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Cohen picks up the SCO baton from Egarr

Cohen picks up the SCO baton from Egarr

The conductor Jonathan Cohen will replace Richard Egarr in Scottish Chamber Orchestra concerts this week, after Egarr had to withdraw through illness. Cohen will conduct the performances of Bach's Mass in B minor with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra this week in Edinburgh at the Queen's Hall on Thursday and Glasgow City Halls on Friday.

Cohen is considered one of Britain's finest young musicians and brings his expertise in baroque music to these concerts with the SCO. He speaks to Kate Molleson in tomorrow's Herald.

His next appearance in Scotland is with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the RSNO's annual performance of Handel's Messiah on January 2 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

l sco.org.uk

Pressed for time in Uganda

Claudia Zeiske and Jacques Coetzer will talk about their artistic journey through the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda at the Huntly Nordic Outdoor Centre tomorrow at 7pm.

They will talk about the group of African and European artists who walked over six days in the tropical rainforest of the Rwenzori mountains carrying a small printing press as they went. The project was partly inspired by Alexander McKay, from Rhynie near Huntly, who in 1876 went to Uganda carrying round a heavy printing press to disseminate his views of civilization and Christianity.

Ms Zeiske runs Deveron Arts, based in the Aberdeenshire town.

l deveron-arts.com

Date set for culture summit

The Scottish Parliament will once again host an international culture summit during the Edinburgh Festival period. The summit will take place at Holyrood on August 10-12 and is the result of a partnership involving the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government, UK Government, British Council, and Edinburgh International Festival.

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