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“This is a performance of Les nuits d’été that is all of a piece, entirely at one with Berlioz and Gautier, and distinguished by a singer, conductor and orchestra who are palpably of like interpretive mind.” Gramophone, June 2013
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s latest release – Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été, recorded with Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati and mezzo soprano Karen Cargill – has been declared Gramophone Magazine’s Disc of the Month for June and is amassing critical praise.
The SCO leaves today for the 2013 Bath International Music Festival, which is under the artistic direction of Alasdair Nicolson, a good friend of the Orchestra.
The SCO Strings open the Festival with SCO Associate Artist Alexander Janiczek, directing from the violin. They perform Stravinsky’s ballet score Apollon Musagète, Pärt’s Fratres and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in the beautiful surroundings of Bath Abbey.
After receiving rave reviews for their vocal contribution to Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta’s recent sell-out dance performances, the Chorus will be performing in the beautiful surroundings and generous acoustic of Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirk on Saturday 8 June 2013.
“The black-clad members of the SCO Chorus emerged soundlessly from the shadows, as if waiting to gather Yanowsky into their midst, before their thrillingly sonorous rendition of Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium...” **** The Herald
Following their wildly successful collaboration last year, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is joining Pink Martini onstage at the Usher Hall once again on Tuesday 7 May, and it looks as though this concert will be as popular as their last.
Pink Martini was founded in 1994 by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale. The 12-piece orchestra’s romantic, multi-lingual repertoire ranges from classical to jazz to Cuban dance to Japanese film noir. They are equally at home on concert stages and in smoky bars.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is delighted to announce that Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati is extending his contract for the second time since taking up this position at the beginning of the 2009/10 Season, further consolidating his creative partnership with the SCO until at least 2018.
The SCO is thrilled to announce the launch of their SCO Connect Fellowship programme supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s Music Fellowship Scheme. This Fellowship scheme will enable composer Shiori Usui to work closely with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s award winning education and outreach department, SCO Connect from 2013.
Congratulations to staff from Preston Street Primary School who took part in the SCO’s Primary School Residency. As a result of working with the SCO they have received professional recognition by The General Teaching Council for Scotland for their creative learning work in the classroom The teachers received their awards at a ceremony held at the Scottish Parliament at a joint ceremony held with Creative Scotland and Education Scotland.
The 2nd of March provides the rare opportunity to hear the SCO Strings appearing with renowned Scottish singer-songwriter Horse on stage.
The SCO has had a great relationship with Horse over the years. They've appeared on stage together and recorded an album, Both Sides, a live recording of their concert at the Glasgow Barrowland.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is delighted that its recording of Mozart Symphonies 38-41 with Sir Charles Mackerras has been selected by iTunes on the list of 30 must-own classical 'Essentials' albums. The Telegraph has ranked the album No 8 within that collection.
It has recently been announced that the Byre Theatre in St Andrews has been forced to close due to financial problems.