l IN the same year as Billy Elliott hit our big screens (winning a Herald Angel for director Stephen Daldry at the Edinburgh International Film Festival en route to its box office success) Michael Nunn and William Trevitt founded BalletBoyz as a showcase for their own talent.
Now their company is a platform for the talents of 10 younger men as the all-male company takes to the road with a programme of brand new works. The London critics have been fulsome in their praise of their show, The Talent 2013, and the choreography of Liam Scarlett and Russell Maliphant. It arrives at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre on Monday February 18.
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l NOT content with seducing the populace of China's major conurbations over New Year, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra will be out and about in Stirlingshire at the start of March. In partnership with Stirling Council, the musicians will be presenting various facets of their talents in churches and village halls, including a culinary turn by cellist Kennedy Leitch, who found fame on TV's Masterchef. He teams up with the Phoenix Wind Trio, preparing a meal as they play, in Strathblane and Brig O'Turk. Other highlights of the week include Christian Kluxen conducting Ligeti and Beethoven in Stirling's Albert Halls and Come and Sing event in the Church of the Holy Rude. www.rsno.org.uk
l THE Blue Lamp, Aberdeen, has announced a programme of weekly jazz concerts beginning this Thursday, when trumpeter Damon Brown brings a quintet featuring baritone saxophonist Michael Lutzeier and New York-based drummer Mark Taylor making rare appearance back on home territory. Future Thursday visitors include saxophonists Eric Alexander, Paul Towndrow and Martin Kershaw, singer Cathie Rae and current Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, Peter Johnstone with his trio.