Thu 24 Sep,19:30
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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Fri 25 Sep,19:30
City Halls, Glasgow
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Sat 26 Sep,19:30
Perth Concert Hall, Perth
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Performance Details

20/21 Season subscriptions and single ticket sales update: given the current situation we have decided to delay subscriptions and single ticket sales for now until there is more certainty about how and when concerts might be able to go ahead. We will update our website fully as soon as possible. Thank you. 

The Chairman Dances (12’)
Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor (24’)
Symphony No 6 ‘Pathétique’ (45’)


What better way to open the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 20/21 Season than by pairing these two remarkable artists; our Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and the nation’s most popular violinist Nicola Benedetti.

We begin with The Chairman Dances, described by John Adams himself as “a parody of what I imagined Chinese movie music of the ’30s sounded like”. This ‘Foxtrot for Orchestra’ features rich, romantic harmonies and pulsing minimalist rhythms, ending somewhat disconcertingly with the sound of a gramophone winding down. Of the nine major works that Bruch wrote for violin, his first Violin Concerto is easily the most popular. A matchless ability to balance melodic simplicity and virtuosity is exemplified in the Adagio, where soaring lines and bravura technical displays are tempered with the sweetness of a lullaby.

Tchaikovsky’s final symphony might famously be about death, but somewhat at odds with this, it is also a confident, energetic work, which he himself termed “the best thing I have composed”. What makes the piece so powerful? Without doubt it’s the way that Tchaikovsky lays bare his soul through the music – the ups and downs of life, the bright flashes of joy against dark, stormy clouds of despair. It is at once deeply personal and universal and therein lies its enduring power and appeal.

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.

Maxim Emelyanychev


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Maxim Emelyanychev became SCO Principal Conductor in September 2019. Maxim (31) is an outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors. 
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Nicola Benedetti


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Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.
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