Out of Town news from Thursday, December 4

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Scottish Opera

Forth Valley Friends of Scottish Opera are delighted to have Sandy Sinclair speaking on the topic of unfinished operas this Sunday. Many more operas are started than are ever finished and the group’s very own, and very erudite, Sandy will be talking about some of those left unfinished by their original composers. Some have been finished by others (Turandot is a famous example) while others remain in varying degrees of completion. As this is the last meeting before Christmas, there will be mulled wine (or a soft drink) and mince pies in place of the usual tea/coffee and biscuits. The event will take place at Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling at 2.30 p.m. Members £5, visitors £6, and students £1.

Gaelic Group

Gaelic Parent and Child (0-5) Group - Croileagan Clach Mhanainn - meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon in Menstrie Parish Church Hall. Everyone will be made very welcome. No knowledge of Gaelic is required, just an interest. For further information, contact Kerry on 01259 220308.

Fine Arts

A Christmas Pie is the subject of the December lecture from Stirling Decorative and Fine Arts Society (SDFAS). The lecture on Thursday, December 18 is presented by Jeanne Dolmetsch, granddaughter of the Early Music Renaissance pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch. Jeanne studied violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music and is a specialist in 16th, 17th and 18th century music. 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 enquiries, contact Gordon Clark on 01786 461873. For more information about the society visit http://stirlingdfas.org.uk.