Full Steam Ahead!
On Wednesday 9 September, we will perform a new commission written especially for the opening of the new Borders Railway. The piece, Lament and Flourish, has been written by local composer Christopher Achenbach specially for the event, which marks the opening of the new line which will run between Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh Waverley.
The Queen will conduct the opening ceremony, alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, after which our players will perform the new work. This is followed by a performance of the same piece on Thursday 10 September in Selkirk’s historic Victoria Halls. Also in this programme, our award-winning Principal Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill displays his virtuosity and skill as soloist in Mozart’s irresistible Horn Concerto No 4 in E-flat, playing the work on natural horn.
In demand as both a soloist and an orchestral and chamber musician, Alec appears as a regular guest in many of the best orchestras and concert halls in the world. As well as being the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, he was named a BBC New Generation Artist in 2014 and was recently appointed Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Following his successful performances of Mozart's Horn Concerto No 3 with the SCO in April, we're looking forward to exploring another of these concertos with Alec.
Completing the programme is a performance of Sibelius’ atmospheric work Rakastava, paying tribute to the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Under the baton of young British conductor Ben Gernon, the concert comes to a close with a performance of Beethoven’s popular masterpiece, his Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’.