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Music, exhibitions and theatre to start the new year

Wild and Wicked Royal Scottish National Orchestra Eden Court Theatre, Inverness January 18

Music animateur Paul Rissmann and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra present an all-action children's concert programme, with music by Arnold, Grieg, Mozart and Beethoven and Danny Elfman's theme of The Simpsons TV series.

Children are invited to bring their own instruments for a chance to play along. Practice sheets are available from the theatre.

Eden Court Theatre, tel 01463 234234

Celtic Fantasy Children's Classic Concerts Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow February 1

The first Children's Classic Concert of the year takes its theme from the concurrent Celtic Connections event. It will feature contributions from the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, the Tara Dancers, The Whistlebinkies, the Dance Factory and Catriona McKay and John Kenny, who will play the fearsome carnyx, the Pictish war horn.

Royal Concert Hall, 0141 353 8000

X-Plore: Daughter's Letters BT Scottish Ensemble Inverness, February 11 Perth, February 12

The BT Scottish Ensemble will conduct afternoon education concerts in Inverness and Perth in the first in a series entitled X-Plore, which aims to unlock the mysteries of composition for S3 and older pupils. Music animateur Paul Rissmann will lead the ensemble and soprano Patricia Rozario in a session exploring Rhian Samuel's "Daughter's Letters", a setting of poems by the American Anne Stevenson. He will also lead earlier preparation sessions for teachers.

Contact Freya Mitchell, BT Scottish Ensemble, tel 0141 332 4747

Art-o-matic Methil Heritage Centre, Fife until the end of February

This interactive exhibition has proved so popular with nursery and young primary school children that the centre is continuing it for a while. The colourful works were created by Fife Arts and Crafts Enterprise Training, using recycled materials, and include robust wood and ceramic sculptures designed specifically to be handled.

Methil Heritage Centre, tel 01333 422100

Angus Collection Meffan Museum and Gallery, Forfar January 11-February 8 then touring to Arbroath, Montrose and Carnoustie until June 21

Forty works of art from the Angus Council collection have been selected for this tour aimed at secondary schools and colleges. The paintings, prints and sculptures date from the mid-18th century to the present day and all were created by artists from the area or based there. Included are portraits of Bonnie Prince Charlie's mother and daughter, Charlotte, which lay hidden under a carpet in a Montrose house almost 200 years, and sculptures by William Lamb, who bequeathed his studio and its contents to Montrose.

Exhibitions officer Jake Stewart says: "This is a great chance for art teachers to familiarise themselves with works in the collection, which can be used as a Higher resource."

The Meffan, tel 01307 464123

Stirling Girls Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling January 17-March 23

This exhibition about women in Stirling and their part in the area's history and culture, from ancient to modern times, features objects, documents and books covering all aspects of women's lives plus art works of and by local women. Included is a bust of Helen Duncan, the last woman to be prosecuted in Britain for witchcraft.

There is a teachers' pack and programme of related lunchtime talks.

Smith Art Gallery, tel 01786 471917

Oliver's Army until March A Tale o' Tam Kilmarnock, January 31 Auntie Janet Saves the Planet North Ayrshire, February to March Scottish Opera for All

This term Scottish Opera for All continues its primary schools tour of Oliver's Army and, in a one-off, an international cast of children will perform a revival of A Tale o' Tam.

SOFA, under commission by North Ayrshire Council, is preparing Auntie Janet Saves the Planet, its first interactive opera for three to six-year-olds inspired by biodiversity issues. Live performers, puppetry and film animation blend in the production, which is to have 26 airings in North Ayrshire schools.

SOFA, tel 0141 332 9559

The Story of Saint Margaret January 27-May 2 Kidnapped March 31-June 27 Hopscotch Theatre Company

The Hopscotch Theatre Company starts touring Scotland this month with The Story of Saint Margaret. The production offers "a fun-filled 55 minutes of saintly goings-on" for P2-P7. Schools can expect all the known facts about the 11th-century queen in a generous wrapping of comedy and songs.

In the spring, the company will start touring Kidnapped, Stevenson's classic tale of adventure.

Hopscotch, tel 0141 440

Helter Skelter Glasgow, January 16-February 21 Fablevision

As part of Fablevision's comprehensive drugs awareness programme, the company is replaying Helter Skelter, the 45-minute play targeted at P4-P5, in Glasgow schools. The programme is part-funded by Glasgow Council, while the South West Area Forum is funding performances in 11 primaries in the Govan area and the Charing Cross Rotary Club is funding one locally.

A workshop will follow the plays.

Fablevision, tel 0141 425 2020

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