Thu 17 Dec,19:30
The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
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Fri 18 Dec,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.
To make sure you stay up to date with all the details of our reinvented performances, you can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on social media (FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube).  


Sinfonia to Cantata BWV 174 (6’)
Arias (Griselda; Juditha Triumphans) (11’)
Overture in D minor Op 4 no 2 (7’)
Brandenburg Concerto No 1, BWV 1046 (10')
Concerto Grosso in D major Op 3 No 3 (10’)
Arias (Ariodante) (20’)
Water Music Suite No 2 in D major (11’)


Celebrate the coming of the festive season with some of the best-loved Baroque music ever composed.

Formerly the SCO’s Principal Bassoon, Peter Whelan is in high demand as one of the UK’s most respected directors of early music, praised for his exuberant, energetic performances. He brings together two kaleidoscopic works by Bach – his splendid Brandenburg Concerto No 1 and the rumbustious Sinfonia to Cantata alongside Handel’s jaunty, jolly Water Music.

The Italian composer Francesco Barsanti spent several years working in Edinburgh and his crowd-pleasing works, together with arias from Handel’s Ariodante (set in medieval Scotland), add a Scottish twist to this programme of pomp and revelry, promising a Christmas concert full of sonic splendour.

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.

Peter Whelan

Conductor / Harpsichord

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Irish-born Peter Whelan is among the most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance of his generation, with a remarkable career as a conductor, keyboardist and solo bassoonist.
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Katie Bray


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Winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, British mezzo-soprano Katie Bray has become known for her magnetic stage presence and gleaming, expressive tone.
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