Swiss composer Frank Martin’s arrangement for strings of his organ Passacaglia – a set of variations on a ground bass – prefaces two English masterpieces. Often heard these days with a tenor soloist, Benjamin Britten wrote his songcycle with its brilliant illumination of Rimbaud poetry for Swiss soprano Sophie Wyss. After its hallucinatory restlessness, there’s a more serene tone to Vaughan Williams’ most radiant symphony, incorporating music from his opera The Pilgrim’s Progress. Andrew Manze has been making his mark with Vaughan Williams in Scotland; now he brings his symphonic approach to the SCO.
CONNECT INSIGHTS, 6.30pm
Dr Katie Overy (Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Edinburgh) and SCO musicians Donald Gillan (Cello) and William Stafford (Sub-Principal Clarinet) discuss their work with SCO ReConnect, our programme for people living with dementia.
Dr Jane Bentley (Community Music Specialist) and SCO musicians Alison Green (Sub-Principal Bassoon) and Peter Franks (Principal Trumpet) discuss their work with SCO ReConnect, our programme for people living with dementia.
Andrew Manze has rapidly emerged as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire together with his rare skillas a communicator and his boundless energy mark him out.
Fox was born in Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, and studied Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and singing at the Royal College of Music. She won the 1997 Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 2000 John Christie Award. She made her professional debut as Karolka (Jenůfa) for Glyndebourne Festival in 2000, also singing Zerlina with the company that season.