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SCO ReConnect

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SCO ReConnect is a programme of interactive, creative music workshops for people living with dementia, designed and delivered by SCO Connect. ReConnect provides weekly music sessions in which patients are invited and supported to sing, play instruments, improvise and listen. Building on the success of the first project in 2013, ReConnect 2014 returned to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. A specialist workshop leader and two SCO musicians led a series of hour-long group music-making sessions involving dementia patients, visiting family members and NHS staff.

SCO Chorus Director wins Choral Conducting Award

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Congratulations to our Chorus Director Greg Batsleer who has been awarded the 2015 Arts Foundation Choral Conducting award. This is the first time that the Arts Foundation have presented a Choral Conducting award at the ceremony, which was held in London last week. Greg has been Director of the SCO Chorus since 2009, building a strong relationship with the group and taking it to new heights. They will next appear on the stage in March to sing Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestra.

New Album from SCO Wind Soloists

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Following on from the successful recording of Weber Wind Concertos with SCO Principals as soloists, the Principals have returned to the recording studio, this time joined by their Sub Principals, to make a recording of Mozart Divertimenti. This new recording includes four of the five ‘Tafelmusik’ sextets for pairs of clarinets, bassoons and horns together with the E-flat serenade, the first of Mozart’s three great wind serenades.

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.