l The Dunedin Consort is taking its acclaimed and prize-winning approach to Handel's Messiah on the road this year, with four performances of the oratorio during December.

Alto Alexandra Gibson and tenor Nicholas Mulroy are soloists in all performances, joined by bass Robert Davies and soprano Ruby Hughes at Edinburgh Queen's Hall, Perth Concert Hall and Glenrothes Rothes Hall from December 19 to 21. The Glasgow performance, of the original 1742 Dublin score, at Kelvingrove on December 8 has bass Matthew Brook and soprano Julia Doyle.


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l That other great seasonal stalwart, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, is performed by Ludus Baroque in Edinburgh's Queen's Hall on December 14 at 7.15pm. The concert is a step-up for Richard Neville-Towle's group, which won a Bank of Scotland Herald Angel this year for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances at Canongate Kirk, its usual home. With a range of ticket prices from £5 and reserved seating, Neville-Towle also promises an atmospheric and dramatic presentation of the work.


l Robbie Williams, who has just announced an appearance at Hampden Park, Glasgow, in June on the back of his chart-topping Take the Crown album, has added a second date the following day. Tickets for the June 26 show go on sale at 9am this morning.


l The solitary profession of the writer would be denied the thrill of the office party were it not for Weegie Wednesday, Glasgow's literary get-together. A tombola and raffle are promised at the WW Christmas party in the CCA Terrace Bar on December 12 from 7.30pm.