Thu 26 Nov,19:30
The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
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Fri 27 Nov,19:30
City Halls, Glasgow
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Performance Details

Whilst we are absolutely determined to return to the concert stage just as soon as possible, sadly it has become increasingly clear that we are not going to be able to perform our 20/21 Season programme as advertised. 
However, despite the current challenges, there is much that we are planning to present. Beginning in September, we will be undertaking our first ever series of streamed orchestral concerts, which will be free for you to enjoy.
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Violin Concerto (32’)
Overture, Die Zauberflöte K620 (7’)
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339 (28')




Our Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev returns for the second John Adams work of the Season. The brilliant young Czech violinist Josef Špaček will doubtlessly bring his big, enthusiastic musical personality to the endless melodies of John Adams’ captivating Violin Concerto, a workout of extreme physicality and high drama.

Mozart’s overture for his much-loved opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) needs little, if any, introduction – a joyously sunny delight.

For our final piece of the evening we remain in the hands of Mozart and his Vesperae Solennes De Confessore – Solemn Vespers. Originally intended for the celebration of an unknown saint’s day, it was to be Mozart’s final choral work composed for the magnificent setting of Salzburg Cathedral. Featuring bright, shining Allegros and a dazzling Magnificat, it is by turns lusciously operatic and deeply spiritual.

An exceptional quartet of soloists joins the superb SCO Chorus.

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

Conductor / Harpsichord

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Maxim is an outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors. Born in 1988 to a family of musicians, he studied conducting and piano in Nizhny Novgorod and then with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
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Josef Špaček


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Czech violinist Josef Špaček has gradually established himself as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation.
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Elizabeth Watts


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Elizabeth was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and studied archaeology at Sheffield University before studying singing at the Royal College of Music in London.
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Catriona Morison


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Winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Main Prize and joint Song Prize 2017, Scottish-German mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison was a member of the ensemble of Oper Wuppertal from 2016 until 2018 after which she became a resident artist there. 
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Thomas Walker


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Over the last two decades Thomas Walker has performed a vast range of repertoire from JS, JC and CPE Bach, through Handel, Gluck and Mozart, to Beethoven, Janacek, Honegger and Britten.
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Ashley Riches


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Ashley Riches went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House.
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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. Widely regarded as one of the finest orchestral choruses in the UK, it celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2016.
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Gregory Batsleer

Chorus Director

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Gregory Batsleer is acknowledged as one of the leading choral conductors of his generation.
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