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A rousing concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the SCO Chorus, brings together radiant music of celebration and faith for chorus and orchestra, directed by renowned historical performance expert and SCO Associate Artist Richard Egarr.
There’s a sense of awe and exultation throughout Bach’s magnificent Magnificat, for which the SCO and its Chorus are joined by a fine line-up of international soloists. Mendelssohn weaves hymn melodies into his mighty ‘Reformation’ Symphony, and his Verleih uns Frieden is a moving prayer for peace. Egarr begins the concert with the resplendent Overture from Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite.
CHORUS INSIGHTS: 6.30pm
Gregory Batsleer and members of the SCO Chorus celebrate the Chorus’ first 25 years.
Richard Egarr brings a joyful sense of adventure and a keen, enquiring mind to all his music-making. He is equally happy conducting, directing from the keyboard or playing concerti (on organ, harpsichord, fortepiano or modern piano), giving solo recitals, playing chamber-music, and indeed talking about music at every opportunity.
Whilst still a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mhairi won the International Early Music Network Young Artists Prize with the fortepianist Olga Tverskaya, which led to her first CD recording of Haydn’s English and Scottish Songs.
As a soloist Mhairi has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide with such companies as English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants, The Gabrieli Consort and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and with many leading conductors such as William Christie, Sir Charles Mackerras, Paul McCreesh, Jane Glover and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in repertoire ranging from traditional folksong to opera.
Austrian Mezzo-Soprano Daniela Lehner studied in Linz, Vienna, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She received scholarships to study on the Ravinia Festival Young Artists Programme, Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and the Music Academy of the West. Prizes include a ‘Georg Solti Scholarship’, ‘Rotary Prize’, ‘Prize of the Académie Musicale de Villecroze’, and First Prize in the ‘Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition’. In 2008 she received a ‘Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award’ and was a member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.
Andrew Tortise was a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2002. He studied singing first with Ashley Stafford and now with Iris dell’Acqua.
Concert plans this season and beyond include Arnalta in Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea with Academy of Ancient Music; Elijah with the Bach Choir; Ode to St Cecilia and Brockes Passion for the Bilbao Handel Festival; Bach St Matthew Passion on a European tour with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment including Amsterdam and Paris; Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Ex Cathedra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Haydn Nelson Mass in Amsterdam with the Britten Sinfonia.
Peter Harvey arrived at Magdalen College, Oxford to study French and German, and though he soon afterwards changed course to music, his love of languages has always remained at the heart of his singing. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music London, where he won prizes in a number of international singing competitions, including the Walther Grüner International Lieder Competition, English Song Award, and Peter Pears Award. He has made around a hundred recordings in repertoire spanning eight centuries, with an emphasis on music from the High Baroque.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus has built a reputation as one of Scotland's finest and most versatile choirs. Members enjoy a unique opportunity to perform with one of the world¹s leading chamber orchestras, working regularly with international conductors including Robin Ticciati, Olari Elts, Joseph Swensen, Richard Egarr, John Storgårds and Emmanuel Krivine.
"..... it was the performance of Gregory Batsleer's chorus that was the best thing in a Requiem that was profound and moving" - ***** Herald, March 2015
Gregory Batsleer has held the position of Chorus Director with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2009, winning widespread critical acclaim for his work. As well as preparing the Chorus for regular performances with the Orchestra, he has conducted the Chorus in various engagements outside the Season. Recent highlights include performances with international ballet dancer Carlos Acosta and at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, and the final concert of the 2014 St Andrews Voices Festival.