An audience with Kristian Bezuidenhout in St Cecilia's Hall

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As part of Kristian Bezuidenhout’s week with the SCO, we also managed to steal him away for a special event for SCO Patrons who enjoyed an intimate audience with the acclaimed player and director.

Last Tuesday, members of the SCO Management, Patrons and Principal Cello Su-a mingled inside the historic St. Cecilia’s Hall. The building itself which dates back to 1763 has a fascinating history, having previously been a masonic lodge and  a dance hall among other things before being acquired by the University of Edinburgh to house the expanding instrument collection. Patrons were treated to an after-hours tour of the collection by museum curator and SCO Chorus soprano Dr. Jenny Nex. While we were shown some of the highlights of the vast collection of historic instruments and even treated to a little sample by our talented tour guide on a beautiful Virginal dating back to 1668, Kristian was already warming up on a John Broadwood & Sons Fortepiano, an instrument he personally selected to play form the museum’s collection.

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Once the tour had drawn to a close, we gathered in the Sypert Concert Room where Kristian spoke about his thoughts on the week’s programme, his process of selecting music and his interpretation of a how a young Mozart was beguiled by the sounds of CPE Bach. However, the icing on the evening’s cake was Kristian’s performance of two pieces by Haydn and Mozart on the Broadwood. Following such a truly enchanting performance, our guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the Music Museum with the opportunity to chat to Kristian.

Patrons Reception

For Patrons attending the concert on the 22 November, we hope that you will be able to join us for our Patrons Reception following the concert in the Upper Circle Bar. The event is free to attend for Patrons, but if you have not yet registered please get in touch using the details below.

For more information on Patron events and supporting the SCO, please contact Laura Hickey on 0131 478 8344 or laura.hickey@sco.org.uk.