Performance Details

Serenade No 2 (29’)
Requiem in D-flat, Op 148 (43’) *

Young Brahms and Schumann at the end of his life share more sunlight than shadows in these two rarely-heard gems scored for modest and unusual forces (there are no violins in Brahms’ Serenade). Brahms dedicated his second and shorter serenade to Schumann's widow Clara in 1859, three years after the master’s death; the older composer seems reconciled with mortality in a surprisingly untroubled farewell. Richard Egarr brings with him a distinguished quartet of soloists to do justice to masterly simplicity.

Conductor Richard Egarr explores Schumann’s Requiem in conversation with SCO Sub Principal 2nd Violin Gordon Bragg.

*Please note that Rowan Pierce has replaced Elizabeth Watts as Soprano in Schumann's Requiem.

Richard Egarr


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Richard Egarr brings a joyful sense of adventure and a keen, enquiring mind to all his music-making - whether conducting, directing from the keyboard, giving recitals, playing chamber-music, and indeed talking about music at every opportunity. Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006, Egarr is also Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has a flourishing career as a guest conductor with orchestras such as London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestra.


Rowan Pierce


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Yorkshire born soprano Rowan Pierce is a Samling Artist. She has performed in masterclasses with artists including Dame Ann Murray, Olaf Bär, Caroline Dowdle, Simon Keenlyside, Roderick Williams, Elly Ameling, Sir Thomas Allen, Sir John Tomlinson and Dame Emma Kirkby. She has also performed with leading ensembles including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Daniela Lehner

Mezzo Soprano

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Austrian Mezzo-Soprano Daniela Lehner studied in Linz, Vienna, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She received scholarships to study on the Ravinia Festival Young Artists Programme, Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and the Music Academy of the West. Prizes include a ‘Georg Solti Scholarship’, ‘Rotary Prize’, ‘Prize of the Académie Musicale de Villecroze’, and First Prize in the ‘Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition’. In 2008 she received a ‘Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award’ and was a member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.


Thomas Hobbs


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Thomas Hobbs is in demand with many leading baroque and early music ensembles, appearing throughout Europe and the US as a soloist in key works from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Hobbs works frequently with, among others, Philippe Herreweghe and his acclaimed ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent and Raphaël Pichon and his Ensemble Pygmalion.


Ashley Riches

Bass Baritone

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Ashley Riches read English at Cambridge University, where he was a member of King’s College Choir. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2012-14.


SCO Chorus


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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus has built a reputation as one of Scotland’s most versatile choirs. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, it is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestral choruses in the UK.


Gregory Batsleer

Chorus Director

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Gregory Batsleer has held the position of Chorus Director with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2009, winning widespread critical acclaim for his work.

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