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New Work (15’) (UK Premiere, co-commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra)
The Lark Ascending (13')
A Shropshire Lad (11')
Five Mystical Songs (20’)
Serenade to Music (14')
Nostalgia and deep spirituality pervade this all-British concert under regular SCO collaborator Andrew Manze, increasingly respected worldwide for his remarkable insights into English music.
Exceptional young German baritone Benjamin Appl makes his SCO debut in the haunting melancholy of Butterworth’s tender A Shropshire Lad, indelibly associated with those lost in the Great War, and he returns for the lush grandeur of Vaughan Williams’ ravishingly beautiful Five Mystical Songs alongside the SCO Chorus.
Following a brand new work by our Associate Composer Anna Clyne, Vaughan Williams’ ever popular The Lark Ascending is sure to delight, and the concert closes with the sensuous sweetness of his languorous tribute to the power of music.
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.
In addition to a busy touring schedule within Germany, in the 19/20 season the NDR Radiophilharmonie return to China, following their highly successful autumn 2016 tour, and make their BBC Proms debut.
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore grew up in England and studied with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Conservatory, as well as with Julian Rachlin, Miriam Fried, and members of the Artis quartet and the Altenberg trio.
Hailed as ‘the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists’ (Financial Times), baritone Benjamin Appl is celebrated by audiences and critics alike for a voice that ‘belongs to the last of the old great masters of song’.
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.
Gregory Batsleer has held the position of Chorus Director with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2009, winning widespread critical acclaim for his work.