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Donald MacDonald becomes Life President of the SCO

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We're delighted to announce that Donald MacDonald has accepted the position of Life President of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

2014 was an eventful year for the SCO, celebrating its 40th Anniversary, touring in Europe and the Far East and celebrating the remarkable 29 year term of Donald MacDonald as the Orchestra’s Chairman.

Olari Elts replaces Robin Ticciati in SCO concerts this week

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Conductor Olari Elts will replace Robin Ticciati in concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra this week in Edinburgh (3 December), Ayr (4 December), Glasgow (5 December), and Perth (6 December). Robin Ticciati has unfortunately had to withdraw as he is unwell.  

Robin Miller, SCO Principal Oboe 1976 - 1989, has passed away

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Robin Miller, SCO Principal Oboe 1976 - 1989, has sadly passed away after a long illness.

SCO Chorus Scholarship Programme

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The SCO Chorus is launching an exciting new Scholarship Programme in the 2014/15 Season. We are looking for talented young singers aged between 18 and 23 who are keen to pursue a singing career at the highest level.

The aim of this unique Scholarship Programme is to provide an opportunity for up to 4 young singers, preferably one young singer of each voice type, who would like to develop their musicianship and choral singing with one of the country’s finest orchestral choruses.

Introducing the new Scottish Chamber Orchestra Tartan

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We are delighted to announce that a tartan has been exclusively designed by Kinloch Anderson, Scotland’s foremost experts in Highland Dress since 1868, to celebrate the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's 40th Anniversary! 

SCO Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill is named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist

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BBC Radio 3's drive-time show In Tune announced today the BBC Radio 3's 2014 New Generation Artists – we are delighted that SCO Principal Horn Player Alec Frank-Gemmill is one of six new artists from around the globe that BBC Radio 3 believes will be the classical music stars of the future.

This award will provide Alec the chance to develop his live and recorded performances, including broadcasts with BBC Orchestras, lunchtime concerts from around the UK and regular studio recordings, as well as forming chamber music collaborations with fellow NGAs.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra nominated for a 2014 Arts and Business Award

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We are delighted to be included in the shortlist for the 2014 Arts & Business Scotland Awards in the International category. This nomination recognises our partnership with First State Investments in relation to our successful international tour earlier this year. Together with Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati and pianist Maria João Pires, we performed six high profile concerts to over 8,500 people in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, all at world-class venues including the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

SCO Announces New Appointments

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Joanna Shaw as the Orchestra’s new Sub Principal Flute, Duncan Ferguson as Sub Principal Viola and Laura Comini as Second Violin, sitting no 3.

Joanna’s previous appointments include Principal Flute with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, Sub Principal Flute of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and Principal Second Flute with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, a position she held for six years.

Music for the Medal Ceremonies

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The SCO was selected to record the soundtrack to accompany the medal ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The medal ceremonies are the pinnacle of achievement for the athletes and an emotional spectacle for both audiences inside the venues and for the thousands watching at home from across the Commonwealth.

SCO appoints Emmanuel Krivine as Principal Guest Conductor

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Emmanuel Krivine as the Orchestra's new Principal Guest Conductor.

Emmanuel and the Orchestra have enjoyed a close relationship for many years, having performed together since the late 1990s. This renewed partnership will allow the conductor and Orchestra to explore new opportunities and repertoire together, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio. Emmanuel’s appointment as Principal Guest Conductor will begin officially in September 2015 for an initial period of four years.