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Four composers; four singular visions of music; one fantastic venue.

FILMED AT LEITH THEATRE

Discover – or rediscover – fresh sounds and new musical voices across four specially-conceived music videos filmed in Edinburgh’s iconic Leith Theatre. Join us across the year as each work is premiered online, showcasing the SCO’s exceptional musicians in both intimate and larger scale gatherings.

All performances are available to watch online for free for one month after broadcast date.

SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No 8

Thu 5 Jan 2023, 7.30pm

In just three days of white-hot creativity in 1960, Dmitri Shostakovich composed what would become his most powerful and most widely admired chamber work. His String Quartet No 8 is one of his most personal, unflinchingly honest pieces.

In music ranging from bleak despair to savage humour to whirling energy, it’s an unforgettable, profoundly cathartic experience, given a special video performance by a quartet of the SCO’s outstanding string players.

PRICE String Quartet No 1

Thu 9 Feb 2023, 7.30pm

Florence Price was the first African-American woman composer to have her music performed by a major US orchestra. Neglected after her death in 1953, her bold, vibrant music is undergoing a much-needed rediscovery, allowing today’s listeners to enjoy again her passionate mix of Brahmsian richness, jazz and African rhythms.

A quartet of the SCO’s string players explores the opulent harmonies and gentle lyricism of Price’s 1929 First String Quartet, which brings Tchaikovskian tenderness to traditional spiritual melodies.

NGWENYAMA Primal Message

Mon 6 Mar 2023, 7.30pm

Nokuthula Ngwenyama is a Los Angeles-born viola player and composer of Zimbabwean/Japanese parentage, globally respected as a virtuoso champion of her instrument and a uniquely eloquent, communicative composer.

Her 2018 Primal Message imagines the first contact we detect from elsewhere in the cosmos – or, perhaps, the most fundamental communication we exchange with each other. Tender and optimistic, Ngwenyama’s visionary work celebrates the joyful power of music to connect and unite.

GREENWOOD Water

Thu 6 Apr 2023, 7.30pm

Best known as one fifth of rock band Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood is now equally respected as a composer of Oscar-nominated film soundtracks and powerful works for the concert hall that straddle boundaries between classical, experimental and contemporary music.

Inspired by lines from a poem by Philip Larkin, his 2014 Waterimagines light bouncing and refracting within a glass of liquid, in a delicate, luminous soundscape of rippling musical currents and kaleidoscopic harmonies for flutes, piano, string orchestra and the gentle strumming of Indian tanpuras.