THE FIRST anniversary of the death, at 91, of pianist and teacher Hester Dickson will be marked a week on Saturday by a remarkable line-up of singers assembled at Edinburgh's Queen's Hall by her accompanist son, Malcolm Martineau.

John Mark Ainsley, Ann Murray, Janis Kelly, Nicky Spence, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Jamie MacDougall, Rebecca Evans, Karen Cargill (pictured below), Lorna Anderson, Linda Ormiston, Patricia MacMahon, Warren Gillespie, Katie Bird, Damien Thantrey, Nigel Cliffe and Christopher Nairne are all scheduled to appear, alongside an orchestra led by Ruth Crouch and directed by Tim Dean. The programme will culminate in an ensemble performance of Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music sung by the most star-studded choir Scotland has probably ever seen.

Hester Dickson had a chamber music career with her cellist sister Joan and raised her two sons Adrian and Malcolm before she joined the staff of the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in 1969, retiring in 2014 shortly before she celebrated her 90th birthday.

The concert is in aid of the Breast Cancer Institute administered by Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation and tickets are available from the Queen's Hall box office.

EYEMOUTH Hippodrome stages the final gig of its first full year as a music venue when Sussex-based Americana team the Red Dirt Skinners and local singer-songwriter Andrew Valentine form a double bill on Saturday.

The Berwickshire venue has been presenting touring acts from across the musical spectrum during 2016 and has a programme including guitarists Don Paterson, Eduardo Niebla, John Goldie, Nigel Clark, and Claude Bourbon and folk artists the Outside Track, Siobhan Miller and Boys of the Lough founder Cathal McConnell & Friends lined up when it returns to action in February.

OXFORDSHIRE-based singer, guitarist and songwriter Ags Connolly plays an intimate concert at Celtic Music Radio’s studios in Admiral Street, Glasgow on Thursday, December 8.

Connolly won admirers on both sides of the Atlantic with his 2014 debut album, How About Now, and has been feted by Grammy Award winner Roseanne Cash and leading Nashville songwriter Darrell Scott for a style that has seen him described as “the closest we’ve ever come to an English Willie Nelson”. He’ll be performing songs including When Country Was Proud, which Country Music People magazine cited as one of the Top 50 country songs of the last thirty years, as well as previewing his second album, Nothin’ Unexpected, which is due for release in 2017.