Performance Details

Serenade for Strings in E-Flat (30’)
The Fiddler’s Child (12’)
Symphony No 5 (36’)


Here are three people, all good friends, who just happen also to be amongst their nation’s foremost composers. This evening of Bohemian music is full of variety. The story goes that Dvořák criticised Suk for being too sombre, and encouraged him to lighten up – Suk responded by writing his Serenade and it became his most popular work. In contrast, Janáček’s Fiddler’s Child is like a whole dramatic opera condensed into 12 minutes – a brooding, tragic ghost story told by violin and orchestra. Swensen closes the evening with Dvořák’s sunny symphony: tuneful, spirited, uplifting music.

SCO Platform, 6.45pm - 7.10pm (St Andrews only)
Free for concert ticket holders
Performance by students from the University of St Andrews

Digital editions of the programmes are now available for sale for £2 from 
These can be purchased and read online or downloaded the morning of the first concert of the week. We will then make these available free of charge the following Monday. 
Traditional printed programmes will still be on sale at the venue for £3.

Joseph Swensen


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Joseph Swensen is Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Artistic Partner of the Northwest Sinfonietta (USA). Sharing his time between conducting and violin playing, Swensen is also Professor of Music (violin) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and has been appointed Visiting Professor (violin) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has previously served as Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Adviser of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (2009-2012), Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (1996-2005) and Principal Conductor of the Malmö Opera (2005-2011).

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Stephanie Gonley


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Stephanie Gonley has a wide-ranging career as concerto soloist, soloist/director of chamber orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the UK, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Manchester Camerata, The Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.

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