THE Hebrides Ensemble is to tour to Perth, Edinburgh and Greenock with the Irish soprano Ailish Tynan.

The group will perform two concerts on 6 May - a lunchtime concert at Perth Concert Hall and a teatime concert at Greyfriars Kirk.

On 7 May, the Ensemble makes its Greenock debut at Beacon Arts Centre.

The concert in Perth will be live streamed for its international audiences who are unable to attend its concerts in person.

The programme includes works by Rebecca Clarke, Judith Weir, Jean Francaix, Rosalie Burrell and Ravel.

Judith Weir will give a pre-concert talk at the Beacon Arts Centre on Tuesday 7 May in advance of her International Composers’ Seminar on Wednesday 8 May at Edinburgh’s Stockbridge Parish Church.

The Ensemble performs regularly at venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe, and is regularly featured in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

In recent years, the Ensemble has given premieres at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s King’s Place, The Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, and in 2018, made its debut appearance at the BBC Proms.

THE BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has launched its 2019/20 season, which includes world premieres from Enrico Chapela, Roxanna Panufnik, Emma-Ruth Richards and Bent Sørensen, and a UK Premiere from Chaya Czernowin.

The season features an orchestral adaptation of Wagner's The Ring, and a concert dedicated to the music of Heinz Holliger, the Swiss musician and conductor, in tribute to his 80th birthday.

Elsewhere in the season, the orchestra will be conducted by Ilan Volkov for Nono’s Per Bastiana Tai-Yang Cheng for orchestra and electronics.

Guest conductors including Anthony Hermus, Alondra de la Parra, Michael Sanderling, Gergely Madaras, Valentina Peleggi and Mark Wigglesworth.

There will be a tour of Japan, for the first BBC Proms Japan.

A Beethoven symphony cycle will be performed over five evenings to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

Thomas Dausgaard, BBC SSO Chief Conductor said: “I’m really looking forward to the new Season and to sharing our joy in music with people across the country and abroad, live and broadcast. The fearless excellence of the BBC SSO, our beautiful hall and great audience makes for a dynamic and irresistible cocktail.”

The Beethoven symphonies will be performed over five evenings in Glasgow.

THE artist Charles Avery is to present his new show, The Gates of Onomatopoeia, from 27 April to 13 July at a gallery in Edinburgh.

Avery, since 2005, has made art focused on his own fictional island, with sculptures, drawings, texts and other works.

The Gates of Onomatopoeia, at the Ingleby Gallery, includes several new drawings and a large new sculpture.

Tree #6 (The Union Tree) is sited in the centre of the gallery.

It is six meters in height, made of steel, blown glass, 24-volt electrics and an old shoe, and described as "part tree, part street-lamp and part temple."

Avery's installation (Untitled) Dihedra will be presented as part of NOW at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art from 1 June to 22 September.

Charles Avery will also present his work in at the Pera museum as part of the 16th Istanbul Biennial, from the 14 September to the 10 November 2019.

Avery was born in 1973 in Oban.