Summer Tour - Where will you join us?
Each year, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra hits the road from June to September - along with internationally-acclaimed guest soloists and conductors - to bring inspiring live music to communities across the whole of Scotland.
Summer 2019 is no exception, with nearly 30 concert dates across the length and breadth of Scotland, from The Borders and Caithness, to the Outer Hebrides and Aberdeenshire.
Where will you join us? Click on a location to discover the full programme and artists featured in the concert.
Spanish clarinettist Maximiliano Martín is a tour de force, never failing to inspire audiences in his dual career as SCO Principal Clarinet and in-demand international soloist. His effortless phrasing and mellifluous tone, demonstrated in celebrated recordings of the clarinet repertoire, are what will make this performance of Mozart’s famous Clarinet Concerto magical.
Hungarian conductor Gábor Káli – winner of the prestigious 2018 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award – opens the concert with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, music inspired by the 19th century composer’s spectacular journey by steamer from Fort William to Tobermory. The unyielding energy of Beethoven’s playful Symphony No 4 makes for an exhilarating conclusion to the evening!
SCO Residency in Caithness (15 - 17 June)
Join SCO musicians as they visit Caithness for three days of wonderful music making! Babies, toddlers and their adults can enjoy Big Ears, Little Ears informal concerts at Lyth Arts Centre in Wick, and all are welcome for an evening SCO Chamber Concert at West Church, Thurso. Brass Ensemble members will be offered expert coaching, and musicians of all ages are invited to Come and Play at Thurso High School with the SCO and Caithness Music. Local primary schools will take part in Snail and the Whale musical storytelling workshops, and our musicians will visit care homes with ReConnect interactive workshops. More details to follow shortly...
Wit, ingenuity and entertainment are always at the heart of programmes with the eminent SCO Wind Soloists. Please join them as they make the Outer Hebrides their home for the week, with concerts on South Uist (St Peter's Hall), North Uist (Carinish Hall), Harris (Tarbert Community Centre) and Lewis, culminating in a showcase concert in Stornoway’s An Lanntair. There will also be pop-up events for babies and toddlers – watch this space for more details!
It’s a rare occasion for bass players to step forward into the spotlight as a concert soloist, as our superb Principal Double Bass Nikita Naumov does here! Composer Giovanni Bottesini – known as “Paganini of the Double Bass” – was instrumental to extending the capabilities of the double bass and Nikita’s performance will be a sure-fire demonstration of this.
Across the evening, Benjamin Marquise Gilmore dynamically leads the SCO Strings in bohemian rhapsodies of the folk-inspired Hungarian and Czech musical tradition.
East Neuk Festival Closing Concert
30 June - The Bowhouse, St Monan's
Conductor Joseph Swensen returns to East Neuk Festival for the first time in a decade, with music by Wagner, Mozart and Mendelssohn. He's joined by violinist Ben Baker and violist DiYang Mei.
The Orchestra’s superb principal Cellist Philip Higham is soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations – a work that tips its hat to the eighteenth century, but is utterly Romantic at heart.
The opening of Mozart’s ‘Paris’ Symphony is one of the grandest, most thrilling sounds, with Mozart making use of clarinets for the first time in a symphony. Conductor Philipp von Steinaecker continues the genial high spirits and passion in Haydn’s final Symphony, written when the conductor was staying in London.
The full orchestra will tour throughout Argyll and Bute, returning first to Oban where the SCO Strings gave an exhilarating concert last summer. The Orchestra also makes a long-awaited return to Dunoon, and will perform in Campbeltown and in Bowmore, Islay for the first time in more than 20 years.
New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson takes the baton for an exquisite programme including Mendelssohn’s much-loved and technically-challenging Violin Concerto. Soloist Benjamin Marquise Gilmore is certain to embrace this major piece of Romantic music with panache. The programme opens with a rarity: Saint-Saëns’ Orchestral Suite, and to close the night, Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No 2: a superb evening of music not to be missed!
Edinburgh International Festival dates to be announced in March, including the annual Virgin Money Fireworks concert in Princes Street Garden. Stay tuned!
British flautist Adam Walker landed the plum job of principal flautist with the London Symphony Orchestra aged only 21. He performs Nielsen’s witty and imaginative Flute Concerto, 15 years after demonstrating his astonishing virtuosity with this signature showpiece as a finalist in the 2004 BBC Young Musician of the Year.
Scandinavian conductor Daniel Blendulf directs stirring symphonies by “Father of the Symphony” J Haydn and his admired friend WA Mozart, a composer which Haydn described as “the greatest composer known to me by person and repute”.