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What’s On? Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet at the Festival Theatre leads the capital’s all-star autumn cast

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WELCOME TO SF EDINBURGH

Editor’s letter

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elcome to the fi rst issue of SF Edinburgh, the little brother of Scotland’s best monthly lifestyle magazine, Scottish Field. We hope that SF Edinburgh encapsulates the best of Scottish Field, but that it also showcases all that is good about our capital city. SF Edinburgh is written by people who live, work and socialise in Edinburgh, and is designed to help our readers enjoy all that the city has to offer. In particular, we have worked hard to put together a ‘What’s On’ diary that will give an easy, at-a-glance rundown of the major cultural and entertainment events in the city over the next three

SF Edinburgh is designed to help our readers enjoy all the city has to offer months, providing recommendations for every week until our next issue comes out in late November. We have trawled through the programmes of every gallery, museum, auctioneer, venue and sports ground in Edinburgh so that you don’t have to. On a personal level, having reviewed a Scottish restaurant every week since 2002, it’s great to have a chance to share that accumulated knowledge. Again, we’d love to hear from you if you have any great recommendations of outstanding places to eat. Above all, though, we hope you enjoy reading SF Edinburgh as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.

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Contents ISSUE #1 Autumn 2015

INSIDE THE MAGAZINE

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Add a touch of class with these silver darlings

Morningside’s bizarre Wild West Street

I want one of those

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A day in the life of... Rickshaw rider Jethro Gauld

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New kids on the block It’s been a busy year for culinary newcomers

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Unbeatable bistros

Fabulous French cuisine that won’t stretch your wallet

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Iconic boozer

Edinburgh’s oldest surviving watering hole turns on the charm

Hidden Edinburgh

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My city garden

A country haven on the edge of Morningside

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.16 Taking Stock Why Stockbridge is one of the city’s most desirable postcodes

Shabby chic

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Joey D lives in a world where high fashion and country living collide

A touch of glamour goes a long way in the New Town

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Street style

Two outfits, bang on trend – so where do you get the look?

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Timeless elegance

Tailored style that’s perfect for town and country

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Modern classics Challenging stereotypes to bring classical music to the masses

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Contents .63

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A septuagenarian who’s a bit of a social climber

Out and about at the hottest opening events

Rock of ages

What’s On? Make the most of all Edinburgh has to offer this autumn with our 30-page guide

City social

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The capital is bucking the trend in house prices

Jenny Brown on why she loves the city

Property

My Edinburgh

EDITOR: Richard Bath CREATIVE EDITOR: Heddy Forrest SENIOR DESIGNER: Mark Duncan PHOTOGRAPHER: Angus Blackburn STAFF WRITERS: Kirsty Smyth, Morag Bootland, Susan Windram SALES DIRECTOR: Brian Cameron SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER: Janice Johnston ADVERTISING SALES: Kevin Smith SALES & MARKETING ASSISTANT: Mikaela MacKinnon Published by Wyvex Media Ltd. While SF Edinburgh is prepared to consider unsolicited articles, transparencies and artwork, it only accepts such material on the strict understanding that it incurs no liability for its safe custody or return. The views and opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of Wyvex Media Ltd.

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SCOTTISH OPERA

Modern classics Scottish Opera is challenging stereotypes WORDS BY KIRS TY S MYTH

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legantly dressed in a floorlength red gown on the arm of Richard Gere, Julia Roberts’ character’s first foray into the world of opera is one of the iconic scenes of 1990s hit film Pretty Woman. Roberts, who plays a hooker taken to the opera by a wealthy client, sits spellbound as the art unfurls before her. Kitted out in her finery, she fits right in… until she utters the immortal words, ‘It was so good I almost peed my pants’. This Cinderella-style Hollywood scenario is generally a far cry from reality, but it does effectively show that appreciation for the art form can bridge the demographic and social sectors with which it is typically associated – a notion that Scottish Opera has been addressing since its inception 53 years ago.

Caitlin Hulcup and Lucy Hall in Scottish Opera’s production of Orfeo ed Euridice 2015. Photo by KK Dundas.

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‘Scottish Opera was founded in Glasgow and there’s no way you can argue that Glasgow is a stratified city,’ says general director Alex Reedijk. ‘The company could not have been sustained if it wasn’t an art form that everybody wanted to come and join in.’ Scottish Opera works hard to bring opera to the masses, from its wide-ranging ticket prices to work in schools and performances in far flung communities, as well as the major cities. The 2015/16 season promises something for everyone, with seven powerful operas featuring drama, romance, fairy-tale and comedy, starting with Bizet’s Carmen, which opens at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre in November. Today, under-26s make up a tenth of Scottish Opera’s audience thanks to the success of the £10 tickets for the age group, with most embracing the traditions of a night at the opera. ‘The number of young people who

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Clockwise from above: Carmen performed at a Pop-up Opera Roadshow; Alex Reedijk, general director of Scottish Opera; Carmen poster; Justina Gringyte sings Carmen; KidO; Il Trovatore.

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Everyone is after an authentic experience and we don’t ‘dumb down’ what we do in any way constitute the best dressed of our audience is fantastic,’ Reedijk says. Conservative critics have often frowned on attempts to popularise the genre, but the national company is unapologetic in its insistence that opera is for everyone. ‘Everyone is after an authentic experience and we don’t dumb down what we do in any way,’ insists Reedijk. ‘It doesn’t matter what age you are, you’re coming to an authentic opera performance.’

Authenticity, of course, is an objective term, with modern reworks of the classics often proving controversial. Renowned baritone Sir Thomas Allen is among those to have spoken out against straying from original stagings, but with Scottish Opera’s forthcoming tour of Mozart’s Così fan tutte set to transport the action from the 18th century to 1950s Italy this autumn, and a successful modernised production of Donizett’s 1843 comedy Don Pasquale

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last year, which switched the action to 1960s Rome, Reedijk insists that staying true to the story and music is what makes productions authentic, not the set. ‘You have to remember that there’s a whole group of centuries over which this art form has changed and developed,’ he says. ‘We don’t mind whether a production is authentic to the time it was written, or whether it’s set in 1940 or 2002. What we

It has a kind of narrative truth look for is that the angle that the director has taken is authentic to the music and the story; that whatever the framework it has a kind of narrative truth. ‘For me it comes down to fantastic music making and really terrific storytelling, and if you get that right you can never be dumbing it down.’

Reaching out Scottish Opera is home to the longeststanding education department of any European Opera, with 40 years of work in schools around the nation. The primary schools tour involves more than 10,000 children each year and has visited 58 schools in Edinburgh over the last six years. It sees P5 children practise and perform a mini opera alongside some of the company’s stars. One of the company’s biggest exports has been its BabyO, SensoryO and KidO shows, specially composed for children from six months to four years, which have been popular in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Canada.

Azucena and chorus members in Il trovatore.

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Taking stock Rated by The Times as the third coolest postcode in the UK, Stockbridge has inspired hosts of artists and writers, and was home to the real-life Madame Doubtfire W O RDS BY KI RS T Y S MYTH I L LUS T RAT I O N BY AL ISON HOGG

Circus Lane is one of the prettiest mews lanes in Edinburgh.

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Clockwise from top left: The mews properties in Circus Lane are much sought after; the former bank on Deanhaugh Street is now a Pizza Express; Stockbridge Market arch – the market remains an ongoing Sunday event; A view over the Water of Leith with St Bernard’s Well, 1790, by Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams.

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t first glance it’s not difficult to see why Stockbridge has inspired a host of artists and writers over the years, with its Bohemian vibe and village feel drawing creatives and fashionistas from far and wide. But it wasn’t so much inspiration as desperation that prompted internationally-acclaimed author and former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine to embark on a writing career. An avid reader, it never occurred to her to pick up a pen herself – until the people and elements of Stockbridge combined and forced her hand in a

The people and elements of Stockbridge combined to force Anne Fine to pick up a pen 1970s scenario that Fine admits ‘sounds very JK Rowling-ish’. Fine had bought a flat in Dundas Street with her husband in 1971. With a young baby to look after and money scarce, she spent a lot of time in Stockbridge library or holed up in her flat with a book. ‘The day I started to write my first book there was a blizzard 18 |

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A history of Stockbridge The name comes from the Scots, which meant a timber footbridge and referred to the original structure that crossed the Water of Leith. The current stone bridge was built in 1801 by painter Henry Raeburn, who joined his Deanhaugh and St Bernard’s estates on opposite sides of the river with the help of architect James Milne. Milne was also responsible for St Bernard’s Church in Saxe Coburg Street and Ann Street, designed by Raeburn and named after his wife. The Colonies between Glenogle Road (pictured below) and the Water of Leith were built between 1861 and 1911 to provide affordable housing for artists and are coveted properties today.

LEFT: COURTESY OF CHRIS DOUGLAS

The arched entrance to the old Stockbridge Market is a relic of a past age, but the market remains an ongoing Sunday event. The nearby Water of Leith footpath passes the ornate St Bernard’s Well, built in 1760, which was said to hold water of high medicinal quality.

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Royal Circus, which was designed by William H. Playfair in 1820, is one of Edinburgh’s most revered crescents.

First rugby international, 1871 On 27 March 1871, 4,000 people donned their overcoats, pocketed a shilling for the gate and headed to Stockbridge to watch Scotland take on England in the first international rugby match ever staged. The historic event at Raeburn Place was the result of a challenge issued in Bell’s Weekly, signed by the captains of five Scottish clubs, inviting any team ‘selected from the whole of England’ to a 20-a-side game to be played under Rugby rules. Blackheath, one of London’s oldest clubs, accepted the challenge and the game was eagerly anticipated. Wearing blue shirts, white cricket flannels and spurred on by the thousands-strong support, Scotland ran out victorious by virtue of the only goal of the match – Royal High School FP Angus Buchanan scoring the try, converted by William Cross.

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and there were strikes, so the pavements were not gritted,’ she explains. ‘It meant I couldn’t take the pram to the library. I was so bored with nothing to read that I sat down and started to write a book.

The pavements hadn’t been gritted and I couldn’t get to the library with the pram. Until that day I was happy as a reader Up until that day I was perfectly happy as a reader!’ The Summer House Loon went on to be a runner-up in The Guardian’s Kestrel Competition and led to Fine being taken on by one of the best children’s book agents in the business. But Stockbridge’s part in shaping the career of one of Britain’s most celebrated authors didn’t end there. In 1987 Madame Doubtfire, Fine’s powerful story about a family with divorced parents, hit the shelves. The book was a huge success in its own right, but the Doubtfire name was destined to reach a whole new audience when Hollywood bought up the film rights and made the renowned 1993 box office smash hit Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams as the cross-dressing nanny. Much loved as the character was, Williams’ Mrs Doubtfire bore little resemblance to the character in Fine’s book, and even less to the real Madame Doubtfire, who had presided over a second-hand dress shop in South East Circus Place, Stockbridge, for the best part of 60 years. The writer encountered SF EDINBURGH

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The real Madame Doubtfire presided over a second-hand shop in South East Circus Place the shop’s proprietor many times during her regular walk into Stockbridge, which took her past the basement store. The words ‘Madame Doubtfire’ were emblazoned in peeling paint around the window and the lady herself could often be seen sitting outside the shop clad in a fur coat and smoking a pipe. ‘She was certainly well past the first bloom of youth and she did look quite weird,’ recalls Fine, who would occasionally descend the steps to root through dresses, curtains and tablecloths. ‘I must say I did tend not to buy things there as there was an aroma of cats about the place that could not be washed out.’ However, the name was something that she did take away with her. Years later it surfaced from her subconscious to settle in her latest novel. When it

was published in ’85 Fine tried to track down the real Madame Doubtfire, but she had died a few years earlier. Today the shop is home to the Doubtfire Gallery, so named in a nod to its former resident. Until the 1980s, stores such as Madame Doubtfire’s were known simply as second-hand shops. Today, they would probably be given a frontage along the lines of ‘vintage emporium’, with Stockbridge remaining a popular destination for those looking for something a little bit different. Charity shops here have breathed life into their front windows with a chic and stylish edge alluding to the hidden gems that can be found inside. It was a trend that was just beginning during Fine’s two decades in the area. ‘St Stephen Street was quite exciting in a funny way – there was quite a lot going on there, but the trendiness kind of ended at the end of the street.’ She remembers Cinderella Rockafellas, a club at the bottom of St Vincent Street, a few ‘trendy shops’, Bells

Robin Williams’ Mrs Doubtfire in the 1993 hit film bore little resemblance to the real Madame Doubtfire, who ran a second-hand dress shop on South East Circus Place, which is now a gallery.

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STOCKBRIDGE Clockwise from left: Stockbridge is home to a vibrant community; St Stephen’s Church; Bell’s Diner in St Stephen Street is a firm favourite, serving gourmet burgers, steaks and shakes; The Edinburgh Academy, pictured in 1829.

Diner (which is still there) and a ‘very classy’ second-hand curtain shop. The bustling area still has a quirkiness and a strong sense of community that has remained intact over the years, keeping small businesses afloat and attracting new ones. It is an attractive and popular place to live, shop and socialise, but Stockbridge hasn’t always been populated by the middle class. A hundred years ago, in the heart of Stockbridge’s most densely populated housing area, working-class families were crammed into tenements, sometimes 10 to a room. India Place once had a fearsome reputation and generations of Stockbridge children were warned not to enter the street. Remembering the area in the early 20th-century for Rosemary J. Pipes’ 1993 book Stockbridge In Living Memory, a former resident recalled, ‘we didn’t go into there (India Place) much because I suppose we were frightened. Jamaica Street was the same kind of place, they were rough sort of people, but I suppose if you knew them they were alright’. Another resident, born at number 50 India Place in 1925, said that two families in particular ‘were always fighting on a Saturday night. The whole problem with places like India Place was that the houses had all been split, as many Edinburgh tenements were. You’d maybe get three, four families in a lobby. It was a very hard life.’ SF EDINBURGH

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Dora Noyce Stockbridge has been home to many colourful characters over the years, none more so than the nation’s bestknown madam, Dora Noyce. Born Georgie Hunter Rae in 1900, Noyce grew up on Edinburgh’s Rose Street. As she approached adulthood she began to work as a call girl, adopting a ‘Morningside’ accent to draw a higher class of clientele. Shortly after the Second World War she bought a large Georgian townhouse at 17 Danube Street and set up her ‘house of leisure and pleasure’. Word of the venture spread far beyond Stockbridge and business quickly boomed. Noyce employed up to 15 girls at any one time, with others drafted in at busy times. The den of iniquity operated for more than 30 years under the live-in eye of the ‘respectable’ madam who dressed like old money in twinsets and pearls, and displayed ‘Conservatives’ posters in the establishment’s windows. She was charged 47 times for living off immoral earnings and spent time at Her Majesty’s pleasure, latterly serving four months at the age of 71. She died in 1977 at the age of 76.

The water in St Bernard’s Well is said to have a medicinal quality.

A hundred years ago workingclass families were crammed into tenements, sometimes 10 to a room Despite this, many former residents had fond memories of these streets, citing a strong community spirit. The housing in India Place was in such poor condition that it was demolished as part of the slum clearances in the late Sixties and early Seventies; today only the name remains. Large parts of Saunders Street, Mackenzie Place, Kerr Street, Bedford Street and Court, and parts of Cheyne Street were also demolished. Around 800 people were moved out. Stockbridge began to change in the mid-Seventies as council grants to improve property became available. Houses in the area were bought up by professionals taking the opportunity to own a little piece of the city. Today its vibrancy, location and village feel attracts many, with house prices among the highest in the city. Houses range in style from the classically elegant in Ann Street and its neighbouring terraces to basements, villas, apartments and the cottage-style Colonies. An equally diverse population now calls Stockbridge home, from the old to the young, the trendy to the traditional. Stockbridge has something for everyone. SF EDINBURGH

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NEW RESTAURANTS

New kids on the block Richard Bath reviews some of the Edinburgh restaurants that opened in 2015, a surprisingly busy year for culinary newcomers to the capital Additional reporting by Mark Duncan & Stuart MacDonald

La Petit Mort

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32 Valleyfield Street, Old Town

60 Henderson Street, Leith

Located right next to the King’s Theatre, this small, intimate French restaurant and cocktail bar was once the back room of Bennets Bar and is now garnering rave reviews for its inexpensive, classic French cuisine. The pulled pork and confit duck have had many mentions in dispatches, as have the puddings and Sunday brunch. SMcD

Blimey, that Hardeep Singh Kohli off the telly is more than just a geezer with good patter – he’s a regular gastronome too. The Glaswegian celebrity’s curry ‘n’ craft beer gastropub is aimed at thirtysomething hipsters but is endearingly lively and frenetic, with an entertainingly puntastic menu (‘bubble and Sikh’ anyone?). Worth trying.

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The Table 3a Dundas Street, New Town

Get in quick before every foodie in town beats you to this remarkable new venture from chef-patron Sean Clark. Recently returned after many years working in Rome and London with luminaries such as Adriano Cavagnini and Gordon Ramsay, Clark was determined to bring something unique to his home town and he has certainly done that. This is communal dining on the posh – each evening at 7pm, Clark serves up a seven-course tasting menu to the ten lucky diners sitting behind the marble counter in this tiny eatery. There’s no choice and everyone gets served at once, but then the food is exquisite, meshing all that Clark loves about the Italian and Scottish food traditions. Best of all, however, is the fact that this most gregarious and engaging of chefs works right in front of you, entertaining the diners with anecdotes and explaining each dish in as much detail as you like as he conjures it before your eyes. With a deep well of knowledge, Clark educates as well as entertains, with his sous chef, brother Keith, acting as a cheery counterfoil. The food is memorable – the beef tartare with toasted hazelnuts and peas, caramel powder, and milk sorbet with honeycomb were all standouts – but what really shines through is Clark’s love for his craft, his city and his customers. Although the idea of communal eating sounds dire, it works a treat. As they are not open for lunch and there is only one evening sitting, Clark encourages customers to linger as long as they like, so the whole experience is gloriously interactive yet sublimely relaxed. They don’t have a licence, but there’s no corkage charge. The £60 set menu is steep, but worth it. 0131 281 1689 | www.thetableedinburgh.com

Anfora

Sligh House

87a Giles Street, Leith

George IV Bridge, Old Town

This excellent new restaurant and bar under Leith’s Malt Whisky Society in the oldest commercial space in Edinburgh, serves contemporary Scottish cuisine with an Italian twist. The sea bream tartare and parsnip velouté starters were magnificent, so too pan-fried hake and roe venison mains. Fantastic (but toppy) wine list.

A slick, contemporary cocktail bar with a restaurant attached, the essence of this James Hutton-themed establishment (he’s the father of geology, go figure) is tasting platters and supersized tapas ‘designed with social eating in mind’ that’s all the rage these days. It’s a bit contrived and self-conscious but much better than it sounds. SMcD

0131 553 6914 www.anforawinebar.co.uk

0131 225 6936 www.slighhouse.com

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The Riparian Rooms 7-11 East London Street, New Town This relaxed and welcoming new restaurant has something for everyone, from kids to fine diners and even gastropub lovers. Ranging in price from sensible to eye-watering, its atmosphere and service have been widely lauded but the food has received some mixed reviews. SMcD 0131 556 6102 www.theriparianrooms.co.uk

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The Mumbai Mansion

184-186 Cowgate, Old Town

250 Morrison Street, Haymarket

Going to review an Indian restaurant often invokes the sort of gastronomic ennui that only the prospect of an evening of pakora, chicken korma and lager can induce. If I’m honest, we approached The Mumbai Mansion with a heavy heart – the place has been extensively renovated, but we still expected a curry house, no matter how pristine and upmarket. What we found, however, was a world away from the identikit, drink-all-you-like biryani emporiums that have sullied the good name of Indian cuisine. Here, instead, was a pukka restaurant that served dishes worth travelling for; a place that has aspirations to be different and better. The driving force behind this impressive new arrival is hyperactive young manager Merwyn Pereira, who cut his teeth working in Goa’s best five-star hotels and who has built his team around head chef Pramod Nawani and patisserie chef Rawat Dev Singh. Goan cuisine is dominated by the sea so Pereira has replicated that to wonderful effect, with a menu that includes the usual suspects but which is led off by a roster of dishes that use Scottish seafood with Indian flourishes. Whether it’s the starter of monkfish tikka, Mumbai-style sea bass, scallops and mussels in nilghiri sauce or smoked hake with a tamarind gravy, the fish is perfectly done. The rest of the bespoke dishes, such as venison in honey and pineapple, or roasted duck in a sigri sauce, aren’t too shabby either. But possibly the biggest surprise is the puddings, with the mango tasting platter a palate-teasing delight. 0131 229 7173 | www.themumbaimansion.com 30 |

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Wood-fired grills, a vast beer selection, a meat-focused menu – what more could anyone ask for? This contemporary restaurant in the heart of the Cowgate is industrial and sleek in appearance and the food does not disappoint. Steaks are cooked to perfection and it’s worth a visit for the house fries alone. MD 0131 226 1645 www.ox184.co.uk

No.8 Lister Square Simpson Loan, Quartermile This modern gastropub has live music most nights of the week and at the weekend attracts a lively twenty- and thirtysomething crowd, but also boasts a menu stuffed with comfort food options. The wine is reasonably priced and there’s also a good range of beers. SMcD 0131 229 4634 www.no8listersquare.co.uk

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SIX OF THE BEST

Unbeatable bistros Editor Richard Bath recommends six sublimely relaxed French dining options that will give your tastebuds a rare treat while sparing your wallet

Bia Bistrot I once made the mistake of going to this wonderful Morningside institution with a vegetarian who had vegan leanings and was not impressed by the lack of green stuff, or by the sight of me gorging on roasted bone marrow and venison carpaccio. While she never went again, I have revisited Bia Bistrot on several occasions and I’m not alone – this popular restaurant at Holy Corner is in the Michelin Guide for many reasons, including the fact that it’s outstanding value.

19 Colinton Road | 0131 452 8453 | www.biabistrot.co.uk

Petit Paris With its checked tablecloths and general Gallic schtick, this highly stylised Grassmarket bistro may look like a tourist trap but is actually a fair approximation of a decent local restaurant in small town France. It churns out good, consistent French staples such as onion soup, boudin noir and grilled Toulouse sausages, and boasts marvellously fluffy baguettes. The house wine starts at £19, which is a bit toppy, so consider BYOB (the corkage is £3.90). Pudding is also very good.

Bistro Provence Living in Leith, I thought all my Christmases had come at once when Bistro Provence opened and I was right – it’s as fantastic as its AA rosette and recommendation in the current Michelin Guide would suggest. Try the l’estouffade of beef cheek or confit pork belly as part of the £26.50 three-course evening menu, or if you’re after a treat, the £36 four-course menu degustation is a thing of joy. If full, try the nearby Café Tartine or Bijou Bistro on Leith Links.

40 Grassmarket | 0131 226 2442 www.petitparis-restaurant.co.uk

88 Commercial St. | 0131 344 4295 | www.bistroprovence.co.uk

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Café Marlayne Marcelline Levicky’s refreshingly unpretentious little restaurant on Thistle Street (rather than the new, brasher big brother on Antigua Street) has an undefinable cosiness and elegance plus a rarely-changing menu which, in countless visits, has only ever once disappointed. Exceptionally good value and very popular, this city centre bistro isn’t stereotypically French and throws in culinary references from all over Europe. Incredibly popular, it’s a bit of squeeze, but once you’ve shoehorned yourself into your chair you’ll want to linger for as long as possible.

56 Broughton St. | 0131 557 1600 www.lescargotbleu.co.uk

L’escargot Bleu Jings, crivens and help ma’ boab, but I love Fred Berkmiller’s unrepentantly Gallic gastronomic palace on Broughton Street. With snails, steak tartare, horse steak, coq au vin and tarte tatin usually to be found on an otherwise constantly changing menu, and vintage French posters lining the walls, L’Escargot Bleu (and its West End sister restaurant L’Escargot Blanc) couldn’t possibly be any more authentic. The two-course set lunches are particularly good value at £12.90. I get withdrawal symptoms if I don’t get in here at least once a month.

76 Thistle Street | 0131 226 2230 | www.cafemarlayne.com

La P’tite Folie I thought long and hard about my final choice, with the saintly Virginie Brouard’s little restaurant edging just in front of Chez Jules, the New Town bistro run by veteran restaurateur Pierre Levicky. There are two main reasons why this first-floor restaurant, which is a favourite with West End businessmen, gets my vote: the wonderfully light, woodpanelled room makes for a hugely convivial experience, while Brouard’s magnificent wine bar Le Di-Vin downstairs provides a marvellous way to lose an hour or three. It also serves some of Edinburgh’s best steak frites. 9 Randolph Place | 0131 225 8678 | www.laptitefolie.co.uk

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ICONIC BOOZER

Iconic boozer THE SHEEP HEID INN, 43-45 The Causeway, Duddingston A beautifully restored village pub and restaurant, The Sheep Heid Inn is believed to be Edinburgh’s oldest surviving watering hole and a firm favourite among past monarchs and poets. It exudes charm and character from every nook and cranny. www.thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk

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Tempt your taste buds and visit Patisserie Valerie. Our cafes offer a range of lovingly handcrafted cakes, coffee and a delicious summer menu. Our stores also take orders for celebration cakes, so whether you're after the perfect wedding cake or a beautiful birthday cake come in store and order one today. If you would like to visit one of our cafes, we have several in the city centre: one along North Bridge, the next is on George IV Bridge and another is located on Rose Street. We also have a cafŽ in Fort Kinnaird retail park. The first Patisserie Valerie opened back in 1926 by Madame Valerie. Over the years the sumptuous cafe has grown to bring fine continental patisserie to all corners of the United Kingdom, for everyone to enjoy.

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Hidden Edinburgh Morningside’s Wild West is a bizarre street which adds quirky character to the capital

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With the Georgian New Town lying next to the medieval Old Town, Edinburgh is a city of juxtaposition. But stepping from the genteel streets of Morningside into the Wild West is perhaps the quirkiest contrast of all. Tucked away in a sidestreet off Springvalley Gardens, El Paso, a largely abandoned timber-clad street complete with saloon, jail and stables, was built in the mid 1990s to advertise a business specialising in southwestern-style furniture.

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GLAMOUR REMODEL

Sally Homan has transformed a once drab apartment in Edinburgh’s New Town into a haven of glamour and sophistication W ORDS BY KIRSTY SMYTH PHOTOGRA PHED BY SUZA NNE BLA C K PHOTOGR AP H Y

The decor was inspired by Homan’s love of travelling.

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his two-bedroomed lower ground floor apartment in Edinburgh’s New Town had been on the market for a year before designer Sally Homan viewed it and recognised its potential. ‘It was quite run down and the layout wasn’t very good,’ says Homan, design director at Robertson Lindsay Interiors. ‘There was a huge hall but a tiny kitchen and bathroom. But there was lots of light at the back and the road is really quiet. I could see why other people hadn’t gone for it but I knew I could do structural alterations to make it work.’ The first stage in the design process was drawing the apartment out in 3D. ‘I find doing that and seeing where the walls will be is really useful because it enables you to work out where the furniture will go, and from that you know where to have the sockets and lights,’ she explains. ‘With my clients, I like to put their personality into their homes, so all my jobs are different. I like to travel, so I took inspiration from that when doing my own home. There’s a blend of French and Eastern influences and I sourced items from all over – there’s French and American and Asian things in there. ‘Some of the rooms are tiny so I felt that I should really go for it. Because it’s lower ground it doesn’t have some of the really nice features such as the cornices, so I needed to make the décor work a bit harder. I wanted to make it feel like a real home as well as being quite glamorous.’

I like to put my clients’ personalities into their homes, so all my jobs are different

Clockwise from above: The kitchen was doubled in size, allowing room for a table; the tiny guest bedroom now feels cosy and intimate; black gloss was used to stunning effect in the dining room; the bathroom has been transformed from drab beige to art deco glam; designer Sally Homan instantly recognised the potential of the lower ground floor space.

Robertson Lindsay Interiors | Tel: 0131 629 1661 | sally@robertson-lindsay.com | www.robertson-lindsay.com

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My city garden Sitting on one of Edinburgh’s main bus routes, Jerry and Christine Gregson’s home in Morningside is very much a city house. But go round to the back garden and you could be anywhere. Having bought the house 13 years ago, the Gregsons have transformed the once run down space into a colourful haven. ‘We just took on the challenge of turning it around and doing something interesting on steeply terraced ground,’ Christine says. One of the highlights is a steeply sloped gravel area bursting with colour from azaleas, rhododendrons and geraniums, while pink dierama bends over a water feature. Part of the Scotland’s Gardens charity scheme, it can be visited by appointment. Visit www. scotlandsgardens.org for details.

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FASHION ICON

Shabby chic Loved for his unique style of vintage fashion, Joey D is abandoning the catwalk for game fairs and horse trials WORDS BY M ORAG B O OT L AN D

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rom the catwalks of NYC to the muddy fields of Scotland’s game fairs may be a leap too far for your average fashion designer, but then Joey D has never exactly been Mr Average. His shop and workshop on Broughton Street is an Aladdin’s cave of upcycled and vintage clothing, bags and furniture that have become cult classics amongst Edinburgh’s bright young things. His designs are a collage of tweed, tartan, leather, horseshoes and used cartridge shells – it’s country style, but not as we know it. Sitting in a chair embellished with his trademark cartridge cases and upholstered in myriad fabrics, Joey explains why creating furniture has moved up his agenda. ‘It’s mad, but the people who used to wear my clothes are getting older and their houses are getting bigger, so now they want one of my chairs.’

I’ve dressed celebrities but now I’m more into horse trials and game fairs The self-taught designer once drove tractors and ploughed fields, but came to Edinburgh in 1998 after a psychic told him he belonged here. He lived out of the back of a van with a gas stove and little else. ‘I couldn’t have done this anywhere else but Scotland,’ he said. ‘I’ve dressed celebrities like Will Young and done shows in Japan and America, but I’m a country boy at heart so now I’m more into horse trials and game fairs.’

54 Broughton Street | 0131 557 6672 | www.joey-d.co.uk

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JOEY D

Joey D designs became the must-have for in-the-know Edinburghers, and now he’s moved onto furniture.

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Edinburgh’s FAMOUS fossil shop

Lily Luna is a true treasure trove for jewellery lovers, full of stunning unusual pieces, carefully sourced from independent designers. Every collection offers eclectic style and different price points, but always with the same level of quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Lily Luna Edinburgh Jewellery Boutique 43 William Street EH3 7LW www.lilyluna.co.uk

Tel: 0131 220 1344 www.mrwoodsfossils.co.uk

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FASHION

Street style Two outfits, both bang on trend – so where did they get that look...?

AILSA, 16, STUDENT Jacket: Peacocks Skirt: Joey D Bag: Ruth Barclay Boots: George at ASDA

LYNDSAY, 36, FINANCE DIRECTOR Jacket: Barbour Bag: Dubarry Scarf: A street market in Prague Jeans: J by Jasper Conran Shoes: New Look

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FASHION

She wears Cleo Coat in Charcoal Harris Tweed Herringbone £265; He wears Nathan Towncoat in Harris Tweed Herringbone £375, Moleskin Waistcoat £75, Harry Shirt £54 and Knitted Tie £35

Timeless elegance Walker Slater’s tweed collection offers tailored style that is perfect for town and country

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Marcus Jumper £78 and James Jacket Herringbone £265.

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FASHION

Edward Suit Borders Tweed Jacket £285, Waistcoat £95, Trousers £110, Sebastian Formal Shirt £72 and Silk Tie £45.

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WALKER SLATER

Edward Suit in Charcoal, jacket £265, Waistcoat £85 and Trousers £85, Sebastian Formal Shirt £72 and Silk Tie £45.

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WE ALL LOVE HEROES so who’s yours?

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WALKER SLATER

Gordina Cape in Charcoal Herringbone £225

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City brands #1

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#1 Dunmore Scotland creates luxury handbags, luggage and accessories, producing small numbers of each design. Bespoke options available. Designed and handmade in Scotland. Tel: 01968 660078 www.dunmorescotland.com

#2 This beautiful Lagoon Ras de Cou Épineux choker necklace, £72, is just one of many French designer jewellery items, handmade in Paris and available at Lily Luna, 43 William Street, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 467 8245 www.lilyluna.co.uk

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#3 Country Sofas will hand-build the sofa you have always desired. Total flexibility around styles, sizes, fabrics and accessories ensures character and comfort built around you. Tel: 01796 474433 www.countrysofas.co.uk

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CITY BRANDS

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#4 Discover Edinburgh’s best-kept secret – visit The Queen’s former floating palace and receive a free annual pass for a year’s free entry, plus 15 per cent off in the Royal Deck Tea Room and Gift Shop. Tel: 0131 555 5566 www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk #5 Why pay more for your dream watch? The Edinburgh Watch Company specialises in unworn, preowned luxury watches at a fraction of their original cost. Pictured is a Rolex Yacht-Master, £6,595 at Edinburgh Watch Company. Tel: 07765 896896 www.edinburghwatchcompany.co.uk

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#6 Find a stunning range of handbags and shoes, unique accessories and statement jewellery at Lilies & Dreams. This Stockbridge boutique houses all those essential treasures that make life so much more fabulous. Tel: 0131 629 0750 www.liliesanddreams.com

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#7 With stores on Broughton Street and Brougham Street, Real Foods has been selling natural, organic, vegetarian, vegan, free-from and Fairtrade foods in Edinburgh and worldwide for more than 40 years. Tel: 0131 557 1911 www.realfoods.co.uk

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ACTIVITIES TO TRY

Rock of ages It can be easy to miss what’s right under your nose, but there really is an activity for everyone in Edinburgh. From blending your own gin to duelling at dawn, there’s a whole host of activities just waiting to be tried – and they don’t just cater for the usual suspects. Alien Rock indoor climbing centre in Newhaven serves up fun for climbers of all ages and abilities. ‘I’ve been climbing for more years than I can comfortably remember,’ says 76-year-old John Littlewood, a regular at the centre. ‘Outdoor climbing dwindled due to my seconds and companions falling off the perch – not literally, but dying. So now it’s mostly indoor climbing for me. I’m here two or three times a week – it’s very good exercise.’

www.alienrock.co.uk

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PROPERTY

Home report A look at movements in the city’s housing market reveals Edinburgh continues to see above average growth in values

£237,286

5x

The average house price in Edinburgh compared to the average house price in Scotland of £167,765, according to the latest figures from the Registers of Scotland (2nd quarter of the year ending June 2015).

26.3% Scottish prime values (above £400,000) are expected to rise by 17% in the next five years. However, Edinburgh prime values are predicted to rise by 26.3%. Source: Savills

£3.7m

as many houses in the over £750,000 bracket were sold in the first quarter of 2015, prior to the introduction of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, compared to the same period the previous year. 54% fewer houses in the same band were sold in the second quarter – when LBTT came into force – compared to the same period in 2014. Source: ESPC

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The most expensive house sold in Edinburgh this year is Hillwood House, 76 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh. Source: Savills

18.3% The average price of a two-bedroom flat in Morningside and Merchiston increased by 18.3% between July 2015 and the same time last year.

In the second quarter of 2015, there were 24 sales in the capital of £1million or above. This was more than a third of the total for Scotland as a whole.

Source: ESPC

Source: Savills

Information correct at time of going to press

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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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I Am Thomas

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What’s

ON Whether it be music, theatre, film or exhibitions, make the most of all Edinburgh has to offer this autumn

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24-31 August EN AVANTE, MARCHE!

BALLETT ZuRICH 27–29/8, Edinburgh Playhouse Max Richter’s Recomposed: Vivaldi’s – The Four Seasons is the soundtrack for Wayne McGregor’s Kairos performed by Ballett Zürich at the Edinburgh Playhouse. One of Europe’s leading ensembles, they present a captivating double bill featuring works by their artistic director Christian Spuck and multi-award winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor. www.eif.co.uk/2015/zurich

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24-25/8, King’s Theatre Alain Platel, the trailblazing founder and director of Belgian contemporary dance collective les ballets C de la B, makes his Edinburgh debut in a new music theatre work created with Frank Van Laecke. The starting point is the rehearsal room of a brass band in Flanders. As the ties that hold local communities together begin to loosen, the ensembles teach people to march in the same direction. www.lesballetscdela.be

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WHAT’S ON

EDINBURGH MELA FESTIVAL

SOL GABETTA AND BERTRAND CHAMAYOU 24/8, The Queen’s Hall Sensuous yet full of searing insights, Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta’s playing has been widely admired. With French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, she gives a captivating programme contrasting Beethoven’s lyrical Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen with passionate cello sonatas by Mendelssohn and Chopin. This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. www.thequeenshall.net

29-30/8, Leith Links Where outstanding world music, international dance and a carnival of colour, community and celebration hit the streets of Leith. The festival seeks to embrace all its diverse communities and cultures, providing a showcase and development opportunities for artists from within those groups, working alongside artists of national and international stature, producing a high-quality festival of global music, dance and the wider arts. www.edinburghmela.co.uk

SCOTLAND v ITALY 29/8, BT Murrayfield Stadium, 3.15pm Watch Scotland take on Italy in the third of four warm-up matches scheduled in August and September as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup. See the national team in action on home turf before they get their World Cup campaign underway with a match against Japan in Gloucester on 23 September. www.autumn-internationals.co.uk

ST LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET 25/8, The Queen’s Hall US composer John Adams wrote his String Quartet expressly for this quartet. Its surging textures make an ideal match for the foursome’s mix of finesse and fiery power. www.thequeenshall.net

SIMON ARMITAGE, ‘WALKING ON BEACHES’ 27/8, Edinburgh Book Festival Acclaimed poet Simon Armitage walked the Pennine Way for his prize-winning Walking Home. Now he’s followed that by walking round the coastal fringes of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. www.edbookfest.co.uk

FAULTY TOWERS: THE DINING EXPERIENCE 6-31/8, B’est Restaurant This interactive comedy drama offers the chance to dine with neurotic Basil, domineering Sybil and the hopeless waiter Manuel.

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OPEN AIR LUNA CINEMA 4-6/9, Royal Botanic Garden Luna Cinema brings classic film to a big screen in a beautiful setting. Take a blanket or picnic chair and enjoy Grand Budapest Hotel, Mamma Mia or Back to the Future in stunning surroundings. www.thelunacinema.com/ royal-botanic-gardenedinburgh

EDINBURGH GIN’S NIGHT OF LITERATURE AND LIQUOR 31/8, Edinburgh Gin Distillery, 1a Rutland Place A night centred around booze and books. Take a look at alcohol as both the protagonist and antagonist in over 150 years of fiction, coupled with wonderful cocktails and weird concoctions. www.edinburghgindistillery.co.uk

LYON & TURNBULL AUCTION 2/9, 33 Broughton Place Rare books, manuscripts, maps and photographs will be on sale at Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh showroom. www.lyonandturnbull.com

MEET THE EDIBLE GARDENING TEAM 7 & 8/9, Royal Botanic Garden Take a wander around the productive gardens with RBGE’s edible gardening team and learn how to grow your own fruit and vegetables. www.rbge.org.uk

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31 August-6 September CALTON HILL – BEACON OF LIGHT 3/9, Museum of Edinburgh A talk by author, lecturer and musician Stuart McHardy on how Calton Hill reflects the intellectual, cultural and democratic history of Scotland’s capital. www.usherhall.co.uk Ivica Drusany / Shutterstock.com

TWILIGHT RACE MEETING 4/9, Musselburgh Racecourse Musselburgh’s first late afternoon race meeting offers excellent flat racing and has a great end-of-the-week atmosphere. Treat yourself to a Fish & Chips Package or Pommery Pop Package, place a bet or two and watch the horses thunder home. www.musselburghracecourse.co.uk

CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE 4-6/9, The Palace of Holyrood House A gathering of some of the rarest and most exotic cars from around the world will descend on the Queen’s Edinburgh residence for a weekend of marvellous motors. The cars are the stars, but three-times Formula One world champion Sir Jackie Stewart will be in attendance, as will IndyCar champion Dario Franchetti, who will bring along some of his most stunning cars. www.concoursofelegance.co.uk

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7-13 September THE AMAZING WORLD OF M.C. ESCHER until 27/9, Modern 2 (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) Dutch artist MC Escher produced some of the most fascinating and eye-twisting images in 20th-century art, informed by his profound intuitive understanding of mathematics and a razor-sharp technique. In the first major UK exhibition of Escher’s work, this show includes nearly 100 prints and drawings. www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson

ELEMENTS, FESTIVAL OF GOLD AND SILVER IN SCOTLAND 10-13/9, Lyon & Turnbull, Broughton Place Elements is a four-day festival of gold and silver by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull Fine Art Auctioneers. The festival will comprise an exhibition, a variety of events and a selling fair showcasing some of the UK’s most exquisite work in silver and jewellery. The Incorporation and Lyon & Turnbull have a heritage of producing, exhibiting and selling work at the highest level. They are combining their strengths to produce Elements, a gathering of talent to appeal to all generations. Elements will take place at Lyon & Turnbull’s showroom, and is a key focus in Edinburgh’s ‘Silver September’ season – a month of events celebrating the beauty of precious metals in Scotland’s capital. www.incorporationofgoldsmiths.org/elements

INGLISTON REVIVAL 11-13/9, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston The Ingliston Revival celebrates the 50th anniversary and reinstatement of Ingliston Circuit in Edinburgh. A weekend of all things cars, both on and off the track. Celebrate this historic venue and soak up the atmosphere with all areas of cars and motorsport. www.ingliston.co.uk

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MICHELANGELO STRING QUARTET 12/9, Prestonkirk Parish Church, East Linton The Michelangelo String Quartet, formed in 2002 by musicians distinguished as soloists, perform Haydn, Dvorak and Beethoven. Each piece in the programme is a pinnacle of quartet writing. www. lammermuir festival.co.uk

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EDINBURGH RIDING OF THE MARCHES MUSIC AT LENNOXLOVE 12/9, Lennoxlove House, Haddington Brilliant young French lutenist Thomas Dunford brings his archlute to Lennoxlove’s medieval Great Hall with a fascinating programme of contrasting composers. Downland’s exquisite melancholy is set against the highly virtuosic music of Kapsberger, which makes a wonderful foil for its sad beauty. www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk

ASTRONOMY EVENINGS 11/9, Royal Observatory Visit the city’s largest observatory and discover more about the dark sky, the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and what happens there today. The team will help you find your way around the night sky whatever the weather and you can observe the heavens with the telescopes. www.roe.ac.uk

STOCKFEST 12-20/9, Stockbridge A week-long round-up of fun activities celebrating the very best of Stockbridge. www.stockfestedinburgh.com

CALEDONIAN RACEDAY 12/9, Musselburgh Racecourse Caledonian Brewery Raceday includes a £30,000 feature race which is one of seven flat races. The brewery’s beer festival on the day will showcase their premier ales alongside live music and food to enjoy. www.scottishracing.co.uk

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13/9, The Royal Mile The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches culminates in a spectacular cavalcade of more than 250 horses making its way up the historic Royal Mile towards the Mercat Cross. www.edinburghridingthe marches.co.uk

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SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH SPECIAL GUEST BENNY GOLSON 18/9, The Queen’s Hall There are few working musicians whose careers span the history of post-war jazz quite as comprehensively as saxophonist, composer and songwriter Benny Golson. The SNJO welcomes Golson as their special guest and together they will explore his jazz legacy and celebrate music that, like its author, defies the march of time. www.snjo.co.uk

TENEBRAE SING BRAHMS AND BRUCKNER 18/9, St Mary’s Church, Haddington One of Europe’s finest professional choirs returns to the Lammermuir Festival with a glorious programme dominated by motets by Bruckner and Brahms. www.lammermuirfestival.co.uk

WAITING FOR GODOT 18/9-10/10, The Lyceum Two of Scotland’s great stage actors, Brian Cox and Bill Paterson, star as Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s masterly black comedy. www.lyceum.org.uk

SCOTTISH ART AUCTION 16/9, Bonhams Bonhams has sold more than £15m of pictures since 2011. The work of the Scottish Colourists accounts for £7m of this. This auction includes the work of John MacLauchlan Milne, Arthur Melville and Stanley Cursiter. www.bonhams.com/auctions

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14-20 September THE SILVERSMITH’S ART 18/9 (-4/1/16), National Museum of Scotland This ground-breaking exhibition celebrates the exceptional creativity and skill which make Britain a world leader in modern silver and features 170 masterpieces made between 2000 and 2015. At the heart of the exhibition is The Goldsmiths’ Company’s role as patron of contemporary studio silver. This guild, situated in the City of London, has supported Britain’s gold and silversmithing trades for over 700 years. www.nms.ac.uk

NICOLA BENEDETTI – ITALY AND THE FOUR SEASONS 19/9, The Usher Hall Nicola Benedetti, one of the world’s most beloved classical violinists, returns to the Usher Hall with a dynamic programme of music inspired by the spirit of Italy. www.usherhall.co.uk

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS 15-19/9, Edinburgh Playhouse Based on the classic comedy film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will transport you to the French Riviera as two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress. www.playhousetheatre.com

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21-27 September OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL 26/9, Festival Theatre The Ocean Film Festival showcases the world’s most amazing ocean films from above and below the water’s surface – letting you immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean without getting your feet wet. www.edtheatres.com

JOHN CHAMBERLAIN’S STRUCTURES 22-27/9, Royal Botanic Garden The first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery by the great American artist John Chamberlain includes monumental twisted metal foil sculptures placed throughout the garden. Chamberlain is best known for creating vibrantly coloured, dynamic metal sculptures made from salvaged materials and car parts. Seen in the context of the garden, the presentation accentuates the surprisingly natural, organic qualities of Chamberlain’s work. www.rbge.org.uk

EDINBURGH DOORS OPEN DAYS 26-27/9, Various in central Edinburgh Organised by The Cockburn Association (Edinburgh’s Civic Trust), this is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s most architecturally, culturally and socially significant buildings. Many venues feature behind-the-scenes tours, activities, exhibitions and talks which bring the history of the building, garden, cemetery or monument and its everyday use to life. www.doorsopendays.org.uk

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DOCUMENT SCOTLAND 26/9 (-24/4/16), National Portrait Gallery A photographic collective of Scotsborn photographers Colin McPherson, Jeremy SuttonHibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren. While the work touches on political landscape around the Referendum, the images do not affirm any one position, but a multiplicity of views that portray the complex challenges and subtle nuances surrounding the larger debate. www.national galleries.org

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THE FACE OF BRITAIN: AN EVENING WITH SIMON SCHAMA ART GARFUNKEL 24/9, Usher Hall An evening with the sweet-voiced Art Garfunkel, who will be running through hits from his Simon and Garfunkel days and his subsequent solo career, including the popular classic Bright Eyes. www.usherhall.co.uk

BBC SCOTTISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: MAHLER 10 27/9, Usher Hall Donald Runnicles guides us to the heart of Mahler’s final musical testament in this powerful opening to the new season. www.usherhall.co.uk

BLAZING WITH CRIMSON: TARTAN PORTRAITS 21-27/9, National Portrait Gallery A stroll down the Royal Mile will confirm to even the most philosophically sceptical observer that tartan and Highland dress are, as they say, emblems of Scottish national identity. This exhibition examines what the tartan meant to six people painted between 1680 and 1780. www.nationalgalleries.org

WOODEN SPOON CHARITY WINE TASTING 24/9, Lulu, George Street Join Gavin Hastings and other known faces from the world of rugby when Great Grog Wines experts guide you through some choice wines to help raise funds for disadvantaged children and young people across Scotland. www.woodenspoon.org.uk

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27/9, The Lyceum Join Simon Schama as he discusses the stunning and surprising array of images that tell the story of the British from the Tudors to the present day. www.lyceum.org.uk/whats-on

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BRAVE NEW WORLD 29/9-3/10, King’s Theatre Aldous Huxley’s ground-breaking novel bursts into life in this, the first ever stage adaptation of the work by award-winning playwright Dawn King, directed by James Dacre, with original music by These New Puritans. www.edtheatres.com

THE BODYGUARD 29/9 (-10/10), Edinburgh Playhouse The Bodyguard, the awardwinning musical based on the blockbuster film, is heading out on tour in 2015. Starring three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron. www.playhousetheatre.com

DONOVAN 4/10, The Queen’s Hall An intimate, solo acoustic performance from one of Scotland’s most influential singersongwriters. Donovan, a 1960s legend, is marking his 50th year in the music business with the double album Retrospective. www.donovan.ie

LEIGHTON & POULENC ORGAN CONCERTOS 3/10, Greyfriars Kirk Greyfriars Kirk’s magnificent Peter Collins organ, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is in the spotlight for an evening of organ classics performed by David Briggs, one of Britain’s finest organists. www.sco.org.uk

ACAPPELLA TO THE MAX! 3/10, Usher Hall Forth Valley Chorus are an extraordinary group of women who sing jazz, swing, country, classic barbershop and contemporary pop. www.forthvalleychorus.org

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28 September-4 October RACHEL SERMANNI 2/10, The Queen’s Hall Folk-noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni returns to The Queen’s Hall with her latest studio album Tied To The Moon. Aged 23, Rachel has in the last four years toured her native Scotland, UK, Canada, USA, Australia, Iceland and Europe. She released her critically acclaimed debut album Under Mountains in 2012 and since then has had a string of EPs as well as sharing the stage with major artists including John Grant, Mumford & Sons and Elvis Costello. www.thequeenshall.net

SCOTTISH BALLET, ELSA CANASTA AND MOTION OF DISPLACEMENT 29-30/9, Festival Theatre A night of incredible dance as bodies in motion tell stories from two must-see choreographers. Elsa Canasta, choreographed by Javier de Frutos, and the world premiere of Motion of Displacement by Bryan Arias, which will explore the causes and effects of storytelling, inspired by the choreographers’ own childhood memories. www.scottishballet.co.uk

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DANIEL SLOSS: DARK 30/9, The Stand The new show from the young Scottish comedian who regularly appears on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Russell Howard’s Good News is packed with smart gags. www.danielsloss.com

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5-11 October ARTHUR MELVILLE 10/10 (-17/1/16), Scottish National Gallery This landmark exhibition is the first for over 35 years devoted to the extraordinary art of Arthur Melville (1855-1904), the most innovative and radical Scottish artist of his generation and one of the finest British watercolour painters of the 19th century. www. nationalgalleries.org

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PERFORM BRAHM’S SYMPHONY NO.1 8/10, Usher Hall This concert opens the SCO’s 2015/16 season and kicks off their Brahms Series with principal conductor Robin Ticciati. www.sco.org.uk

STOMP 6-11/10, Festival Theatre With new routines, new music and new choreography, this foot-stamping, fingerdrumming, global phenomenon continues to thrill audiences with its infectious mix of percussion, dance, theatre and comedy. With an exhilarating soundtrack inspired by the commotion of everyday life, eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm enjoyed by audiences of all ages the world over. www.edtheatres.com/stomp

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SUNDAY CLASSICS: DRESDEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

THE FASCINATION OF JEWELLERY: IMPORTANT WOMEN COLLECTORS

11/10 Usher Hall Under the power of soloist Sol Gabetta and cellist-now conductor Michael Sanderling, this performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto promises to be spellbinding. www.usherhall. co.uk

9/10, Lauriston Castle Clare Blatherwick focuses on four women and their amazingly diverse jewellery collections – Evalyn Walsh McLean, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Elizabeth Taylor and Madeleine Albright. During the lecture she will look at some of their key pieces as well as the motivations of these avid collectors. Book via www.usherhall.co.uk

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CEILIDH AT THE QUEEN’S HALL 10/10, The Queen’s Hall A concert, book launch and ceilidh celebrating the music of Freeland Barbour, well-known to all in Scottish music circles as accordionist, band leader, record and radio producer, and composer. www.thequeenshall.net

WHISKY AUCTION, BONHAMS 7/10, Queen Street Bonhams whisky department specialises in auctioning old, rare, collectable and affordable whisky, with several whisky auctions held during the year in Edinburgh, New York and Hong Kong. www.bonhams.com/edinburgh

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION BEAR’S DEN PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS 5/10, The Queen’s Hall The London-based trio create music that dares to be both literate and profound while, crucially, remaining universally accessible. Following their debut album, Islands, and a sold-out European tour, the band’s single, Above The Clouds of Pompeii, was nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello Award. www.bearsdenmusic.co.uk

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5-10/10, King’s Theatre The prison drama, originally penned as a short story by Stephen King and famously adapted as an award-winning film, will hit the boards of the King’s Theatre in a new stage production presented by Bill Kenwright and adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns. www.edtheatres.com

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12-18 October KEVIN BRIDGES, A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY 14-18/10, Edinburgh Playhouse Scotland’s biggest export, Kevin Bridges, dubbed as ‘brilliant’ by one of his comedy idols, Billy Connolly, has had an astonishing rise to success. Here he returns to the road with a new show, A Whole Different Story. www.kevinbridges. co.uk

RUN OR DYE – THE WORLD’S MOST COLOURFUL 5KM 18/10, Hopetoun House Become part of the rainbow at Run or Dye. As you run/walk/dance through the course, you will get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye at every kilometre, turning you into a technicolour canvas of fun! runordye.co.uk

CARA DILLON PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN 16/10, The Queen’s Hall One of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song in the world, Cara Dillon’s latest album, A Thousand Hearts, showcases a more mature, stronger vocal. She will be joined by her band: Sam Lakeman (piano, guitar), Ed Boyd (guitar), Luke Daniels (accordion) and Niall Murphy (fiddle). www.caradillon.co.uk

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SIMPLY NIGELLA: AN EVENING WITH NIGELLA LAWSON 14/10, Royal Lyceum Theatre Nigella Lawson is widely considered to be one of the best and most influential British food writers. Join her for a very special evening as she discusses her passion for food and cookery, and introduces us to her new book, Simply Nigella. lyceum.org.uk

LORD OF THE FLIES 13-17/10, Festival Theatre Direct from London’s awardwinning Regent’s Park Theatre, William Golding’s classic explodes onto the stage. www.edtheatres.com

THE SPORTING SALE AUCTION 14/10, Bonhams Steeped in tradition, rich in glamour, this sale appeals to collectors at every level. From traditional field sports collectables to pictures worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, sporting art is a truly exciting genre. www.bonhams.com

STEVE BACKSHALL’S WILD WORLD 18/10, Festival Theatre Join wildlife TV presenter, adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall as he takes you on a visual tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his novels, The Falcon Chronicles. www.stevebackshall.com

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19-25 October LYCEUM YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS: HIDDEN

NT ENCORE SCREENING: HAMLET

20-24/10, Royal Lyceum Theatre A site-specific promenade performance visiting the unseen corners of The Lyceum. Step behind the curtain for a unique performance in the darkest corners of the theatre. You will be guided where no backstage tour goes – where hidden places meet the hidden voices of youth. This will be a unique theatrical adventure full of surprise and no little terror, with live music and lively encounters inspired by The Lyceum’s secret spaces. www.lyceum.org.uk

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22/10, Festival Theatre Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly-awaited production live to cinemas. www.edtheatres.com/hamlet

RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY 24/10, Festival Theatre The Richard Alston Dance Company returns, bringing back Martin Lawrance’s extraordinary Burning, which premiered at the Festival Theatre in September 2014. Burning received standing ovations and five-star reviews, a smouldering dance as passionate and turbulent as its music, the Dante Sonata of Franz Liszt. www.richardalstondance.com

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Top picks SHREK THE MUSICAL 20/10 (-8/11), Edinburgh Playhouse Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical is this year’s must-see show for all the family. Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, the stage show brings all the much-loved characters to life, www.shrekthemusical. co.uk

REBECCA 19/10, King’s Theatre The Kneehigh Theatre company present their stage version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film. This new production of the book by Daphne du Maurier is directed by Emma Rice and conjures up a large dose of Cornish romance and theatrical magic. www.edtheatres.com

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PERFORM HANDEL’S THEODORA

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LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO 20-21/10, Festival Theatre Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts presenting a playful, entertaining view of classical ballet in parody form, The Trocks are a company of male dancers presenting their knowledge of dance, comic approach, and the fact that men can indeed dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces. www.trockadero.org

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22/10, Queen’s Hall A passionate love story and a meditation on Christian virtue, Handel’s dramatic oratorio Theodora is one of the composer’s most direct and vivid works. Its powerful music tells an ancient story of persecution and unshakeable belief. SCO associate artist and historical performance expert Richard Egarr is famed for his lively, incisive music-making. He directs a cast of renowned soloists in this oratorio that Handel himself prized above all others. www.sco.org.uk

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CLAIRE MARTIN OBE & RAY GELATO: IT’S A SWINGING AFFAIR 28/10, The Queen’s Hall Friends for 30 years, multi award-winning vocalist Claire Martin OBE and legendary saxophonist and vocalist Ray Gelato have combined their love of all things ‘swing’ and joined forces for their first show together, It’s a Swinging Affair. www.claire martinjazz. co.uk

ELIAS STRING QUARTET 26/10, The Queen’s Hall The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet is one of the finest ensembles of its generation. Known for its intense and vibrant performances, the quartet has travelled the globe collaborating with leading musicians and playing in the world’s great halls. They will play Stravinsky, Schumann and Dvořák. www.eliasstringquartet.com

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE 26-31/10, King’s Theatre To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And Then There Were None returns to the stage, starring BAFTA nominated Paul Nicholas, Colin Buchanan and Mark Curry. www.agathachristie.com

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26 October-1 November BOTANIC LIGHTS, NIGHT IN THE GARDEN 29/10 (-22/11), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh As darkness descends, follow a magical trail of light through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Take a path illuminated by fantastic effects and experience the unfamiliar sights and sounds of the Garden after dark. A unique event for all the family to enjoy. www.rbge.org.uk

COCKTAILS IN THE CITY 29-30/10, Mansfield Traquair Eighteen hand-picked bars from across the capital are part of an evening of cocktail worship. Enjoy expert one-to-one cocktail tuition by the city’s finest bartenders and experience an exciting new collection of this season’s must-drink cocktails created especially for the show. Enjoy the music, love the food and celebrate the drinks at the UK’s greatest cocktail event. www.cocktailsinthecity.co.uk

JENNY ECLAIR: HOW TO BE A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN WITHOUT GOING INSANE 30/10, The Brunton, Musselburgh Professional grumpy old woman, Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi-bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund. www.jennyeclair.com

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2-8 November 6/11, Usher Hall Two composers and two glorious takes on Shakespeare’s greatest love story. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet is the epitome of romantic music, while Sergei Prokofiev brought the star-crossed lovers to the USSR giving us some of the 20th century’s most heartfelt melodies. With conductor Peter Oundjian and pianist Xiayin Wang. www.rsno.org.uk

MODERN SCOTTISH WOMEN PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS 7/11 (-26/6/16), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art A revelatory exhibition of work by Scottish women artists that concentrates on painters and sculptors, covering the period from 1885, when Fra Newbery became director of Glasgow School of Art, until 1965, the year of Anne Redpath’s death. More than 80 works will be shown, drawn from the National Galleries of Scotland’s holdings and other public collections from throughout the UK, as well as from private collections. Artists represented range from Bessie MacNicol, Phoebe Anna Traquair and Gertrude Alice Meredith Williams, to Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh and Dorothy Johnstone. Modern Scottish Women will be accompanied by a free permanent collection display of prints by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. www.nationalgalleries.org

HOPETOUN BONFIRE & FIREWORKS NIGHT 7/11, Hopetoun House Famed for putting on one of the most spectacular fireworks displays, Hopetoun’s 2015 celebrations are set to be bigger than ever. Against the backdrop of Hopetoun House, one of Scotland’s finest stately homes, the event will offer an array of pre-show entertainment, food stalls and family fun, with a fabulous finale of fireworks by the award-winning company 21cc Fireworks. www.hopetoun.co.uk

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Linear Movement and Circle 2, 1982, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.

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THE LYRIC BOOK LIVE: RICKY ROSS AT THE QUEEN’S HALL 8/11, The Queen’s Hall Presenting his most intimate UK tour yet, the Deacon Blue front man performs hits from both his band and solo career. Featuring 12 UK Top 40 singles and two No.1 albums. www.deacon blue.com

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HANDBAGGED 2/11, King’s Theatre Liz vs. Maggie: two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s celebrated new comedy speculates on what the world’s most powerful women really talked about behind closed palace doors. www.handbaggedtheplay.com

AN EVENING WITH EMMANUEL KRIVINE AND THE SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

4/11, Lauriston Castle Alan Borthwick, the only singer ever to have performed all the tenor roles in Sullivan operas, will reveal how the world-famous partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan created their universally popular series of comic operas. www.usherhall.co.uk

SCOTTISH OPERA: CARMEN 3, 6, 8, 12 & 14 /11, Festival Theatre Director Benjamin Davis revives Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s much-loved 1999 production, evoking the heat and intensity of Seville, where the most famous love triangle in operatic history unfolds. www.edtheatres.com/socarmen

5/11, Usher Hall Famed for the elegance and energy of his colourful performances, principal guest conductor Emmanuel Krivine directs the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a powerful programme of richly romantic music. www.sco.org.uk

HORSE RACING 5-6/11, Musselburgh Racecourse The first two days of the jumps season at Musselburgh. www.scottishracing.co.uk

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9-15 November THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 10-14/11, King’s Theatre Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest features an all-star cast including Nigel Havers, Christine Kavanagh, and Siân Phillips performing as The Bunbury Company of Players. www.edtheatres. com

MACK AND MABEL 10-21/11, Edinburgh Playhouse Direct from its premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre, the dazzling Broadway musical comedy stars double Olivier award-winning Michael Ball as Mack Sennett and introduces Rebecca LaChance as Mabel Normand. www.playhousetheatre.com

AN EVENING WITH NOEL FIELDING 14/11, EICC In his first live solo tour, the star of The Mighty Boosh and Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy is likely to provide his unique brand of stand-up comedy, live animation, music and some of Fielding’s bestknown TV characters. www.noelfielding.co.uk/tour

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9-15 NOVEMBER

EDINBURGH QUARTET: INTIMATE VOICES

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11/11, The Queen’s Hall Many of the greatest composers chose to write for the string quartet because of its capability for intimate expression, and as the backbone of the new season, the Edinburgh Quartet focus on works which have intimate expression at their very core. www.edinburghquartet.com

GARBAGE – 20 YEARS QUEER 14/11, Usher Hall Garbage play a special show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album Garbage. The album was released in 1995 and went on to sell four million copies, spawning a succession of hit singles, including Stupid Girl, Only Happy When It Rains, Vow and Queer. www.usherhall.co.uk

SCOTCH WHISKY TRAINING SCHOOL 13/11, Scotch Whisky Experience, The Royal Mile A one-day course in the tasting, blending, serving and history of Scotch whisky, with a ‘Certificate of Expertise’ at the end. www.scotchwhiskyexperience. co.uk

JOE ABERCROMBIE 12/11, Waterstones, Princes St Discussing his latest book, Half a War, acclaimed author Abercrombie will be in the West End Waterstones on Princes Street. He will also be signing books. www.joeabercrombie.com

CELTIC WOMAN, 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

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12/11, Usher Hall This 10th Anniversary Celebration showcases these four gifted Irish women – three world-class vocalists and a brilliant Celtic violinist – whose talent and charisma bring centuries of musical and cultural tradition to life. www.celticwoman.com

15/11, WHISKI Rooms Shop Pairing four great drams with four different chocolates, giving a new experience for fans of the water of life and chocoholics alike. www.eventbrite.co.uk

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My Edinburgh Renowned literary agent Jenny Brown was a founding director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival WORDS BY JENN Y B RO W N

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