THE Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow has unveils its new season.

It features more than than 100 events between January and March.

It includes a opera double bill featuring Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias.

The season also presensts Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who played to an audience of millions at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The former BBC Young Musician of the Year opens the BBC Radio 3 and RCS Cello Festival.

The Into the New strand sees Contemporary Performance Practice students "challenge perceptions, personal and creative boundaries during this striking festival of devised work."

Malcolm Martineau: A Life in Song, will see the celebrated pianist joined by leading performers including tenor Nicky Spence, soprano Sally Matthews and internationally renowned baritone Thomas Oliemans in this series, supported by the Hilary Rosin Coffee Concerts.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “With a new year comes an exciting new season of performance at Scotland’s national conservatoire.

“I look forward to welcoming you to support our emerging professionals as they take to the stage, honing their artistic practice as they prepare to become the next generation of leaders in the performing and production arts.”

PAST and present music students are being offered the chance to appear on stage at a leading Scottish festival.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival is running a scheme with Lews Castle College, in the Outer Hebrides, to provide young talent with an opportunity to perform in front of an international audience.

The competition replaces the Next Steps contest introduced by HebCelt last year to find new acts.

The college, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, is sponsoring the festival’s acoustic stage.

Caroline Maclennan, director of the festival, said: "We already had a very strong partnership with Lews Castle College, but this has been strengthened further with this new competition.

"It will give us a chance to unearth some young rising stars and provide them with a platform to showcase their talent to a large and knowledgeable audience.”

As well as a stage slot, the winning prize also includes £500 to cover expenses and passes for the rest of HebCelt.

The competition is open to any performer or band which includes members who are studying or who have studied on one of the music programmes delivered by Lews Castle College UHI.

The deadline for all submissions is 8 March.

A BOOK of Scottish folk songs first published in 1973 is to be re-published by Harper Collins.

The Little Book of Scottish Folk Songs was first published as The Scottish Folksinger.

It is edited by Norman Buchan and Peter Hall, folk singer and song collector.

The publication is supported by the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) and is a guide to the "very best Scottish folk songs" with melodic line and guitar chords.

The launch of this new Little Book will be celebrated as part of the Celtic Connections Festival at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, on 26 January.