Die Fledermaus gets makeover for capital run

Die Fledermaus gets makeover for capital run

Edinburgh Studio Opera's production of Die Fledermaus, which opened at St Andrew's and St George's West Church in the capital last night, continues its run this week with shows at 7pm tonight, Friday and Saturday.

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Under Thomas Henderson's direction, the Johann Strauss favourite has been updated from 19th century Vienna to closer-to-home Scotland, as the capital's young 'well-to-do' class attend a masked ball held at an exclusive club by the Russian Mr Orlofsky.

William Conway, artistic director of the Hebrides Ensemble and principal cellist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, is the show's musical director.

Tickets, £6-£12, are available from 07543 596155 and www.xtspro.com.

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Esme tribute

raises £3600

The harp concert held in Kinross this month in memory of Esme Macintyre, the 18-year-old clarsach player who died last July after suffering from a brain tumour, has raised £3600 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Eight new tunes were written for Esme, which was part of a wish list that included meeting Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray and singers Emeli Sande and Amy Macdonald.

The tunes were performed at the concert and her family were so pleased with the results they are hoping to release a CD commemorating the event.

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