Thu 3 Dec,19:30
The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
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Fri 4 Dec,19:30
City Halls, Glasgow
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Sat 5 Dec,19:30
Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen
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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 Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) (10’)
Symphony No 5 (27')
Variations on a Rococo Theme (18’)
Symphony No 8 ‘Unfinished' (23')


Two contrasting symphonies by Schubert form the backbone of Maxim Emelyanychev’s richly Romantic concert.

Schubert wrote his Fifth when he was just nineteen, and it dazzles with effortless tunes and youthful exuberance. Just six years later, Schubert was a very different composer when he packed a whole symphony’s worth of innovation and brooding power into the two movements of his rightly celebrated ‘Unfinished’.

SCO Principal Cello Philip Higham makes a welcome return as soloist in the glorious lyricism of Tchaikovsky’s warm-hearted Rococo Variations, which pushes its soloist to remarkable feats of virtuosity.

To begin, take a stormy trip to the far-flung Isle of Staffa in Mendelssohn’s timeless Hebrides Overture.

SCO Platform in Edinburgh and Glasgow: 6.45pm
Edinburgh: Performance by pupils from St Mary’s Music School
Glasgow: Performance by students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 
Free to concert ticket holders

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 is an outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors.
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Philip Higham


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Born in Edinburgh, Philip studied with Ruth Beauchamp at St Mary's Music School and subsequently at the RNCM with Emma Ferrand and Ralph Kirshbaum.
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