Out of Town news from Thursday, April 9

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Fine Arts

The April lecture from Stirling Decorative and Fine Arts Society (SDFAS) is raising modern sculpture from the dead - Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Henri Gaudier Brzeska. The lecture on Thursday, April 16, is presented by Evelyn Silber. Educated at Cambridge and Pennsylvania universities, Evelyn has worked in Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries, has been a director in Leeds Museums and Art Galleries and was director of the Hunterian from 2001-2006. She is currently chairman of the Charles Rennie MacIntosh Society. The society hosts a series of monthly lectures at the Albert Hall in Stirling from September to June as well as visits, study days and tours. For more information, visit www.stirlingdfas.org.uk.

Scottish Opera

The Forth Valley Friends of Scottish Opera AGM on Sunday at 2.30 p.m. will be followed by Anthony Phillips on ‘Please Find Music Attached’. This is our final meeting in the current season and will start with the AGM, which, as usual, should be very short. Then we hear from Anthony Phillips, whose local connection is that he was the first director of the Macrobert Centre in Stirling. His later career included other roles in arts administration, notably as General Manager of the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and work as a translator. Fluent in Russian, he has translated some of Prokofiev’s diaries and Shostakovich’s letters. His talk has the intriguing title ‘Please Find Music Attached’. If anyone is interested in coach transport to the matinée performance of ‘Il Trovatore’ on May 17, please speak to Margaret Inall at the meeting or on 01786 474260. Pick ups will be at the usual places in Dunblane, Bridge of Allan and Stirling. Members £5, Visitors £6, Students £1, including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Astronomy Society

This week’s lecture subject is: Infrared Astronomy from Space. It will be given by Dr. John Davis, Opticon Project Scientist ROE. This free lecture will start at 7.30 p.m. at the Smiths Art Gallery, Stirling.

Suicide Support

A support group for people bereaved by suicide meets on an informal basis once a month on the last Monday of each month from 6-8.30 p.m. The group welcomes everyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. The group facilitators have experience participating in and facilitating groups, and are experienced counsellors. For further details about the group, which meets at the FDAMH centre in Victoria Road, contact Neil Sowerby at carers@fdamh.org.uk. or on (01324) 671000.