Performance Details

GOUNOD Petite Symphonie (21’)
DEBUSSY (arr HENRI BÜSSER) Petite Suite (13’)
DEBUSSY Danse sacrée et profane (10’)
TANGUY Incanto (06’)
BERLIOZ Les Nuits d’Eté (31’)

Immerse yourself in the heady perfumes and scintillating colours of France, as François Leleux leads you through a rich collection of music from his native country, past and present. Dazzling British soprano Carolyn Sampson is the soloist in Berlioz’s sensuous Les Nuits d’Été, six heavily scented songs of love, loss and longing, with all the sumptuousness of a summer evening. Beforehand, Leleux takes in the ancient spirituality and sensuality of Debussy’s exquisite Danses, the infectious nonchalance of Gounod’s exuberant Petite Symphonie, and the bracing drama of contemporary composer Eric Tanguy’s effusive Incanto.


Dr Katie Overy, Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, and SCO musicians Eric de Wit (Cello) and Alison Green (Bassoon) discuss new developments in SCO ReConnect, the SCO programme for people living with dementia.

Dr Jane Bentley, community music specialist, and SCO musicians Su-a Lee (Cello) and Peter Franks (Trumpet) discuss new developments in SCO ReConnect, the SCO programme for people living with dementia.

François Leleux

Conductor / Oboe

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François Leleux is a special featured artist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the 2018/19 Season appearing as a Conductor / Soloist and in a Chamber Concert. He is renowned for bringing “bigger-than life personality” to his performances and his pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised.

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Carolyn Sampson


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Equally at home on the concert and opera stages, Carolyn Sampson has enjoyed notable successes in the UK as well as throughout Europe and the U.S. On the opera stage her roles have included Semele (Handel) and Pamina in The Magic Flute (English National Opera), Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), and Anne Truelove (Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress) and Mélisande (Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande), both in Sir David McVicar’s productions for Scottish Opera. Her concert engagements have included regular appearances at the BBC Proms but take her all over the world as both soloist and recitalist. 

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