Concerts & Tickets

Early Evening Concerts 2012/13 - October

Tickets: £8 / £6 / £3 students. Available at the door.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is Orchestra in Residence at the University of St Andrews. As part of this partnership, the two organisations are collaborating on a number of projects to complement the Orchestra’s concert season at the Younger Hall. One such collaboration is featuring SCO players and associates in the Early Evening Concert Series.

For details visit www.st-andrews.ac.uk/music, call 01334 462226 or drop in to the University Music Centre at the Younger Hall.

Ticciati conducts Così fan tutte

Tickets: £10 - £29 (concessions available)
  • Mozart

Opening the 2010 SCO season with a thrilling Don Giovanni, Robin Ticciati set some kind of a precedent!

Now he follows it with Mozart’s sharp, dark, sexy comedy of young love betrayed: two men are tempted to test their lovers through a cruel deception, then pay the price in heartache and sorrow when the women fall into the trap. It’s a heart-wrenching tale which inspired great operatic writing from Mozart; sublime moments such as the trio, Soave sia il vento, and great arias including Un aura amoroso. Ticciati is joined by a brilliant cast of singers: just what you would expect from a conductor who is the toast of the operatic as well as the orchestral world.

Ticciati conducts Così fan tutte

Tickets: £13 - £27 (concessions available)
  • Mozart

Opening the 2010 SCO season with a thrilling Don Giovanni, Robin Ticciati set some kind of a precedent!

Now he follows it with Mozart’s sharp, dark, sexy comedy of young love betrayed: two men are tempted to test their lovers through a cruel deception, then pay the price in heartache and sorrow when the women fall into the trap. It’s a heart-wrenching tale which inspired great operatic writing from Mozart; sublime moments such as the trio, Soave sia il vento, and great arias including Un aura amoroso. Ticciati is joined by a brilliant cast of singers: just what you would expect from a conductor who is the toast of the operatic as well as the orchestral world.

The Romantic Age

Tickets: £12 - £21 (concessions available)
  • Berlioz
  • Mendelssohn
  • Beethoven

Musically, the 19th century was a golden era. To this day, its music brings the age of Romanticism alive: that time of sweeping change, tumult, war, revolution and passion is celebrated in this concert. Berlioz wrote King Lear a year after his Symphonie Fantastique: it is easily as vivid and dramatic, full of grand-guignol tumult, but pathos and tragedy too. It makes a powerful complement to Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony, which Ticciati conducts for the first time in Scotland. Don’t miss the SCO Season debut of the young German violinist Veronika Eberle: currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, she inspires reviews extolling her ‘star quality’ and ‘electrifying’ performance’.

The Romantic Age

Tickets: £10 - £29 (concessions available)
  • Berlioz
  • Mendelssohn
  • Beethoven

Musically, the 19th century was a golden era. To this day, its music brings the age of Romanticism alive: that time of sweeping change, tumult, war, revolution and passion is celebrated in this concert. Berlioz wrote King Lear a year after his Symphonie Fantastique: it is easily as vivid and dramatic, full of grand-guignol tumult, but pathos and tragedy too. It makes a powerful complement to Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony, which Ticciati conducts for the first time in Scotland. Don’t miss the SCO Season debut of the young German violinist Veronika Eberle: currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, she inspires reviews extolling her ‘star quality’ and ‘electrifying’ performance’.

The Romantic Age

Tickets: £13 - £27 (concessions available)
  • Berlioz
  • Mendelssohn
  • Beethoven

Musically, the 19th century was a golden era. To this day, its music brings the age of Romanticism alive: that time of sweeping change, tumult, war, revolution and passion is celebrated in this concert. Berlioz wrote King Lear a year after his Symphonie Fantastique: it is easily as vivid and dramatic, full of grand-guignol tumult, but pathos and tragedy too. It makes a powerful complement to Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony, which Ticciati conducts for the first time in Scotland. Don’t miss the SCO Season debut of the young German violinist Veronika Eberle: currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, she inspires reviews extolling her ‘star quality’ and ‘electrifying’ performance’.

Musical Magicians

Tickets: £13 - £27 (concessions available)
  • Debussy (arr. Zender)
  • Cresswell
  • Takemitsu
  • Ravel

Many have attempted to translate Debussy’s Preludes from piano to orchestra, but none succeeds better than Zender. With an intuitive way of getting under the skin of the music, he is a magician in the same class as Ravel, whose timeless Mother Goose completes the evening. Lyell Cresswell knows the SCO well and has written a stream of dramatic, high-impact pieces for the Orchestra. His new work is unusual: a concerto for trio and orchestra.

Musical Magicians

Tickets: £10 - £29 (concessions available)
  • Debussy (arr. Zender)
  • Cresswell
  • Takemitsu
  • Ravel

Many have attempted to translate Debussy’s Preludes from piano to orchestra, but none succeeds better than Zender. With an intuitive way of getting under the skin of the music, he is a magician in the same class as Ravel, whose timeless Mother Goose completes the evening. Lyell Cresswell knows the SCO well and has written a stream of dramatic, high-impact pieces for the Orchestra. His new work is unusual: a concerto for trio and orchestra.

Swensen conducts the 'Rhenish'

Wed 24th Oct

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19:30, Ayr Town Hall
Tickets: £19 / £22 (concessions available)
  • Walton
  • Barber
  • Schumann

Swensen and Kirshbaum – two long-time SCO favourites – return for a delightful evening of music-making. Kirshbaum first recorded the Barber concerto with the SCO back in the 1980s, and it is still one of the top recommended recordings. It has plenty of Barber’s warm mellow lyricism about it, but a good bit of spark and punch too. Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ was actually his last symphony. It is often mentioned in the same breath as Beethoven’s Fifth, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Come expecting heroics and full-blooded Romanticism, delivered with Swensen’s signature passion and sweep.

Tickets are available from April 2012 from Ayr Citadel and Leisure Centre, South Harbour Street, Ayr or 01292 269793

Swensen conducts the 'Rhenish'

Tickets: £10 - £29 (concessions available)
  • Walton
  • Barber
  • Schumann

Swensen and Kirshbaum – two long-time SCO favourites – return for a delightful evening of music-making. Kirshbaum first recorded the Barber concerto with the SCO back in the 1980s, and it is still one of the top recommended recordings. It has plenty of Barber’s warm mellow lyricism about it, but a good bit of spark and punch too. Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ was actually his last symphony. It is often mentioned in the same breath as Beethoven’s Fifth, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Come expecting heroics and full-blooded Romanticism, delivered with Swensen’s signature passion and sweep.

Swensen conducts the 'Rhenish'

Tickets: £13 - £27 (concessions available)
  • Walton
  • Barber
  • Schumann

Swensen and Kirshbaum – two long-time SCO favourites – return for a delightful evening of music-making. Kirshbaum first recorded the Barber concerto with the SCO back in the 1980s, and it is still one of the top recommended recordings. It has plenty of Barber’s warm mellow lyricism about it, but a good bit of spark and punch too. Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ was actually his last symphony. It is often mentioned in the same breath as Beethoven’s Fifth, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Come expecting heroics and full-blooded Romanticism, delivered with Swensen’s signature passion and sweep.

Swensen conducts the 'Rhenish'

Tickets: £10 - £21 (concessions available)
  • Walton
  • Barber
  • Schumann

Swensen and Kirshbaum – two long-time SCO favourites – return for a delightful evening of music-making. Kirshbaum first recorded the Barber concerto with the SCO back in the 1980s, and it is still one of the top recommended recordings. It has plenty of Barber’s warm mellow lyricism about it, but a good bit of spark and punch too. Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ was actually his last symphony. It is often mentioned in the same breath as Beethoven’s Fifth, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. Come expecting heroics and full-blooded Romanticism, delivered with Swensen’s signature passion and sweep.

European Tour: Rotterdam

Tickets: €7.50 - €42
  • Wagner
  • Mozart
  • Beethoven

As life-affirming and joyful a programme as you could wish, performed by some of the finest musicians in the world. Pianist Maria João Pires plays Mozart's quick-witted Piano Concerto No. 17 and the SCO opens with Wagner's magnificent Siegfried Idyll and closes with Beethoven's Symphony No 6.