The most romantic birthday gift?

Suckling - Did you know?

Did you know..? Recordings of church bells, pealed by the public across Scotland, are featured in a new work by Martin Suckling that marks the centenary of Armistice.

In November, we are also excited to welcome back the highly creative director and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, currently Artist in Residence at the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

He directs a programme of huge variety and emotional depth, culminating in Beethoven's Symphony No 8. Scottish composer Martin Suckling has created a brief musical response to the legacy of war and the feelings of commemoration, loss, joy, love and peace it brings. Following a mission to collect as many sound samples of bells from across Scotland as possible, Martin has used the recordings to form a live electronic tapestry of sound to surround the audience… this is sure to be a memorable and fitting occasion.

An intimate musical love letter...

Feelings of love pervade Richard Wagner’s intimate musical love letter, Siegfried Idyll, initially conceived as a birthday gift to his wife and daughter of Franz Liszt, Cosima Wagner. She described awakening on Christmas Day in 1870:

“As I awoke, my ear caught a sound, which swelled fuller and fuller; no longer could I imagine myself to be dreaming: music was sounding, and such music! When it died away, Richard [Wagner] came into my room with the children and offered me the score of the symphonic birthday poem. I was in tears, but so were all the rest of the household. Richard had arranged his orchestra on the staircase…”

Nicolas Altstaedt inspired audiences across Scotland during our summer tour with his mesmerising dual role as soloist and director. In November, he will direct Schumann’s Cello Concerto, much-admired by Schumann’s wife, Clara, for its “Romantic quality, vivacity, freshness and humour, and deep feelings one finds in all the melodies”.

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Altstaedt plays Schumann Cello Concerto in St Andrews (7 Nov), Edinburgh (8 Nov), and Glasgow (9 Nov) Book Tickets

Altstaedt plays Schumann Cello Concerto is proudly sponsored by insider.co.uk and match funded by Culture & Business Fund Scotland.

Martin Suckling's new work is kindly supported by Cruden Foundation and RVW Trust.