The SCO is delighted to have Robert Levin with us again this week. Audiences and players alike were charmed by the American academic, pianist and conductor when he performed with the SCO in April. He has returned for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3 and a chamber concert of Haydn's Symphony 104 'London' arranged by Salomon.
This week, the SCO not only performs film scores, by Takemitsu, Saint-Saëns and Shostakovich, but also gives the world premiere of a new flute concerto by Australian composer Gordon Kerry. Principal Flute Alison Mitchell spoke about the upcoming performance on the 28th and 29th October in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Saint-Saëns’ soundtrack to the 1908 The Assassination of the Duke of Guise is one of the first film scores ever written.
SCO Connect were back on the road last weekend for Wind Farm. 39 amateur musicians descended upon Aberdeen to play together as a wind orchestra. The SCO's usual tuba player, Craig Anderson, joined us to conduct the weekend and SCO musicians provided coaching to everyone to help with those tricky bits.
Browsing the internet during the summer holidays, something big caught my eye; an opportunity to spend a week on work experience with the SCO. Wow! On the off chance I applied and a couple of months later I received a letter saying I had one of the places. And so, on the 10th of October I nervously went to the Usher Hall for my first day.
The conductor lifts his baton. The orchestra is poised to launch at his downbeat. The sense of expectation is palpable...Then a member of the audience starts chewing their fist. Another, further back, begins to wail. One has just let loose an audible burp, another is dribbling profusely and others have simply fallen asleep.
Immediately after opening the Season with Symphonie Fantastique, the Orchestra headed to the studio to record Berlioz's dramatic symphony with Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati. Aisling O'Dea (first violin) writes about the experience.