l The RSNO players have their Santa hats on for two upcoming concerts at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

On Saturday at 1pm and 3pm and in Edinburgh at 3pm on Sunday It's Snowtime! with Children's Classic Concerts. The concerts will include a sneak preview of a new commission from Savourna Stevenson. The Snow Queen suite will be premiered at Christmas 2013, but the marimba feature Reindeer Ride will have its first scoot down the nursery slopes this weekend. Christian Kluxen conducts, and the programme will also include the Scottish premiere of Carter Penn's Slalom and many more seasonal favourites.

www.childrensclassic concerts.co.uk

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l Extrovert, Glasgow-based hard rockers Peepshow have won Marshall Amps' Ultimate Band Contest, beating contenders from Australia and England before a panel of judges that included top producer Steve Levine and representatives from Kerrang! magazine and promoters Live Nation. The band, who formed three years ago, win an appearance at leading UK rock festival Download at Castle Donington next June, as well as a magazine feature in Kerrang! and a Marshall Amps endorsement.