Hitlist: Classical Music
ERCU 150th Anniversary Gala Concert
World premiere of Shadow Aspect, commissioned from composer Judith Bingham by Edinburgh Royal Choral Union to mark their 150th anniversary year. Taking poems, texts and other writings by Robert Louis Stevenson as its inspiration, this powerful new work involves not only ERCU, but the Edinburgh Youth Choir, baritone soloist, timpani soloist and city organist John Kitchen. Phew.
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 3 Oct.
Scottish Opera: The Elixir of Love
Deservedly popular with audiences when first unveiled over ten years ago, Giles Havergal’s witty production is revived as Scottish Opera get their new season underway. Good fun, if a bit silly, the music is easy on the ear, especially in the expert hands of the company’s Music Director Francesco Corti.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sat 26 Sep.
The warmest of welcomes to this new piano trio in their first concert. Brahms and Suk are on the programme, along with the piano trio by Edinburgh-based Edward Harper, a fabulous piece, which hasn’t been heard since it was premiered in 1992, and a fitting tribute to the composer, who died earlier this year. Violin is Aisling O’Deo of the SCO, cellist is Clea Friend and pianist is Simon Smith.
St Andrew’s & St George’s, Edinburgh, Sat 26 Sep.