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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is soon to perform the Scottish premiere of James MacMillan’s brilliant Oboe Concerto, a superbly crafted work for both solo instrument and orchestra, which was met with wide critical acclaim at its world premiere in Birmingham in 2010. The concerto takes inspiration from one of his earlier compositions, In Augustiis, in turn based on the popular L’homme armé melody, which composers have been drawing on for centuries.
François Leleux will take the solo role in the Oboe Concerto – his last performance with the Orchestra in 2010 included the UK premiere of Albert Schnelzer’s The Enchanter, which earned high praise from reviewers, in particular for Leleux’s virtuosity as soloist.
Thierry Fischer will conduct the concerto in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow (30 and 31 January and 1 February), framed by two perennial favourites: Stravinsky’s entertaining Pulcinella Suite and Mendelssohn’s vivacious Symphony No 4 ‘Italian’.