Performance Details

MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Incidental Music (40’)
MENDELSSOHN Die erste Walpurgisnacht (36’)

Mendelssohn's enchanting music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream has to be the most famous and beloved Shakespearean score of all time, but, what is a ‘Walpurgisnacht’? Think Halloween crossed with Beltane. In April, people across Northern and Eastern Europe dress up as witches and wizards, light bonfires, feast and are jolly. Mendelssohn celebrates by setting Goethe’s tale of ancient Druids outwitting the intolerant local Christians who want to ban their pagan rituals, and quite simply has a lot of choral fun with it. From the cracking overture to the big triumphant close, the pace never lets up.

Mischief and Magic - Storyteller Anna Lehr and SCO Flute Alison Mitchell invite concertgoers of all ages into Mendelssohn’s imagined worlds with timeless tales and musical magic. Presented in collaboration with TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland).

Laurence Equilbey


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Conductor and musical director of Insula orchestra and accentus, Laurence Equilbey is acknowledged for her demanding yet open-minded approach to her art. This concert marks her debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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Hilary Summers


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Born in South Wales, contralto Hilary Summers studied at Reading University, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera studio. She has recorded over forty albums spanning works from the early baroque period to the present day and has sung in most of the major concert halls and opera houses of the world.

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Martin Mitterrutzner


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Austrian tenor Martin Mitterrutzner had his first experience on stage aged ten as First Boy in Mozart’s Magic Flute, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. He was trained by Brigitte Fassbaender. Recent and future operatic roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute (Semperoper Dresden and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden); La Calisto at the (Bavarian State Opera, Munich)...

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Huw Montague Rendall


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Rising young baritone Huw Montague Rendall is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music. As a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, he sang the role of Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for which he was also awarded the much coveted John Christie Award 2016. 

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