September 2016  -  Addendum


I suppose I should take it as a compliment that as soon as I have emailed out my monthly selection, my inbox goes mad with messages asking to be included.  So, ever one to be helpful, here goes with a few more for September.


Firstly, and I’m not sure if I should include this as it clashes with September’s opening concert in the musicinverness series (but on Friday 23 September you are all going to come to hear the Ruisi Quartet in Smithton-Culloden Church anyway), the Mahler Players are giving four performances of Mahler’s massive Ninth Symphony in a reduced version by Klaus Simon  all one and a half hours of it (does that sound Irish?)

Ardross Community Hall. Wednesday 21 September at 8.00pm.  Tickets £16 online at or by phone 01349 880591

Nairn Community and Arts Centre.  Friday 23 September at 8.00pm.  Tickets online at or from Leakey’s Bookshop, Church Street, Inverness  IV1 1EY

St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness.  Saturday 24 September at 8.00pm.  Tickets online at or from Leakey’s Bookshop, Church Street, Inverness  IV1 1EY

Perth Concert Hall.  Monday 26 September at 1.00pm.  Tickets online at or by phone on 01738 621031.


Thank you, Georgina Coburn, for telling me about the Inverness Film Fans (InFiFa) screening of the classic Raoul Walsh film, The Thief of Baghdad, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Julanne Johnston.  All 155 minutes of this iconic early silent movie from 1924 will be accompanied by the improvised piano playing of Forrester Pyke.  One performance only at Eden Court Playhouse Cinema at 7.00pm on Tuesday 13 September.  Tickets £10 from Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www,


And finally.  Scottish Opera are hitting the north with their new production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, especially arranged by Derek Clark for a quintet accompaniment with small chorus, and directed by Oliver Platt with designs by Oliver Townsend.  Elixir offers a joyous couple of hours of escape. It is a perfect opera; boisterous, fun-filled and fast-paced, with the ideal mixture of comedy and romance.

There are four mainland performances, all starting at 7.30pm, starting in Elgin Town Hall (01343 562603) on Monday 26 September, followed by the Macphail Centre in Ullapool (01854 613336) on Thursday 29 September.  After a quick cruise to the Outer Hebrides, Elixir will captivate Caithness audiences in Thurso High School (01847 893822) on Tuesday 04 October and then the Highland part of the tour will finish in the Craigmonie Centre within Glenurquhart High School, Drumnadrochit (01456 459224) on Thursday 06 October.

Tickets can be obtained through the Scottish Opera website where you will be redirected to TicketWeb who charge a hefty £2.15 booking fee and try to persuade you to insure against nor being able to attend the performance.  Tickets cost £15 each with a special rate of £5 for Under 26s.


That’s it!