THE CITYof Glasgow Chorus is to perform a Beethoven double-bill for its penultimate concert of the current season.

This season has seen the chorus perform in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai, but for this concert it will return to the City Halls, Glasgow, on April 23. Approaching its 35th year of existence, the choir will perform Beethoven's Mass in C and his Fantasia in C Minor, along with Vivaldi's Gloria. The Beethoven works were first premiered in Vienna in 1808.

For several years, the City of Glasgow Chorus has invited students and recent graduates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) to sing the solo roles in its performances. On stage for this concert will be Julia Daramy-Williams (Soprano), Svetlina Stoyanova (Mezzo), Glen Cunningham (Tenor) and Jerome Knox (Baritone).

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Also joining the chorus will be Colin Taylor, their regular accompanist, who will play the piano for the Fantasia in C Minor. Completing the line up of performers is the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

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THIS WEEK is the last chance to see the Monkey Business show at the National Museum of Scotland before it embarks on an international tour.

The exhibition, which finishes on April 23, features more than 60 new taxidermy specimens of monkeys, apes, lemurs, lorises and bush-babies.

It is set to tour from autumn 2017 under the name Monkeys! A Primate Story, and will travel to venues in Belgium, Australia and Spain. This is the first time National Museums Scotland will tour its collections abroad, and is the start of a major new touring exhibitions programme.

The taxidermy on display in Monkey Business was specially commissioned for the exhibition, which is supported by People’s Postcode Lottery and explores how primates have evolved and adapted, how they communicate, and the tools they have developed to obtain food.

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STEVEN Claydon's The Archipelago of Contented Peoples: Endurance Groups is to run at the Common Guild, Glasgow from April 22 to July 9.

Steven Claydon is known for sculptural work that "examines the changing value of objects" – aesthetic, functional and financial. In a range of new works that include sourced, crafted and fabricated components, the show "plays out the processes whereby objects come into being, accrue meaning, and endure and transform through environmental and cultural shifts."

The exhibition is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and is accompanied by a series of talks and events.

The show is also presented alongside Introduced Species in Micronesia, an exhibition at Mount Stuart House on the island of Bute, which runs from 3 June.

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