The Book Group II meets on 18th November at 7.30pm at The Edinburgh Bookshop to discuss the book they have just read by Adam Foulds called The Quickening Maze. They welcome new members anytime. More details on their website.

Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (harp) are both acclaimed as leaders in their chosen instrumental fields and for their work together in Shetland’s legendary Fiddlers’ Bid. Together they undertake a dynamic and adventurous exploration of traditional Scottish music, challenging boundaries while still remaining true to their original roots. They are playing at The Queen’s Hall on Wednesday 17th November at 8pm – and there is a money back guarantee on tickets! If you don’t like the concert then you get your £12 back – if you walk out within the first fifteen minutes. More details on the website.

At The Queen’s Hall on Tuesday 16 November at 7.30pm. Widely accepted as one of the most accurate mediums in the world, Gordon Smith’s ‘Beyond Belief’ tour offers the opportunity to meet the man who has captivated audiences worldwide.

Renowned for his ability to give exact names of people and places rather than vague sweeping statements, Gordon is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been featured in numerous television documentaries. Tickets £20 + £1.50 booking fee from The Queen’s Hall Website

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is back at The Playhouse from Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st. More details either by phoning the Box Office on 0844 847 1661 or from the website

And finally the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Queen’s Hall on Saturday 20th November at 7.30pm. Playing W Schuman Symphony No 5 (Symphony for Strings) Schnelzer Oboe Concerto ‘The Enchanter’ (UK premiere, SCO co-commission with Swedish Chamber Orchestra) Beethoven Symphony No 7 John Storgårds – conductor
François Leleux – oboe

Fashion Show on 17th November for Children in Need at The Rutland Hotel. More details from Imogene Deery telephone 0131 221 9978 or email:

At The Usher Hall on Friday 19th November don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of the UK’s greatest pianists performing Mozart’s powerful 20th Piano Concerto. Plus the Scottish premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s sensational choral work Graffiti; a colourful, spectacular musical portrayal of life and love in ancient Pompeii. More details on the venue’s website.

Morningside Community Council meet at The Open Door 42 Morningside Road on 17th November at 7.30pm. Further details on their website.

Learn how to access hundreds of quality reference books online at The National Library. For more information, see the readers’ workshops page on the library website. The event will be held on Tuesday 16 November at 18:00 Book online or phone 0131 623 3918.

And find out how NLS can help you develop your business in one of their two workshops. For more information, see the readers’ workshops page on the NLS website. This event is being held on Wednesday 17 November at 18.00-19.30

To support Women’s Enterprise Day this year, the RBS Women in Business Team is delighted to invite you to our first Scotland wide Business Conference  on Thursday 18 November in Edinburgh. More details here.

The Matchmaker is being staged by Splinters Theatre at The Scottish Storytelling Centre on 19th & 20th November. When Richard O’Connor finds he has the knack, his love life in Ireland and beyond starts to look up. But as Miss Crust approaches her third wedding things begin to get choppy. Splinters Theatre present their own version of the extraordinary letters of John B. Keane. More details on The Scottish Storytelling Centre website here.

Michael Bolton is playing at The Usher Hall on 17th November 2010. More details here.

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland with The Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society 7:30 pm Monday 22 November 2010 in The Usher Hall Edinburgh. The musicians of the Royal Marines Band Scotland together with the singers of the Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society are back in combination for the 2010 concert. In addition to the traditional RM Band martial tunes and the Corps of Drums, there will be light classical, music from the shows, exquisite solo pieces and of course plenty of Gilbert & Sullivan. A wonderfully colourful show with 45 Royal Marine Bandsmen on stage backed up by the Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society singers, this event has always been a highlight of the Usher Hall programme. Tickets £16, £14 and £12 Box Office: 0131 228 1155

And on Saturday 20th November – Hopetoun Green Volunteers are holding 2 Year Birthday Sausage Sizzle

Assist the Ranger with practical conservation tasks within the Grounds of Hopetoun’s stunning Designed Landscape.  The session runs from 10am – 1pm and is FREE.  All tools, gloves, teas and coffees are provided.  Booking is required.  Please book your places by telephoning 0131 319 3956 or email

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