Performance Details

In response to the unprecedented situation created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in line with advice from the Scottish Government concerning mass gatherings and events, it is with great regret that the SCO announces that all concerts up to 15 April 2020 are cancelled.

Overture, Der Freischütz (10’)
Piano Concerto No 19 in F, K459 (28’)
Suite Die Zauberharfe UK Premiere (c.40’)

ANDREW MANZE - Conductor
XAVIER DE MAISTRE - Harp          

Mozart’s Concerto in F major, K459, played on the harp? De Maistre’s transcription produces such a wide range of colour and dynamics so elegantly, that you may be quickly persuaded into thinking this an original harp concerto.

The concert kicks off with another tenacious battle for good in the overture to Weber’s mystical opera about a hunter’s pact with the devil. After the interval, the UK Premiere of The Magic Harp, first performed in 1820! With the libretto now lost, Professor Brian Newbould has reconstructed the music into an orchestral suite packed with supernatural elements and melodrama.

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.

Andrew Manze


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Andrew Manze has rapidly emerged as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors ofhis generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy mark him out.

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Xavier de Maistre


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Born in Toulon, Xavier de Maistre studied the harp with Vassilia Briano at his local conservatoire, before perfecting his technique with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot in Paris. He also studied in Sciences-Po Paris and then at the London School of Economics. In 1998 he was awarded first prize (and two interpretation prizes) at the prestigious USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington) and in the same year became the first French musician to be admitted at the Wiener Philharmoniker.

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