Performing Arts

K T Tunstall - 6th September, Royal Highland Showground

Utilita: Live From the Drive-In

1 Aug – 6 Sep

A series of drive-in concerts, theatre performances, comedy shows and opera, featuring many household names, is set to take place near urban centres across the UK, including Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre.

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Extract from Skeleton Wumman, written and directed by Gerda Stevenson and performed by Amy Conachan

National Theatre of Scotland: Scenes for Survival

Online theatre

A season of fifty short digital artworks from Scotland’s National Theatre features several of Scotland’s best-known actors working from isolation on new scripts, in support of a hardship fund for the many in the performing arts affected adversely by the Covid crisis.

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llan Volkov, Depeuty Principal Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Brahms – A German Requiem

19, 22 Mar

Note: cancelled due to public health situation. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performs ‘one of the most beautiful, most moving and in its own way most profoundly spiritual choral works of the 19th century’, by Johannes Brahms, alongside avant-garde master Luigi Nono’s visionary orchestral-electronic ‘Per Bastiana Tai-Yang Cheng’.

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BBC SSO Beethoven Roots Festival

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Concerts

May – Jun

Note: check performers’ websites for information re. public health situation. Marking the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, here are some highlights of forthcoming performances in May and June.

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D & G Arts Live, Worn

Arts Live, Dumfries & Galloway


Note: many Arts Live events have been cancelled due to the public health emergency. Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival has announced the launch of its fourth annual Arts Live programme to tour the region.

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SNJO Planet Wave

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Planet Wave

21 – 23 Feb

Tommy Smith’s collaboration with the late Makar Edwin Morgan is revived to mark the poet’s centenary, in an ambitious and expansive work charting the Earth’s voyage, in a synthesis of music, sound, poetry and theatre.

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Scottish Opera - Nixon in China

Scottish Opera: Nixon in China

18 – 29 Feb

Scottish Opera’s production of composer John Adams’ acclaimed take on President Nixon’s memorable 1972 visit to Maoist China will show on selected days in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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Breabach 2018 Pic 1 landscape

Celtic Connections, Glasgow

16 Jan – 2 Feb

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival is expecting 2,100 musicians from around the world to gather in venues around the city for 300 events, spanning 18 days, in a celebration of Celtic music and its global connections.

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