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Ready to launch!

We are delighted to announce details of our 2012/13 Season!  It's packed full of great music and we hope you can join us to enjoy both familiar favourites and exciting premieres.

 

  Robin Ticciati  

© Marco Borrgreve

Chorusmaster and Commander

Described by critics as ‘brilliant’ and ‘stylish’, the SCO Chorus makes a rare appearance away from the Orchestra on Sunday March 18, when SCO Chorusmaster Greg Batsleer conducts in concert for the first time. We caught up with Greg to discover more about his approach to this upcoming a capella performance.


Colin Currie premieres 'Dance Variations'

Scottish-born percussionist Colin Currie joins the SCO to perform Sally Beamish's new concerto this week.  He recently spoke to us about his excitement for the new piece, his history with the SCO and the most unusual instrument he's ever played.


We’re really looking forward to the UK premiere of 'Dance Variations' – what can we expect?

That's all folks

SCO is home from its tour of Germany.  Thankyou to everyone who made it such fun and so rewarding!

A parting shot over our Maestro Ticciati's shoulder at Dusseldorf airport as he prepares for one of his forthcoming programmes; not with us sadly - the clue's in the scoring... 

 

Instruments: How the rest of us manage

Our tour winds to its conclusion here in Germany as we bomb down the Autobahn towards Dusseldorf. The fog has come down today, making the omnipresent wind turbines look alarmingly surreal as they slice through the cloud. Or perhaps that's just my hangover.

 

Robin Ticciati and the Orchestra on the road in Germany

SCO Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati and the Orchestra are on the road again, en route to tonight's performance in Aachen, the fifth stop of our tour of Germany. The sixth and final stop will be in Düsseldorf on Saturday.

Robin Ticciati and David Watkin

Robin Ticciati and Principal Cello David Watkin compare music scores aboard the SCO tour bus

© Rosenna East

Postcards from Germany

The Orchrestra is currently performing a six-date tour across Germany where they are joined by soloists Kit Armstrong and Andreas Brantelid. So far, they have visited Cologne, Essen and Wiesbaden. Next up are Mannheim, Aachen and Düsseldorf! Take a look at the story so far in pictures and make sure to keep up with our blog for more news from the tour.

So it goes: The Soloist and the Strad.

Andreas has a new cello.

The other day, he came out of a rehearsal to find he had a missed call on his phone. It was Truls Mork, the esteemed Norwegian cellist.

“I don't know if you know who I am...but I've got this Stradivari cello that I don't need...”

 

(Does this kind of thing happen often, one wonders, to international soloists?)

 

Kit Armstrong on tour with the SCO

The SCO tour continues in Germany with pianist Kit Armstrong performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 in Aachen and Düsseldorf.

Highlights of Cologne

As all professional touring musicians know, Cologne/Köln is everyone's favourite concert hall in Germany. Yes it looks good, it's funky, it's well designed, it's got great facilities, location, etc etc. And yes it sounds amazing. But if you know anything about touring, you know that when you get off stage there after the concert, you are immediately greeted by waitresses offering you a Kölsch – a delicious glass of free local beer.