The SCO's summer touring season has started! Over the coming months, the Orchestra takes to the road bringing a varied programme of world-class guest artists and music of the highest quality to towns and villages across the country.
Check out the full listings to see when the SCO is playing near you and keep visiting the blog for up to date tour news and pictures from SCO players and staff throughout the summer.
This week the SCO begins its summer adventures with a bang as the Orchestra performs the world premiere of Howard Moody's Border Lines in Duns, Castle Douglas and Galashiels. It is a piece inspired by the natural beauty of The National Trust for Scotland’s Nature Reserve at St Abb’s Head. Over the past year, composer-conductor Moody has been working with pupils from Coldingham and Eyemouth Primary Schools and the Eyemouth Fishermen’s Choir and Mission Crew, getting to know the landscape and the people of the area and creating songs with them in celebration of their community.
Talking about the piece and its inspiration, Moody said:
“A boat trip and a cliff walk on a beautiful sunny day gave me the first dramatic impressions of the geological scale of the landscape. With the human history of asserting borders here, as well as the meeting of land and sea, the title Border Lines emerged.
“The breezy opening movement, St Abb’s Head, is full of birdsong – especially guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins – wind sounds and a sense of wellbeing. Then The Song of the Sea includes an old border melody and musical foghorns. The Darkest Hour reflects a moving speech given by one of the local mariners. The piece ends with Songs of the Fishermen that includes a mariner’s bell.
“It’s going to be incredible to perform the music in Duns and Galashiels, so close to the source of its inspiration.”
Keep an eye out for the SCO truck and wherever you are, we hope you can join us for some great music this summer!