Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Haydn's The Seasons

Principal Conductor Designate Maxim Emelyanychev replaces Bernard Labadie to conduct his first concerts with the SCO since being announced as the next Principal Conductor.Maxim_Web

We announce today that Principal Conductor Designate Maxim Emelyanychev will replace an indisposed Bernard Labadie to conduct Haydn’s The Seasons this October.

These will be Maxim’s first concerts with the Orchestra since his appointment as Principal Conductor Designate was announced in May. Bernard Labadie has sadly had to withdraw due to minor surgery.

Chief Executive Gavin Reid explains: “We are disappointed not to have the opportunity to work with renowned Baroque and Classical specialist Bernard Labadie on this occasion, and we wish him a speedy recovery from his surgery. It is however fortunate Maxim has been able to step in, giving Scottish audiences the opportunity to see him in action prior to his first season as Principal Conductor in the 2019/20 Season.”


Haydn’s The Seasons takes place at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall (11 October) and Glasgow’s City Halls (12 October) - Tickets and More Information

Maxim and the Orchestra will be joined by the SCO Chorus and a fantastic line-up of soloists – soprano Lucy Crowe, tenor Andrew Staples and bass-baritone Neal Davies. The Seasons depicts many aspects of rural life through the four seasons of the year. It touches on friendship and love, success and hardship, and reaping the rewards of harvest after manual labour, and of wine. The more solemn ‘Ode to Toil’ caused Haydn to remark that, though he had been industrious all his life, he had never before been called upon to write music in praise of industry.

More about Maxim

Maxim has recently been on a major international tour with Gramophone-nominated Orchestra of the Year Il Pomo d’Oro, and soprano Joyce DiDonato. Future highlights include performances of Handel’s Rinaldo at Glyndebourne 2019, before he takes up his post of Principal Conductor with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in September 2019.

On his announcement as Principal Conductor, SCO Principal Cello Philip Higham explained: “Maxim Emelyanychev is truly exceptional with a brilliant mind, and has an incredibly mature understanding of not just music, but crucially, how to get a chamber orchestra of this level to use all of its very best attributes".

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