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Filmed at Leith Theatre

Four iconic composers; four compelling musical visions. From deep tragedy to joyful celebration, join the SCO musicians across the Season as they send virtuosic performances from Scotland to the world, in four specially commissioned concert films recorded in Edinburgh’s historic Leith Theatre. Wherever you are, immerse yourself in the SCO’s online performance films of classic chamber and orchestral work, which capture intense emotions and virtuoso musicianship up close. Watch live across the year as each film is premiered online, or catch up on the performance for a whole month after its first broadcast date.

All performances are available to watch online for free for one month after broadcast date. Please note after this all links will be redirected back to this page.

Sally Beamish: Opus California

Thursday 19 October 2023, 7.30pm

Long-time Scottish resident, composer Sally Beamish was inspired by the warmth and sunshine of California in her radiant, Beethoven-influenced Second String Quartet, Opus California, combining humour, drama and vivid musical portraits of the Golden Gate Bridge and the beautiful Natural Bridges State Beach.

Thea Musgrave: The Seasons

Thursday 16 November 2023, 7.30pm

The remarkable Edinburgh-born, US-resident Thea Musgrave is one of Scotland's most revered composers, whose music brims with compelling drama. Her 1988 orchestral work The Seasons aligns the changing year with a human lifetime, from the destruction of autumn to icy winter, hopeful birdsong-filled spring to joyful summer.

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 1

Thursday 15 February 2024, 7.30pm

Felix Mendelssohn composed his First String Quartet in 1829 at the age of just 20, and set out to demonstrate to the world the drama and operatic intensity he was capable of. One of his violinists steps out of the ensemble almost as an operatic soloist, and the fairy music of the second movement might have come straight from his A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Sir James MacMillan: Tuireadh

Thursday 28 March 2024, 7.30pm

Like an ancient rite for the dead, an outpouring of grief and hopeful consolation, Tuireadh (Gaelic for 'lament') is one of the most powerful works by Scotland's greatest living composer, written as a memorial for the victims of the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster. Its gripping music moves from anguished fury to luminous compassion in a piece that never fails to move the listener.