Scots first for ballet contest
FOR the first time in its 82-year history, the Genée International Ballet Competition is being held in Scotland. Young dancers from across the globe are already in Glasgow, preparing to impress the judges: Scottish Ballet artistic director Christopher Hampson, Royal Ballet director Kevin O'Hare and Darcey Bussell - now as celebrated for her panel appearances on Strictly Come Dancing as for her glittering ballerina career. Finals are at the Theatre Royal on Sunday. For the medal winners, a high-ranking place in the Genée almost certainly secures a future place in one of the top ballet companies.
Family fun for Unesco day
SATURDAY is Glasgow Unesco City of Music Family Day, with a Fairytale theme at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the City Halls. Families are encouraged to dress up as fairytale characters for concerts that include The Scottish Chamber Orchestra playing Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, with narration by TV presenter Chris Jarvis, and Owen and Olly, of Children's Classic Concerts, who venture Into the Ice Palace to create a soundscape based on new text to The Snow Queen by playwright Stuart Paterson. The RSNO brings its young person's concert Steve and His Seriously Tall Ladder, and the BBC SSO and Red Note Ensemble will both provide new music at the City Halls. That will also be the venue for Sound Cave, featuring work by composers Oliver Searle, Anna Meredith and Hanna Tuulikki.
RGI deadline is next month
TO update an earlier item on the RGI annual show, which runs between November 10 and December 8 at the McLellan Galleries in Glasgow, the dates to deliver work, if you want to be a contributing artist, are not this week, but on October 22 and 23.
All artists can enter, with all kinds of work, including painting, sculpture and photography. RGI Members can submit for free, and you can enter up to three large works and two small works.