Introducing...three new players!
We are delighted to welcome three new faces to our string section, and look forward to their first official appearances with the Orchestra at our Season Opener in October - Robin Ticciati conducting Mozart The Last Symphonies.
SCO Chief Executive Gavin Reid extends a warm welcome to our new players: “These players have been thrilling Scottish Chamber Orchestra audiences across Scotland with their expressive playing over the last few months. They each bring vast experience and creativity to their respective roles, all having played with many of the great chamber groups and orchestras across the UK. We are hugely looking forward to them joining the Scottish Chamber Orchestra family as we forge ahead in this new chapter for the SCO.”
Philip Higham - Principal Cello
Philip Higham joins the SCO as Principal Cello, returning to his home city of Edinburgh after having moved away for several years to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has since been in high demand as soloist with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Hallé, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the City of London Festival, Gower Festival and Lichfield Festival, and further afield in Germany, Turkey and the US. Higham has released recordings of the Britten and Bach solo suites to great critical acclaim, winning ‘Instrumental disc of the month’ in Gramophone Magazine and ‘Instrumental Choice’ in BBC Music Magazine, being lauded as ‘a 5-star performance’.
Speaking of his appointment, Higham said, “I am so happy to accept the position of Principal Cello with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and am very excited about the future with this special orchestra. It always feels like every player is as invested as the next, that the dynamic of the orchestra is much like the most satisfying kind of chamber music, and that there is a shared commitment to high quality, passionate music-making. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming concerts this season, especially the Mozart Last Symphonies in October, where the string players will all be playing on gut strings – it will be a real adventure, to explore these well-known masterpieces with a slightly different pronunciation, and also a challenge I know we will all relish!”
Marcus Barcham Stevens - Principal Second Violin
Marcus Barcham Stevens joins the SCO as Principal Second Violin. Barcham Stevens has made a career as a renowned soloist and chamber musician across the UK, having lead City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Aurora Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and played as Principal Second Violin for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. He is also member of the acclaimed Fitzwilliam String Quartet, and has been co-leader of the Britten Sinfonia since 2013.
Marcus commented, “I'm excited about taking up the job with the SCO. I have loved the recent projects I have played with the Orchestra. The close musical communication and interaction within a great chamber orchestra is what attracted me to the SCO.”
Felix Tanner - Sub Principal Viola
The third front-desk appointment for the SCO is that of Felix Tanner who will take up the position of Sub Principal Viola. Having studied at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, shortly before Higham, Tanner has gone on to play for all the notable British orchestras and became a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London in 2012. He has been a member of the Brodowski Quartet since 2007, with whom he has performed recitals throughout the UK and Europe, including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Higham, Barcham Stevens and Tanner make their first official appearances in post with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on 5-7 October 2017 with Robin Ticciati conducting Mozart’s Last Symphonies.