Richard Egarr and Bach's Christmas Oratorio

If the weather is anything to go by, it definitely feels like the run up to Christmas.

What better way to celebrate the start of the Festive Season than with the SCO's performances of Bach's wonderful Christmas Oratorio in Edinburgh and Glasgow this week (1 and 2 December).

Musical Mondays

SCO Violinist David Chadwick has been working with SCO Connect on a new project: Musical Mondays

Musical Monday - David Chadwick

Leon Fleisher - Keyboard Titan Part Two

Legendary American pianist Leon Fleisher joins the SCO this week for a programme of Mozart and Beethoven, which marks his UK conducting debut. He is joined by his protégé, Nicholas Angelich, for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2 at the concerts in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Leon Fleisher - Keyboard Titan

American pianist Leon Fleischer has had a fascinating life; from child prodigy (and the impressive ability to trace his teaching lineage back to Beethoven), to being struck down by a debilitating illness that nearly ended his career, to his painstaking recovery and perseverance in regaining and reshaping his career.Leon Fleisher

St Abbs Music Project Update

The St Abbs Music Project has come to the end of stage one of working with the local communities.  Since June Coldingham and Eyemouth Primary Schools have been working with composer, Howard Moody, to write songs in response to the St Abb’s Head National Trust for Scotland (NTS) site.

Karen Cargill returns with Berlioz

The lovely Karen Cargill reunites with SCO Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati for Berlioz's romantic song cycle Les Nuits d'été this week in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

In this short video she tells us about the magic of singing Berlioz and performing with the SCO.


Work Experience - Grace Reid

Re-draft after re-draft of my application form, it was finally ready to post off to Lucy Lowe in the hope I would be successful in achieving a work experience placement at the orchestra I had heard so much about.

How Peter Franks changed my life

Kerry Tavakoli, a trumpet player and keen member of StAFCO, the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra, writes...

Last year, StAFCO was set up in St Andrews with a very enjoyable weekend for all and with lasting results for me – a very enthusiastic trumpet player.

Robert Levin - the art of arrangements

Sadly, we come to the end of Robert Levin Week.  It's been a joy to have him on the blog - he's a fascinating speaker and we've learned a lot.  We have one more concert with him on 6 November, Salomon's arrangement of Haydn's Symphony No 104 'London'. 

In the following film, Robert Levin tackles the subject of arranging music, the reasons for Mahler's many four-hand arrangements and looks at Haydn through Salomon's spectacles.

Watch a week of Robert Levin on film:

Robert Levin - bringing terror back to the concert hall

Pianist Robert Levin is known for his amazing improvised cadenzas.  In this short film he talks about the feeling of dangerous unpredictablity that cadenzas brought to world premieres in Beethoven's time, and goes on to draw parallels with Jazz, comparing Duke Ellington and Harlem to Vienna in the 1800s.

Previous blogs for Robert Levin Week:

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 3