Parra' s L’absència (2013) and James Dillon's Concerto for Piano 'Andromeda', featuring Noriko Kawai as soloist, plus the world premiere of Dillon's Physis No. I & II. Steve Schick conducts.

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Big Big Sing

Big Big Sing is a UK-wide singing project that aims to inspire thousands of people through singing. Join a choir of hundreds for an evening of song, including workshops with inspirational choirmasters. No experience needed.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sun 7 Dec

£5 (Free) / 0141 353 8000

Inspirational choir leaders Stephen Deazley and Lucy Griffiths will have singers of all ages and abilities hitting the high notes in a very special Big Big Sing session, including an outdoor surprise bringing magic to the heart of the city centre.

Blue Lane

Quintet with tenor/guitar front line playing well-known tunes by the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Horace Silver and Thelonious Monk.

The Lismore, Glasgow

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 0141 576 0103

  • 17:00 – 20:00 Blue Lane The Lismore, Glasgow

Blues/Soul Open Mic/Jam

A monthly Blues/Soul Jam hosted by house band Blue Prints and special guests. A special night of fantastic soul infused blues grooves featuring some of the best voices and musicians in the genre.

12 Bar Club, London WC2H

Sun 14 Dec

£3 / 020 7240 2622

Christmas in the City

STV Glasgow's The Riverside Show presenters Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell host a charity Christmas lunch featuring a catwalk-based show telling the story of Christmas in Glasgow as well as performances from Carrie Mac and the Bay City Rollers. Funds raised go to the STV Appeal and Kilbryde Hospice.

Thistle Glasgow Hotel

Fri 5 Dec

£950 per table of ten / 01698 459966

Edinburgh Youth Choir

The Edinburgh Youth Choir was founded in 2000 and provides a chance for talented singers aged 16 to 24 to get vocal training and performance experience.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

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