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Conductor Gergley Madaras made his BBC SSO debut with a Hungarian and Russian programme

Music review: BBC SSO

WHEN you are new to an audience, it pays to go with the music closest to your heart. That appeared to be the case on Thursday, when Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras made his BBC SSO debut with a programme that was two parts Hungarian, one part Russian.

Neil McKinven plays retired detective  Rebus in a rather cliched cop show

Theatre review: Rebus – Long Shadows

THERE was high drama on stage at the King’s Theatre on Monday; but sadly, it came from the fact that Charles Lawson – veteran Coronation Street star, now playing the retired John Rebus in this new play by Ian Rankin and Rona Munro – was taken ill at the beginning of the play’s second half, and had to be helped off stage by his fellow actors, after apologising to the audience, and saying that he felt faint.

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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra were in fine fettle

Music review: The SCO and SCO Chorus

The Seasons is often overlooked in favour of Haydn’s earlier oratorio, The Creation. This could be due to part to Baron Gottfried van Swieten’s idiosyncratic libretto. Taking the epic pastoral poem The Seasons by Scot James Thomson, van Swieten transposes the action to Germany, tones down the Scottish dourness and adds some hunting and spinning scenes for good measure. But if you forget about the words there’s an abundance of musical riches here, as demonstrated by Maxim Emelyanychev, the SCO’s principal conductor designate stepping in for an indisposed Bernard Labadie.

Gordon Darroch

Book review: All The Time We Thought We Had, by Gordon Darroch

There has been a great deal of writing about cancer, from those who perished from it, those who survived it, and those who have studied it. From John Diamond’s C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too, to Ruth Picardie’s Before I Say Goodbye, to Jenny Diski’s In Gratitude – or even the remarkable The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor Of All Maladies – cancer, that horrible Hyde to life’s Jekyll, growing and subverting and terrifyingly prevalent, seems to fascinate us.

Carla J Easton

Under the Radar: Carla J Easton

Best known as the frontwoman in TeenCanteen and Ette, Carla J Easton’s new solo album, Impossible Stuff, was released on Friday via Glasgow-based Olive Grove Records – and it’s brilliant.

Matt Cooper

Book review: Michael O’Leary - Turbulent Times For The Man Who Made Ryanair, by Matt Cooper

From suggesting in-flight pornography to dressing up as Batman’s sidekick Robin, outspoken Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has astutely used his media profile to generate publicity and further the growth of his business. But a year ago the airline found itself grabbing headlines in a way it couldn’t control after it cancelled more than 700,000 bookings, prompting the kind of ire that not even its notoriously cheap fares could outweigh. The incident provides a suitable take-off point for Irish journalist Matt Cooper to “lift the veil” on O’Leary in this compelling biography.

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