Through the eyes of…. Alec Frank-Gemmill
You’ve have had a wonderful decade-long career here at the SCO, what have been your musical highlights?
I've honestly never thought about highlights before! One of the things that makes me most proud to be part of SCO is how consistently excellent the Orchestra is. So isolating individual moments is not easy. That said, especially memorable concerts include Schubert’s Great C Major (aka Great Sea Monster) in Vienna, Beethoven 3 at the Proms and wind chamber music earlier this year at the Wigmore Hall. In the latter, especially, my colleagues played like unbelievable heroes.
This January, you perform Mozart Horn Concerto No 4 – a piece you’ve probably performed with a variety of orchestras, what makes this forthcoming concert different? What are you most looking forward to?
This concert is different because it's on the natural horn. Admittedly I played K495 without valves in St. Andrew's 6 months ago and I did a (similar!) Mozart concerto with Richard Egarr conducting a few years back. However, this will be my first time working with Reinhard Goebbel, who sounds like an incredibly interesting musician. I've also borrowed an original Viennese instrument (from SCO supporter Martin Prowse) for this project - I hope it will help me bring something fresh, as well as convincing, to the performances.
This February you’ll sadly be stepping down as our Principal Horn and so, what’s next for AFG?
I'd love to give you a clear answer because I actually thrive on a plan. However, I am playing with various different groups over the next year and will just see what happens. I'm also hoping to shift focus more towards conducting (it's much easier than playing the horn!) and to keep my solo playing up to snuff. I'll really miss the SCO - it's the best - but it is definitely time I left Edinburgh...
Alec Frank-Gemmill plays Mozart Horn Concerto No 4 in Edinburgh (17 Jan), Glasgow (18 Jan), and Aberdeen (19 Jan) - BOOK TICKETS
Our Aberdeen concert is proudly sponsored by Adam & Company.