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ARTS NEWS

l Perth Concert Hall has a weekend-long celebration of the music of Gabriel Faure from March 1-3.

The programme of chamber music includes the Minguet Quartet with pianist Roy Howat on Friday evening, pianist Leon McCawley in recital on Saturday at 1pm and Howat teaming up with violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved and cellist Neil Heyde from 2pm. On Saturday from 7.30pm, the National Youth Choir of Scotland under Christopher Bell are at St John's Kirk with a programme that includes Requiem. Sunday sees mezzo Ailish Tynan singing Faure, Duparc and Poulenc with Alisdair Hogarth at the piano and Howat and Emily Kilpartrick playing piano duets. The concluding concert on Sunday is by the Navarra String Quartet and Hogarth with tenor Andrew Kennedy and includes Vaughan-Williams's On Wenlock Edge.

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l Laura Samuel, leader of the BBC SSO (and dispenser of Valentine's kisses – see Kate Moleson's review on this page) will be leading chamber group London Bridge Ensemble at the next concert promoted by Linlithgow Arts Guild on March 1. Samuel is joined by Tom Dunn (viola), Kate Gould (cello), Daniel Tong (piano) and, for this concert, baritone Ivan Ludlow at the Academy Theatre at 7.30pm. The programme is Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor, Schubert's Schwanengesang, Dvorak's Gypsy Songs and the same composer's Piano Quartet No 2 in E Flat Major.

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l Born to be Wide, Edinburgh's salon for musicians and those involved in the music business, hosts a seminar on stage craft at the Electric Circus on March 7. Aimed at everyone working in live music, it will include stage arrangement and how emerging acts can make the best of support slots in larger venues, as well as how to avoid classic mistakes. Panellists are Bruce Craigie, manger of Idlewild and Fatherson, sound engineer Graeme Steel and John-Paul Mason, Electric Circus booker.

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