Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

City Halls, Glasgow Fri 18 Jan; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 19 Jan


From the familiar tunes of Vivaldi’s pre-Christmas Four Seasons to four saxophones performing a brand new piece of music is quite a leap. Four is also the number of Adventurer concerts in the SCO’s current concert season. It is as part of this strand of their work that the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s new Concerto for saxophone quartet and strings can be found, with the virtuosic Raschèr Quartet at its forefront. It is not, however, only Scottish audiences who will be able to hear the new piece, as the commissioning of the music has been shared by orchestras in Germany and Sweden.

‘Over the last ten to 15 years co-commissioning has grown spectacularly,’ says SCO Managing Director, Roy McEwan. ‘There are two key benefits. Firstly, it enables the orchestras to share the costs, but also, and more valuably, it increases the exposure of a new piece at the beginning of its life.’

In this particular case, the quartet also have greater opportunity to perform and an orchestra such as the Norbotten Chamber Orchestra, based in the spectacular mountain national park region of Sweden, have the chance of a commission which they might not have been in a position to undertake on their own.

Co-commissioning in this way might come about by a mixture of methods, whether via the networks of orchestra chief execs attending international conferences, the sharing of information carried by conductors or, as with the Beamish, through the soloists.

‘We introduced Sally Beamish to the quartet when they were here playing the Philip Glass concerto and they got talking,’ explains McEwan. Beamish has dedicated her new piece to them as one of her main sources of its inspiration, the other being Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, masterworks with which she has always been fascinated.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

With pianist Olli Mustonen.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Viennese New Year Concert

The SCO presents a concert of sparkling Viennese classics with a Russian twist to bring in 2009, featuring works by Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven and others. Directed by violinist Alexander Janiczek and presented by Jamie MacDougall. In Aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Great Contemporaries

Andrew Manze conducts Mendelssohn's 'Overture: The Hebrides', Sporh's 'Clarinet Concerto No 2' and 'Beethoven's 'Symphony No 7'. With Maximiliano Martín on the clarinet.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Ancient and Modern: Pärt and Bach

The Orlando Consort and SCO Strings, under the direction of Christopher George, perform JS Bach's 'Brandenburg Concerto No 3' and 'Brandenburg Concerto No 4' as well as Pärt's 'Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten' and 'Fratres'. 'Part of the East Neuk Festival'.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Adventurer

Garry Walker conducts the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet in the world premiere of Sally Beamish's 'Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Strings', as well as Stravinsky's 'Dumbarton Oaks', Gruber's 'Manhattan Broadcasts' and Wilson's 'Symphony No 5'. With a pre-concert conversation at 6.30pm between Sally Beamish and Garry Walker.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Director's Notes

First on the platform for the SCO's series of notable pianists who have also made a name as conductors is Finnish Olli Mustonen who plays and/or directs Prokofiev's 'Symphony No 1', Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor' and Mozart's 'Symphony No 39'.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Flute Concerto

Paul Meyer conducts Mozart and Poulenc, with Alison Mitchell on the flute.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Flute Concerto

Paul Meyer conducts Mozart's 'Flute Concerto in G', Poulenc's 'Sinfonietta' and Mendelssohn's 'Symphony No 4 Italian', with Alison Mitchell on the flute.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Cl@six

Mark Hindley conducts the SCO Chorus in a programme of Bach and Górecki titled 'Choral Splendour'. Last in the inaugural CL@SIX series.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Mackerras conducts Mozart

Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the music of Mozart with soprano Lucy Crowe, mezzo soprano Anna Stéphany, tenor Timothy Robinson and bass James Rutherford. Also featuring the SCO Chorus.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Concert

The SCO Ensemble performs Mozart's 'Kegelstatt' trio alongside the glorious 'Octet' for strings by Schubert. Just the thing for a Sunday afternoon.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Pianist Piotr Anderszewski is joined by David Watkin on the cello, in this programme of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Director's Notes

Pianist Piotr Anderszewski and cellist David Watkin feature in this programme of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, with both musicians taking the dual role of playing and directing the orchestra, the former as concerto soloist.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Schubert - A Musical Portrait

Olari Elts conducts the orchestra and German bass-baritone Stephan Loges in an evening of Schubert.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Director's Notes

Pianist Christian Zacharias directs an evening of Beethoven: 'Coriolan Overture', 'Piano Concerto No 2' and 'Symphony No 6 'Pastoral''.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Zacharias

Christian Zacharias is guest pianist in a programme that includes Mozart's 'Oboe Quartet in F' and 'Piano Quartet in G minor', and Reger's 'Serenade in G Op 141a'. With the SCO Ensemble.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Adventurer

Truls Mørk plays Hallgrímsson's 'Cello Concerto Op 30' with the SCO, whose programme also includes, Strauss' 'Metamorphosen' and Stuart MacRae's 'Birches'. Conducted by John Storgårds.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Robin Ticciati conducts as the orchestra plays the 'Overture' from Mozart's 'Don Giovanni', and his 'Violin Concerto No.5', as well as Brahms' 'Serenade No.1'. Tickets available from the Albert Halls Box Office.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Director's Notes

Stephen Kovacevich is both soloist and director in this programme of Mozart ('Symphony No 35 'Haffner'' and 'Piano Concerto in C, K 503') and Beethoven ('Symphony No 4').

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Sinfonia Concertante

Louis Langrée conducts Beethoven's 'Overture: Leonore No 2', Mozart's 'Sinfonia Concertante' and Schumann's 'Symphony No 4'. With Renaud Capuçon on violin and Antoine Tamestit on the viola.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Nelson and Napoleon

Beethoven's 'Symphony No 3 - Eroica' and Haydn's 'Nelson Mass' conducted by Olari Elts. Last SCO concert this season.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Mendelssohn's 'Overture: The Hebrides' and Beethoven's 'Symphony No 7' alongside Spohr's (a contemporary of both) 'Clarinet Concerto No 2'. Andrew Manze is conductor for the evening and Maximiliano Martin the clarinet soloist. With a pre-concert talk by Manze at 6.30pm.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Great Contemporaries

Andrew Manze conducts Mendelssohn's 'Overture: The Hebrides', Spohr's 'Clarinet Concerto No 2' and 'Beethoven's 'Symphony No 7'. With Maximiliano Martín on the clarinet. There will be a pre-concert talk by Manze at 6.30pm.

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