Performance Details

FAURÉ Requiem (37’)
BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique (50’)

Passion rules in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Season Finale! Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine brings an abundance of French panache in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique: unrequited love, a ‘Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath’, an intense vision of hell, and a bizarre and fantastic ending. In contrast, Fauré’s Requiem offers gentleness and intimacy, radiant with consolation – gloriously delivered by the sublime SCO Chorus and the soothing baritone of Rudolf Rosen.

Heinrich Heine perceptively described the Symphonie fantastique as “a bizarre sort of night piece, now and then illuminated by the sentimental whiteness of a woman’s robe fluttering to and fro or by a sulphur-yellow gleam of irony”.

Connect Insights 6.30pm
Fantastic Tales. Join storyteller Claire Hewitt and SCO Clarinet William Stafford as they conjure up Berlioz’s dark world of witchcraft and obsession. Presented in collaboration with TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland).

Emmanuel Krivine

Principal Guest Conductor

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Emmanuel Krivine is respected as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors whose elegant and colourful interpretations have made him a favourite with leading orchestras and soloists around the world. He is regarded as one of the foremost French musicians today and is Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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Brigitte Harrigan Lees

Treble Soloist

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Born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 2006, Brigitte now lives in Edinburgh.  She is currently a member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland National Girls’ Choir and studies singing with Libby Crabtree.  From 2015-2018 she attended St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh as a chorister with the Choir of St Mary's Cathedral, the only full-time cathedral choir in Scotland.  With the Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral, she made two recordings – one of Stravinsky Choral Works with musicians of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the other Mundy Sacred Choral Music. Brigitte has performed in France, Vienna, Bratislava and Prague, as well as various locations in the UK, including the Scottish Parliament and Durham Cathedral, and in a performance of Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Opera North.  She has been studying piano since the age of four and clarsach since the age of six and has won competitions on both instruments at the Edinburgh Competition Festival, as well as on clarsach at the Royal National Mod.


Rudolf Rosen


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After finishing his voice and art history studies at the University in his native city, Berne, Swiss baritone Rudolf Rosen won several awards and competitions (Geneva, Munich, Vienna). His activities, particularly as a concert and lied singer in recent years, have brought him to the most important European concert halls, including a recent tour through Europe with subsequent CD production of Haydn's "Creation" under Philippe Herreweghe. Several contemporary composers have written new works especially for him.

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SCO Chorus


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

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Gregory Batstleer

Chorus Director

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“What can so often seem like an endurance was here a euphoric success from start to finish... most impressive was the extraordinary detail he demanded and received throughout from Gregory Batsleer’s expertly-trained chorus; needle-sharp diction capable of cutting through the orchestral largesse, and expressive range intensified by the superb homogeneity of the voices” The Scotsman (Beethoven Missa Solemnis, April 2017)

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