The best classical music and opera
Hebrides Ensemble and Scottish Dance Theatre: The Soldier’s Tale As part of the Scottish Arts Council’s Tune Up programme, Scotland’s foremost chamber group has joined with its dance equivalent to create an exciting tour of venues across the country. Programme includes the beautiful and moving Pari Intervallo by Arvo Pärt with specially commissioned new choreography. The Bridge, Easterhouse, Glasgow, Thu 2 Nov; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Mon 6 Nov.
The Paper Nautilus Nature and the wonders of the sea combine with the latest developments in underwater science to inspire a new commission from ground-breaking composer Gavin Bryars. As past and present come together, the ‘living light’ of our planet’s underwater world is presented on stage through music, words, movement and design. Tramway, Glasgow, Thu 2-Sat 4 Nov.
Scottish Opera: Tamerlano New production of Handel’s rarely performed opera is directed by John La Bouchardière, already a great success with the company, especially in last season’s Semele. Austrian counter-tenor Max Cencic is well worth hearing in the title role. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Tue 7, Thu 9, Sat 11 and Thu 16 Nov.
The International Classical Season: John Williams and Richard Harvey’s World Tour Famed ambassador of the classical guitar, Australian-born Williams now covers a much wider repertoire. With Harvey, who plays over 600 instruments, and musical influences from all over the world, the possibilities are no doubt endless.
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 9 Nov.
Karl Jenkins Requiem Scottish teenagers suffering from cancer will benefit from the second only visit to Scotland of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, the highest placed living composer in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame. His mass for peace, The Armed Man, played to a capacity audience just over a year ago, such is his huge appeal. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Sun 12 Nov.