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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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Le Tombeau de Couperin (17')
Ophelia Dances (8')
Requiem (Songs for Sue) (12')
A Mind of Winter (10')
Mother Goose (29')
Glasgow-born Oliver Knussen was a towering figure in British music – and a regular collaborator with the SCO – until his untimely death in 2018.
Benjamin conducts his sprightly, Shakespeare-inspired Ophelia Dances alongside Knussen’s brief but powerful tribute to his own wife Sue, with exceptional soprano Claire Booth – for whom he conceived the work – as soloist.
Benjamin wrote his vivid A Mind of Winter for the SCO back in 1981, and he completes the concert with two ravishing works by Ravel: his touching tribute to four friends whose lives were cut short in World War 1, and his tender, funny, dazzling fairytale pieces to charm children and adults alike.
Digital editions of the programmes are now available for sale for £2 from https://issuu.com/scomusic 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.
One of today’s most prominent composer-conductors, George Benjamin was born in 1960 and began composing at the age of seven. In 1976 he entered the Paris Conservatoire to study with Messiaen, after which he worked with Alexander Goehr at King's College, Cambridge.
British soprano Claire Booth has become internationally renowned both for her commitment to an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, and for the vitality and musicianship that she brings to the operatic stage and concert platform.