Performance Details

*Please note change of conductor below*

Symphony No 8 ‘Unfinished’  (25’)
Mass in C minor, KV 427 (55’)

Schubert's two symphonic movements have always seemed perfect in themselves, a conversation between darkness and the frail light of lyric inspiration. The best known 'unfinished' work for chorus and orchestra is Mozart's Requiem but his C minor Mass of 1782 has proved resistant to successful completion. What we have, though, is full of inspiration, above all in the sublime Et incarnatus est which was sung by Mozart's then-fiancée Constanze at the first performance.

Change of Conductor

We are sorry to let you know that Guest Conductor Raphaël Pichon has had to withdraw from this week’s concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow due to illness.

We are very grateful that John Butt – acclaimed Musical Director of Scotland’s leading Baroque ensemble Dunedin Consort and Principal Artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – will conduct this week’s performances.

We wish Raphaël a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming him to Scotland in the future.

6.30pm Pre-concert recital by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

John Butt

Guest Conductor

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John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow, musical director of Edinburgh's Dunedin Consort and a Principal Artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His career as both musician and scholar centres on music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but he is also concerned with the implications of the past in our present culture.

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Anna Dennis


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Described by the Times as a “delectable soprano and a serene, ever-sentient presence”, Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker. Notable concert performances have included Britten’s War Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie, a programme of Russian operatic arias with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco...

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Mhairi Lawson


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Whilst still a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mhairi won the International Early Music Network Young Artists Prize with the fortepianist Olga Tverskaya, which led to her first CD recording of Haydn’s English and Scottish Songs.

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Robin Tritschler


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Acclaimed for his "radiantly lyrical" voice, Irish tenor Robin Tritschler has garnered praise from critics and audiences for his performances.  In concert, Robin has appeared with many leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Vladimir Jurowski), L’Orchestre National de Lyon (Yutaka Sado)...

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Christian Immler


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From the Tölzer Knabenchor as a boy alto to singing as a soloist all over the world, German baritone Christian Immler has spent years making music of the highest quality. 

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SCO Chorus


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.

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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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