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Anthony Marwood – The Musicians’ Musician

14 Oct 2022

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Anthony Marwood returns to direct the SCO with a special invitation from the players themselves. He really is the musicians’ musician and throughout his career has shown huge versatility in his music-making.

As a director and soloist Anthony has appeared with many of the world’s leading chamber orchestras: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and of course, the SCO!

An inspirational force for new music as well, he has had many concertos written for him by some of the world’s leading composers such as Thomas Adès, Steven Mackey and Sally Beamish.

A fine chamber musician also, he has a wide circle of regular collaborators including Steven Isserlis, Denes Varjon and James Crabb to name only a few. Anthony was also violinist of the Florestan Trio for sixteen years.

There comes a point when you wonder is there anything this man can’t turn his hand to. Well, it turns out the answer to that question is: No! He has collaborated with numerous actors, Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham, Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, sculptress Nicole Farhi and South African guitarist Derek Gripper. And not to mention he has Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist award on his mantlepiece!

From Darkness To Light…

We are delighted to wish Anthony a warm welcome back to Scotland to direct the SCO in November with a very personal selection of pieces.

This is music to bring a smile to your face – and maybe subvert your expectations too – as it moves from shadowy mystery to blazing brightness. Charles Ives poses profound questions of the cosmos, while Alexander Raskatov wittily interrogates Mozart. Haydn continues the wit in his stormy ‘Le soir’ before moving to the lush, romantic richness of Bruckner and Elgar providing stark contrast to three acerbic dances from Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale - a bittersweet music from a time of pandemic.

Anthony closes his exhilarating journey through musical worlds with Kurt Weill’s brilliantly entertaining Violin Concerto, full of the composer’s trademark sophisticated yet acidic tunes.

Here’s a little taster of what you can expect with Anthony when he joins us for his performances with the SCO in November. We do hope you can join us!

Is there nothing Anthony Marwood cannot do? He plays the violin, acts, dances, and can do all at once

BBC Music Magazine

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