City Halls

City Halls
Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ

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City Halls

Glasgow's oldest purpose built performance space has been entertaining visitors since 1841. The venue houses a traditional shoebox style auditorium as well as rehearsal, recording, broadcasting and webcasting facilities. The programme is predominantly classical music, the venue is home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as a regular performance base for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. City Halls also host regular public workshops and classes for all ages and music abilities.

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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.

Sat 6 May

Grand Hall

£16 for day pass (£12) / 0141 353 8000

Ilav Volkov conducts François-Bernard Mâche's Kassandra; Linda Catlin Smith's Wilderness (European premiere); a new work by Lori Goldston (World premiere); and the orchestra plays with Australian improvising trio The Necks. With Lori Goldston (cello) and Yarn/Wire. Part of Tectonics Glasgow.

BBC SSO: Bostridge Sings Britten

Ian Bostridge, one of the finest tenors around, takes the centre role in Britten's magnificent Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, with soloist Chris Parkes. Then there's Anthony Payne's completion of Elgar's Symphony No 3. John Wilson conducts.

Thu 27 Apr

Grand Hall

£13–£26 / 0141 353 8000

BBC SSO: Brahms Symphony No. 1

Chinese-born Boris Blacher's Concertante Musik, Haydn's Cello Concerto No 1 featuring Johannes Moser, and Brahms's characteristically rich and thoughtful Symphony No 1, conducted by Christoph König.

Thu 13 Apr

Grand Hall

£13–£26 (students, under 18s and unemployed £6) / 0141 353 8000

BBC SSO: Elgar's Second Symphony

Butterworth's orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad, which is based on his own melodies for song settings of Housman's poems, followed by James MacMillan's Viola Concerto featuring Lawrence Power, and Elgar's Symphony No 2. Richard Farnes conducts.

Thu 9 Mar

£13–£26 (students, under 18s and unemployed £6) / 0141 353 8000

BBC SSO: Haydn's The Creation

Haydn's oratorio is arguably the greatest single piece its composer ever wrote, a pinnacle of the classical style and an exhilarating explosion of melody. Here it's sung in English with soloists Elizabeth Watts (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) and Matthew Rose (bass) and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus with chorus master…

Sun 14 May

Grand Hall

£13–£26 / 0141 353 8000

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BBC SSO Hear and Now: Matthias Pintscher Conducts

Matthias Pintscher conducts Ligeti's San Franscisco Polyphony, Olga Neuwirth's Masaot/Clock Without Hands and Hans Werner Henze's Symphony No 7.

Sat 8 Apr

Grand Hall

Free but tickets limited to two per application / 0141 353 8000

BBC SSO: MacMillan Conducts MacMillan

Sir James MacMillan conducts, as only he can, his Symphony No 4, along with John Maxwell Geddes's Voyager and Finzi's Clarinet Concerto featuring the young Dutch virtuoso Annelien Van Wauwe.

Thu 30 Mar

Grand Hall

£11 in advance, £13.50 on the door / 0141 353 8000

BBC SSO: Mahler Symphony No 7

If anyone could stay cheerful after composing more than 80 symphonies it was Joseph Haydn, whose Symphony No 88 is one of his most light-hearted (and he'd go on to write another 16 or so.) Mahler's Symphony No 7 is an epic journey through the Alps; yes, Mahler has a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. Thomas…

Thu 18 May

Grand Hall

£13–£26 (students, under 18s and unemployed £6) / 0141 353 8000

BBC SSO: Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2

Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 has remained enduringly popular since its debut performance and here it is again, with Yevgeny Sudbin as soloist. To open, there's the world premiere of a BBC commission by Edmind Finnis, The Air, Turning and to close there's Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Thu 23 Feb

Grand Hall

£13–£26 / 0141 353 8000

BBC SSO: Strauss's Four Last Songs

It's time to Ragnarok Out! Thomas Dausgaard with Wagner's 'Prelude' and 'Liebestod' from Tristan and Isolde, Strauss's Four Last Songs featuring soprano Erin Wall, Wagner's 'Prelude' to Act 1 of Parsifal and the UK premiere of Rued Langgaard's Symphony No 6 'Heaven-Storming'.

Thu 23 Mar

Grand Hall

£13–£26 / 0141 353 8000

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BBC SSO: The Music of Rued Langgaard

Stephen Johnson presents extracts from the music of the late-Romantic Danish composer (1893–1952), including the 'Prelude' to his opera Antikrist (which was ever such a popular subject for an opera in 1920s Denmark) and his Symphony No 4. Thomas Dausgaard conducts.

Sun 19 Mar

Grand Hall

Free but limited to two seats per application / 0141 353 8000

BBC SSO: Wilson Conducts Korngold

Doyen of film music conductors John Wilson is an appropriate choice to conduct the Symphony in F sharp major of one of the most influential of film music composers, Erich Korngold. There's also Mendelssohn's briny Hebrides Overture (aka 'Fingal's Cave') and a rare chance to hear orchestral versions of Schubert songs, with…

Thu 16 Mar

Grand Hall

£11 in advance, £13.50 on the door / 0141 353 8000

City of Glasgow Chorus

The City of Glasgow Chorus is the largest independent choral group in the West of Scotland.

Sun 23 Apr

£14–£22.50 Students £10 / 0141 353 8000

The choir sings works by Beethoven and Vivaldi.

Eddi Reader

The popular folk pop chanteuse, known for her work with Fairground Attraction and often called upon to add her voice to other people's records tours her latest album Vagabond.

Thu 20 Apr

£23.50–£25 / 0141 353 8000

Edinburgh Quartet

Scotland's premier string quartet was founded in 1960 and maintains close relationships with composers all over the UK, as well as playing dozens of concerts a year in venues all over the world.

Tue 28 Mar

Recital Room

£15 (£12; Students £5; Children free) / 0141 353 8000

Mozart, String Quartet No 21 in D Major K575; Shostakovich, (String Quartet No 1 in C Major Op 49, Beethoven, *String Quartet Op 59 No 3 'Rasumovsky'

Tue 13 Jun

Recital Room

£15 (£12; Students £5; accompanied children free) / 0141 353 8000

Haydn, String Quartet Op 77 No 2, Tippett, String Quartet No 2, Beethoven, Quartet Op 59 No 1.

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Glasgow Culture Vultures

The purpose of this group is to try and bring people together who have an interest in the arts, particularly of classical vocal music, opera and the visual arts. I hope to embrace all art forms if/when events are in Glasgow. Or occasionally in Edinburgh. Moreover, it is to organise and have someone to go with to attend…

Fri 24 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 353 8000

Mozart's Coronation Mass (Mass in C Major)

Fri 10 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 353 8000

SCO The Paris Concert

Fri 12 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Symphony No 7

Sun 14 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 353 8000

Haydn's Creation (in English)

Glasgow: Get Up And Go

Many people have wide ranging tastes in how they'd like to spend their spare time. The intent of this group is to have a little bit of variety and provide the opportunity to meet people who share common interests. From Arts & Culture to Food & Drink to Movies with a little bit of fitness sprinkled here and…

Thu 20 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 353 8000

Eddi Reader & Special Guests

Glasgow Trombone Weekend: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Concert I

Starting our trombone extravaganza in style, Martyn Brabbins leads the BBC SSO, helped by Simon Johnson and Christian Lindberg.

Thu 22 Jun

Grand Hall

£13.50 (Student £5; Children £5) / 0141 353 8000

Glasgow Trombone Weekend; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Concert II

The BBC SSO are back again, this time with the effervescent Jörgen van Rijen as well as Christian Lindberg.

Fri 23 Jun

Grand Hall

£13.50 (Student £5; Children £5) / 0141 353 8000

Glasgow Trombone Weekend: Mnozil Brass: Yes Yes Yes! Concert III

YES YES YES, is the ultimate Mnozil Brass programme by this very unique brass septet. It is spontaneous with a variety of cover versions, original compositions and brilliant on stage choreographies.
The ensemble's talent for improvisation and humour on the stage will send you away on a high!

Sat 24 Jun

Grand Hall

£13.50 (Student £5; Children £5) / 0141 353 8000

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Glasgow Trombone Weekend: Pre-Concert - RCS Students

Join us for a short informal pre-concert performance by RCS students to showcase the wonderful young brass talent right here in Glasgow.

Thu 22 Jun

Recital Rooms

Free with a ticket for the evening concert / 0141 353 8000

Fri 23 Jun

Recital Rooms

Free with a ticket for the evening concert / 0141 353 8000

Madeleine Peyroux

Crossover jazz vocalist with a cool swinging take on tracks by Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Sun 4 Jun

£27.50–£35 / 0141 353 8000

The Matt Monro Story

Tribute to Matt Monro's life and music performed by his son, Matt Monro Jnr.

Sun 5 Mar

£22.50 / 0141 353 8000

NYOS Senior Orchestra

The NYOS Senior Orchestra is designed for older students who want to join the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and is open to students aged 11–18.

Sun 9 Apr

£8–£14 Full Price (£8; Children £2.50) / 0141 353 8000

Maxime Tortelier conducts Michael Torke's Javelin; Barber's Second Essay for Orchestra Op. 17; Copland's El Salón México and Howard Hanson's Symphony No 2 Op.30 Romantic.

Rie Nakajima & Pierre Berthet

Installation and performances from the art duo.

Sat 6 May

Free / 0141 353 8000

Part of Tectonics Glasgow.

Recital Room

Free / 0141 353 8000

Performance. Part of Tectonics Glasgow.

Sun 7 May

Free / 0141 353 8000

Installation. Part of Tectonics Glasgow.

Recital Room

Free / 0141 353 8000

Performance. Part of Tectonics Glasgow.

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Gleneagles Gala Concert

"The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has entered into an exciting new partnership with one of Scotland’s most iconic and prestigious destinations – Gleneagles. The world- renowned Perthshire hotel shares our passion for nurturing and developing artistic talent here in Scotland. The first half of the concert features a…

Fri 17 Mar

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Beethoven's great mass is conducted by John Storgårds and features Neal Davies (bass-baritone), Rachel Willis-Sørensen (soprano), Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor) and the SCO Chorus under the direction of Gregory Batsleer.

Fri 28 Apr

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony No 2

Andrew Manze conducts Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; MacMillan's Concertino for Horn and Strings (SCO Commission: World Premiere) featuring Alec Frank-Gemmill, and Beethoven's Symphony No 2.

Fri 3 Mar

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony No 7

Robin Ticciati conducts the Scottish premiere of Widmann's Con Brio (2013 version); Brahms's Double Concerto, with Christian Tetzlaff (violin) and Tania Tetzlaff (cello); and Beethoven's ever-popular Symphony No 7.

Fri 12 May

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven The 'Eroica'

Escaich's Baroque Song, Haydn's Cello Concerto in D featuring Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Beethoven's epic Symphony No 3 'Eroica'. Alexandre Bloch conducts.

Fri 21 Apr

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mozart Coronation Mass

Richard Egarr conducts Beethoven's 'Coriolan' Overture and Mozart's Symphony No 36 in C ‘Linz’, K425; Overture, The Magic Flute and Mass in C ‘Coronation’, K317 with Andrew Foster-Williams (bass baritone), Daniela Lehner (mezzo soprano), Elizabeth Watts (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor) and the SCO Chorus.

Fri 24 Feb

£15.50–£29.50 (under 26s £6) / 0141 353 8000

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schubert Symphony No 4

Clemens Schuldt conducts Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, the world premiere of Lyell Cresswell's Clarinet Concerto ‘Llanto’ with soloist Maximiliano Martin, and Schubert's Symphony No 4 in C minor ‘Tragic’.

Fri 5 May

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Symphony No 2

The great Philippe Herreweghe conducts Bach's The Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus I & IV; Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 2 in D minor with guest soloist Martin Helmchen, and Schumann's Symphony No 2.

Fri 31 Mar

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schumann Symphony No 3 'Rhenish'

Emmanuel Krivine conducts Schubert's Symphony No 5; Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1 with guest soloist Bertrand Chamayou, and Schumann's Symphony No 3 ‘Rhenish’.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: SCO and The Sixteen Perform MacMillan's Stabat Mater

The SCO and The Sixteen present James MacMillan's Tryst, conducted by the composer, and Stabat Mater, specially composed for the choir and conducted by Harry Christophers.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: The Paris Concert

Laurence Cummings conducts music by, inspired by or at least memorably performed in France's capital city. Rameau, Suite from Les Boréades; Mozart's Symphony No 31 in D ‘Paris’; JC Bach's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat for flute, two clarinets, two horns and bassoon and Haydn's Symphony No 92 in G ‘Oxford’.

Fri 10 Mar

£15.50–£29.50 (under 26s £6) / 0141 353 8000

Tectonics Chamber Concert

Linda Catlin Smith's Ricercar (European premiere) is performed by Allison McGillivray (cello); Catlin Smith's Morandi (European premiere) is performed by Yarn/Wire; also, songs and pieces by James Saunders and Tim Parkinson.

Sun 7 May

Grand Hall

£16 for a day pass (£12) / 0141 353 8000

Part of Tectonics Glasgow.

Yarn/Wire

Highly-admired NYC-based new music ensemble consisting of Ian Antonio (percussion), Laura Barger (piano), Ning Yu (piano) and Russell Greenberg (percussion).

Sat 6 May

Grand Hall

£16 for day pass (£12) / 0141 353 8000

The group performs the European premieres of Andrew McIntosh's Hyenas in the Temples of Pleasure and Thomas Meadowcroft's Walkman Antiquarian. Part of Tectonics Glasgow.

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