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Conductor Jonathan Cohen will replace Richard Egarr in performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra next week in Edinburgh (Queen’s Hall, 12 December) and Glasgow (City Halls, 13 December). Richard Egarr has unfortunately had to withdraw due to falling ill with ‘flu.
Our 2013/14 season marks a year of celebration for our 40th Anniversary. To mark the occasion we have made our archive materials available to you for the first time.
We would like you to help us build our new online archive by uploading your SCO stories and photographs. Do you have a favourite memory of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra or any photographs of an SCO experience? Whether they are from forty years ago or four months, we want to hear from you! Upload them here
SCO Principal Clarinettist Maximiliano Martín announces the release of his latest recording with pianist Julian Milford, featuring iconic late works by Brahms: the two clarinet sonatas, coupled with Fantasies by Denmark’s most important Romantic composer Niels Gade (if you like Schumann and Brahms, then you’ll love these Fantasies).
SCO Connect is pleased to announce the beginning of a two year residency at Sunnyside Primary School in Glasgow which will begin in September 2013. Building on the experience of our pilot Primary School Residency at Preston Street Primary School in 2011/12, this residency aims to embed the Orchestra in the life and community of the primary school. Working in partnership with the school, Platform in Easterhouse and composer Matilda Brown, a variety of creative work will be planned for each term in the academic year.
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of two new Associate Artists to the SCO.
Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati reveals: “The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is a free artistic community made up of exceptional musicians. It is with pure joy and excitement that I welcome Karen Cargill and Martin Suckling to join us as Associate Artists. It was a dream of mine to invite both these two exceptional people to be part of our future.
We're delighted that the SCO’s recording of Mozart Symphonies 38-41 with the late Sir Charles Mackerras is iTunes Essential Classical Album of the Week.
“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.