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Your Summer Tour Postcards

30 Jul 2021

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Accompanying our nostalgic summer tour postcards from our venue friends across Scotland, we have received touching memories from our loyal concertgoers.

We are so grateful to those who sent in their memories, from far and wide, of SCO visiting their communities and it has been a real treat for us to delve into our photo archives and relieve those days-gone-by! Though we are deeply missing our usual summer tour, it has been a delight to hear our audience’s warm reflections of the Orchestra playing in the rain and (occasional!) sunshine.

Concert at Thurso High School in 2019

From Susan – Thurso

I have so many fond memories of SCO concerts in Thurso - enjoying hearing your brilliant music but also watching the amazing interaction between your musicians as they perform. They always look like they are having so much fun! Your concerts totally embody what I love so much about LIVE music performances!

I remember an occasion in the early 1980s when the SCO were rehearsing in the tiny 'band room' of the now defunct Thurso Town Hall. As a beginner oboist, I had the absolute privilege to sit right in the middle of the wind players, following the music on the stand, just listening and being in total awe of Robin Miller and Maurice Checker. What a team; inspirational! I’m still playing, some 40 years on, so thank you very much SCO, for all the amazing work you have done with young musicians right since those early days!

Please come back to Caithness as soon as you possibly can! Missing you all!

Waiting for the concert to start at Kirkcudbrigh Cochran Hall in 2005

From David - Kirkcudbright

A few years ago I took two friends with me to your lovely concert at Kirkcudbright. There, I met friends who invited us to a gathering at their house after the concert. Little did I expect five or six members of the Orchestra to be there as well.. What a bonus to an already exciting evening. I particularly remember meeting your flautist from New Zealand . I think her name is Alison. My village friends not only enjoyed themselves but were very impressed by the company I kept!

I have found all your concerts memorable for one reason or another and have really missed your concerts here in Dumfries and Galloway and so look forward to your 'first' concert here. It will be a celebration!

All the best and keep playing. I think you are fabulous !

SCO Concert in St Ninians Church in 2019

From Alan - Turriff

The SCO has visited here for a Summer concert twice in recent years. Living in rural Aberdeenshire, it was a joy for me not to have the trek to Aberdeen, one hour away for the concert. I live only ten minutes from the hall. But what stands out for me was the prospect of listening to Dumbarton Oaks, a typical piece of chamber music by Stravinsky, commissioned while he lived in the USA. I was beside one of the few empty seats in the hall and I was joined just before the concert started by one of the Orchestra, who was not playing in the earlier pieces. We had an interesting discussion about music he had recorded on CD and about the evening's music. So it really added to my enjoyment of the excellent performance. The mountain came to Mohamed in several ways! It was a wonderful, warm evening and at the interval, we all spilled out into the glow of the sun with our coffees. I hope the orchestra can return to Turriff one Summer in the future.

Ullapool Village Hall with the SCO in 2006

From Win - Ullapool

I caught up with you one year in Ullapool. Very wet (torrential rain and a bit of flooding). But the atmosphere in the wee hall was fantastic and we were transported. Wonderful concert. A memorable experience as you can tell.

SCO Highland Tour programme 1999

From Seonaid - Grantown

It was a long time ago, but I remember enjoying an SCO concert on a very warm summer evening in Grantown Grammar School Hall with the fire escape doors open. Just a joy to have classical music within walking distance of home- a rare treat.

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