Scots listed for Composer Of The Year
Scottish composers James MacMillan and Oliver Searle have been shortlisted for the British Composer Awards, now in its 11th year.
MacMillan's Since It Was The Day Of Preparation for bass, chorus and ensemble was premiered by the Hebrides Ensemble and Synergy Vocals at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh last year.
It is in the choral category and is up against Gabriel Jackson's Choral Symphony and Colloquy With God by the late Richard Rodney Bennett.
Searle's Technophonia was written for new instruments (Brainfingers, Soundbeam and Skoog) designed to be played by disabled musicians and is nominated in the Community or Educational project category.
The winners will be announced on December 3.
Folk duo head for Tolbooth
The Tolbooth in Stirling has an exclusive public Scottish concert with English folk singer-fiddler Eliza Carthy, pictured, and Massachusetts-born folklorist Tim Eriksen on November 2 (their other date is a private event in Edinburgh).
Carthy has enjoyed success for her original songwriting as well as her interpretations of traditional adventure and love ballads, while Eriksen is a musician whose work has given the traditional songs of New England and Southern Appalachia new relevance and resonance to 21st century audiences.
Earlier start for Federation
Glasgow-based funksters Federation Of The Disco Pimp have proved listening is a two-way process by heeding fans requests' for them to play shows with earlier starts.
So, instead of burning the midnight oil and making fans miss the last bus, the Federation will take to the stage at 9pm on their upcoming gigs at Stereo, Glasgow, on November 14 and Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, on November 19.