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NEWS: SUSAN PENHALIGON JOINS THE UK TOUR OF AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP

Television star Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance, Emmerdale) will join the cast of Agatha Christie’s legendary whodunnit as Mrs Boyle at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this month.

Directed by Gareth Armstrong, the timeless thriller will be staged at the city centre venue from Monday 28 October until Saturday 2 November. The Mousetrap returned to the road by popular demand earlier this year and has been earning standout reviews from critics and public alike.  

As the snow storm worsens the inhabitants of Monkswell Manor find themselves cut off from the outside world and we discover there is a murderer in their midst. With a third and final murder anticipated there is a race against time to reveal the secret and discover the identity of the murderer.

Susan Penhaligon (Mrs Boyle) is well-known for her role in the ITV drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire, and for playing Helen Barker in the ITV sitcom A Fine Romance. She also played Jean Hope in UK soap Emmerdale. She has toured the UK extensively with stage productions including The Importance of being Earnest, Cabaret, Rehearsal for Murder, And Then There Were None, The Constant Wife, Verdict and Dangerous Obsessions. Stage credits also include Caste (Finborough Theatre), Murder on Air (Theatre Royal Windsor), Broken Glass (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Compliant Love (Palace Theatre) and The Cherry Orchard (Royal Exchange). Susan has also appeared on film in Top Dog, Citizen Versus Kane, Say that You Love Me, Say Hello to Yesterday and Private Road.

The cast also includes David Alcock (Mr Paravicini), Geoff Arnold (Detective Sgt. Trotter), Nick Biadon (Giles Ralston), Lewis Chandler (Christopher Wren), John Griffiths (Major Metcalf), Harriett Hare (Mollie Ralston) and Saskia Vaigncourt-Strallen (Miss Casewell).

The Mousetrap has been thrilling audiences for 67 years and the identity of the murderer remains theatre-land’s best kept secret.

First seen in Nottingham in 1952 starring Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sim, The Mousetrap went on to become the world’s longest running stage production following its West End transfer to The Ambassadors in 1952 and St Martins in 1973 where it has played ever since, continuing a record-breaking run with over 27,500 performances in London so far. The beloved murder mystery returns to the road following the success of the first ever UK tour in 2012.

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Giffnock Theatre Players present The Matchmaker

Giffnock Theatre Players upcoming production The Matchmaker is coming to Eastwood Park Theatre in just a few weeks.

The Matchmaker is a farce that sees a rich widower, Vandergelder, wanting to re-marry for convenience. His niece wants to marry for true love, but Vandergelder won’t allow it. Vandergelder’s assistant is looking for excitement rather than romance. Along comes The Matchmaker, Dolly, to sort it all out… but whilst pretending to help Vandergelder find a bride, she plans to marry him herself!

In 1964, songs were added to this classic comedy and it was re-named “Hello Dolly!” – “The Matchmaker” has the same plot, characters and laughs as it’s musical counterpart, but now you can see the original Dolly working her magic!

“Loud, slap dash and uproarious … extraordinarily original and funny.” – The New York Times

“One of the sweetest and smartest romantic farces ever written.” – The Wall Street Journal

The Matchmaker runs at Eastwood Park Theatre, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, G46 6UG in Glasgow’s Southside from 16th to 19th October 2019 at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 19th.

Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions available) and may be purchased by phoning 07518 201 756 or 0141 577 4956, or by emailing tickets-gtp@hotmail.co.uk or online at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk/boxoffice (online booking fee applies). Also available at the theatre’s box office.

For further information and for all the latest news from Giffnock Theatre Players, please visit their website at www.giffnocktheatreplayers.com. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/giffnockplayers, or on Twitter at twitter.com/giffnockplayers .

NEWS: Accio tickets! Dead Good October Returns to Eastwood Park for Fourth Year

Dead Good October, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure’s celebration of the spooky season, is returning for its fourth year.

Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock has a series of spine-tingling shows and sessions lined up, with a spooktacular Halloween Party for all the family on Sunday 27 October, Goosebumps 2 on the big screen on Halloween and the smash-hit Spontaneous Potter, an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play.

 

Crime fiction readers are in for a treat, with two authors lined up to share their inspiration. Award-winning journalist and best-selling crime author Anna Smith will be discussing her hugely popular Rosie Gilmour series with crime blogger Sarah Bairden on 9 October at Giffnock Library. Novelist Theresa Talbot will be at Barrhead Foundry on 14 October to talk about her books The Lost Children, Keep Her Silent and latest novel The Quiet Ones.

Anna Smith

Mearns Library is bringing tricks and treats, with two Crime Cafes on the 2 and 30 October, as book lovers are invited to put crime capers under the microscope while the Spooky Stories and Songs event on 28 October will feature crime-related games and virtual reality fun, alongside Halloween tales and traditional songs.

Anthony McReavy from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said:  “Dead Good October celebrates our spookiest season and is getting more popular every year.

“We have a series of thrilling events in the lead up to Halloween, featuring crime cafes and author visits, spooky stories and family films and fun.

“The season culminates in a magical bang as we welcome live comedy theatre show, Spontaneous Potter, to Eastwood Park Theatre.”

So grab your wands, don your house robes and apparate yourselves to the box office (or book online): https://www.ercultureandleisure.org/deadgoodoctober2019.       

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: Lisa Stansfield Comes to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 30th Anniversary Tour

Lisa Stansfield announces a run of dates in October and November 2019 to mark the 30th anniversary release of her debut solo album ‘Affection’.

“At the beginning, there was a little bit of fear about it, but we thought ‘F*ck it, let’s get on with it and see what happens’.”

What happened was a multi-platinum album that, on its release in 1989, went onto sell over 5 million copies worldwide, winning 3 BRIT Awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards, a Silver Clef Award, an ASCAP Award and, overseas, a Billboard Music Award, a World Music Award, and 2 Grammy nominations. Its singles ‘All Around The World’ (which did indeed become massive across the globe), ‘What Did I Do To You’, ‘Live Together’, ‘You Can’t Deny It’ and ‘This Is The Right Time’ exploded onto the airwaves and introduced Lisa and her unique brand of soul, R&B and Brit-house to the masses.

Now, on its 30th anniversary, the album will be celebrated with a tour that will see Lisa and her prodigious band perform the hits and more from ‘Affection’, alongside favourites and classics from Lisa’s seven subsequent solo records.

I feel enormously proud of ‘Affection’. I said it then and I’ll say it now. To have a part of yourself floating around out there for everyone to enjoy and knowing so many people still do enjoy it is a huge compliment. The response it has to this day still inspires me to keep pulling music and emotion from myself and share it with others if they want to share it with me. It feels right to celebrate it. Life is a cycle and music is like that. Right now, in this current climate, ‘Affection’ makes complete sense.” Lisa Stansfield

Mon 28 October 2019        Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Most recently earMUSIC announced the release of the Deluxe edition of Lisa Stansfield’s 2018 album ‘Deeper’. Originally released in April 2018 the record, Lisa’s eighth studio album, was acclaimed on its release and charted at number 15 in the UK Official Album Chart. This deluxe edition includes the original 13 tracks, plus an 80 minute bonus CD including 4 brand new live recordings, remixes of ‘Billionaire’, ‘Deeper’ and ‘Never Ever’ as well as a new version of ‘There Goes My Heart (Again)’ from the 2014 album ‘Seven’. Remixes of ‘Never Ever’ charted as the #1 most added song in the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart.

WHAT’S ON OCTOBER: KELVIN JONES TO SUPPORT KOVIC ON UK TOUR COMING TO THE GARAGE in OCTOBER

Zimbabwean born, UK raised singer-songwriter Kelvin Jones will support pop artist Kovic, on his 2019 October UK tour.

As one of the busiest and most highly sought after live artists, Kelvin’s global success all started with the viral, and certified gold, single ‘Call You Home’. With multiple international syncs (including a CenturyLink commercial aired during the Superbowl and a spot on the UK TV show Cold Feet), he features as the sound of Nescafe Poland (view the commercial HERE) and is also the voice of eBay Germany’s 20th anniversary campaign.

On this tour Kelvin will perform hits from his debut album ‘Stop the Moment’, and will premiere tracks from his upcoming 2020 album, including the huge BBC Introducing championed current single ‘Lights On’. Audiences can expect a show-stopping set as recently seen at Oceanfest.

When asked about touring Kelvin said: “Doing the tour last year and seeing how almost every show was sold out… It’s like this visible sign that I’m on the right track,” he explains. “How the songs translated live was a big factor when I was writing the material for my new album. I wanted the songs to live outside the studio, and for fans to be able to sing along to them.” This year alone, Kelvin has toured as main support with Amy Shark, Nico Santos and Alvaro Soler, as well as his own headline shows, playing to hundreds of thousands of people across Europe.

‘Lights On’ signals Kelvin’s triumphant return, and a deeper exploration of his pop potential. Speaking about what inspired him to write ‘Lights On’, Kelvin says that; “It’s is the reason I make music. The main line; ‘I’m gonna love you with the lights on’ is, about not hiding someone’s past, flaws, or hurts, but seeing them fully and loving them anyway. Without going into detail, I went through several things that left me starving to shout this out to the world. My aim with all my new material is to put something real there, something that people can connect with and be moved by. And the fact that I get a lump in my throat when I sing ‘Lights On’ makes me feel confident that other people will have the same experience”

As is evident, Kelvin’s schedule is moving at breakneck speeds with no sign of slowing leading up to his second album and a full band tour. While his debut album is one that any young artist would be proud of, Kelvin has evidently pushed himself even further with his new music – both vocally and lyrically. “I feel each song on this record will stand out on its own,” he says, “rather than there being a big overarching theme. It’s a snapshot of how I feel now.”

Soulful ballads are just one facet of an album that will showcase Kelvin’s unique understanding of what music fans crave in 2019: songs they can relate to, of course, but also ones that make them forget their troubles. “When I toured last year I realised I had one box ticked, which was that I could see couples holding hands,” Kelvin says, adding with a laugh: “But what I really wanted to do was write a song that made people dance their asses off!”

His second gold single was presented on June 15th 2019 for his number 1 hit “Only Thing We Know” co-written and performed with Alle Farben, and helped bolster his monthly listens on Spotify into the millions, with overall listening figures in the hundreds of millions.

Growing up listening to Oasis, Kelvin developed an ear for massive choruses and big hooks… “songs you can’t help but sing along to”. Years later, he saw Ed Sheeran live and admired the way he got the crowds singing along to every word: “Being able to write songs that people connect with that much, that’s what I wanted to do,” he says.

Kelvin supporting Kovic:

October 12th– The Garage, Glasgow

 

NEWS: SCOTTISH OPERA’S AMADEUS & THE BARD EXPLORES AND CELEBRATES THE WORK OF MOZART AND BURNS

Touring this Autumn is Amadeus & The Bard: 18th Century Cosmic Brothers, a brand new show from Scottish Opera created and directed by Mary McCluskey, former Artistic Director of Scottish Youth Theatre. Amadeus & The Bard celebrates the lives of two much-loved men, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Robert Burns, through storytelling and song, honouring the many and sometimes surprising similarities between them.

Opening on 9 September in Earlston High School, the production tours to schools in Kirkcudbright, Annan, Auchinleck, Ayr, Largs and Paisley, as well as the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and Scottish Opera Production Studios in Glasgow.

Karen MacIver is the Music Director and pianist on this dramatic and emotive show, which features a talented cast including soprano Stephanie Stanway, a Samling Young Artist and Arthur Bruce, The Robertson Trust Scottish Opera Emerging Artist, alongside actor Andy Clark and violinist Shannon Stevenson. They are joined by an ensemble of four singers from Scottish Opera Young Company: Cara Blaikie, Ross Fettes, James McIntyre and Erin Spence.

Set in Poosie Nansie’s Inn, a favourite haunt of Burns, the cast blend traditional folk songs with some of Mozart’s most popular work, from ‘Tam O’Shanter’ and The Magic Flute, to ‘A Red, Red Rose’ and The Marriage of Figaro. Amadeus & The Bard invites audiences to enjoy a night of entertainment in celebration of these two brothers of the Enlightenment.

Director Mary McCluskey said: ‘It is our intention for our merry band of talented performers, singers, actors and musicians to give you an insight into the work of Mozart and Burns. We hope to entertain and inform you, in order that you will leave knowing more than you did when you came along to see the production, and that we will have whetted your appetite for the work of these two talented men.’

Jane Davidson, Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education said: ‘Amadeus & The Bard affords us some fascinating glimpses into the (often parallel) lives of Robert Burns and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; cultural icons of the eighteenth century whose musical and literary ‘voices’ have inspired people through the generations down to the present day. So, the warmest of welcomes is extended to everyone to join our dynamic young company of performers around the fireside in Poosie Nansie’s hostelry for an hour of songs, ensembles, arias and poetry.’

Director/Creator        Mary McCluskey

Music Director          Karen MacIver

Soprano                     Stephanie Stanway

Baritone                     Arthur Bruce*

Storyteller                  Andy Clark

Ensemble                   Cara Blaikie, Ross Fettes, James McIntyre & Erin Spence (Scottish Opera Young Company)

Violin                          Shannon Stevenson

Piano                          Karen MacIver

Performance diary

 

Earlston High School

Mon 9 Sep, 7pm

 

Kirkcudbright Academy

Wed 11 Sep, 7pm

 

Annan Academy

Fri 13 Sep, 7pm

 

Auchinleck Academy

Mon 16 Sep, 7pm

 

Ayr Academy

Wed 18 Sep, 7pm

 

Largs Academy

Thu 19 Sep, 7pm

 

National Museum of Scotland

Sat 28 Sep, 12pm & 3pm

 

Paisley Grammar School

Fri 4 Oct, 7.30pm

 

Scottish Opera Production Studios

Fri 11 Oct, 7.30pm

Sat 12 Oct, 3pm & 7.30pm

 

Tickets are available online now for all venues at www. scottishopera.org.uk/amadeus

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Mozart’s Requiem at City Halls

MOZART’S REQUIEM at CITY HALLS

Friday 11 October 2019 – 7.30pm

MOZART Symphony No 1 in E-flat, K16 (13’)
MOZART Adagio and fugue in C minor, K546 (9’)
MOZART Masonic Funeral Music, K477 (6’)
MOZART Requiem in D minor, K626 (55’)

KLAUS MÄKELÄ – Conductor 
SIMONE KERMES – Soprano
HANNA HIPP – Mezzo Soprano 
MARKUS BRUTSCHER – Tenor
MARKUS SUIHKONEN – Bass

SCO Chorus
Gregory Batsleer – Chorus Director

Here is a portrait of Mozart the genius, boy and man – from a joyous symphony written when he was just eight years old, to the profound Requiem that he left unfinished at his death. Meet him as he measures up to his idol, JS Bach in the Adagio and Fugue, and as a solemn freemason in the Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Music).
This concert is also a chance to meet an extraordinary young talent from Finland: the conductor Klaus Mäkelä. Still in his early 20s, he is already in high demand and has a string of prestigious appointments to his name. Come and hear what all the excitement is about.

CLASSICAL FOCUS – BBC SSO: Afternoon Performance 1 – Schumann Cello Concerto with Johannes Moser

BBC SSO 2019/20: Afternoon Performance 1 – Schumann Cello Concerto

Thursday 10 October 2019, 2.00PM

Tickets – £13.50 in advance (£16.50 on day) 

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Passions ran deep in the Romantic era, and a simple dance rhythm could be enough to set hearts pounding. Weber’s Invitation to the Dance begins with quiet courtesy, but in Berlioz’s silken,
glittering orchestration it positively whirls you off your feet. And Brahms starts his Piano Quartet
with three movements of mellow emotion – before suddenly cutting loose in the wildest, craziest
folk-dance he ever wrote. Schoenberg loved this piece, and his uproariously entertaining orchestral version doesn’t stint on either colour or panache. Hearing is believing: and that goes double when guest conductor Alexander Vedernikov joins the distinguished German cellist Johannes Moser in Schumann’s ardent Cello Concerto.

Weber (orch. Berlioz)
Invitation to the Dance
Schumann
Cello Concerto
Brahms (orch. Schoenberg)
Piano Quartet in G minor

Johannes Moser cello
Alexander Vedernikov conductor

CLASSICAL FOCUS – Delve Deeper – In Focus: The Vienna Connection with Thomas Søndergård RSNO Music Director

Delve Deeper – In Focus: The Vienna Connection

Saturday 5 October 2019, 3.00PM at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Thomas Søndergård RSNO Music Director

Prof Johnny Rodger Glasgow School of Art

Bill Chandler RSNO Director of Concerts and Engagement

Join Thomas Søndergård and guests for a round-table discussion with recordings and live music as they uncover the fascinating context in which the Romantic movement of Beethoven and Goethe reached its pinnacle and gave birth to the modern. In Focus: The Vienna Connection launches our journey through the golden age of this vibrant city with a virtual gallery of works by Gustav Klimt; a tour through the architecture and designs of Otto Wagner; an exploration of the great Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his exhibitions in Vienna; and even an encounter with Sigmund Freud!