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Achenbach Lament and Flourish (Selkirk only) (10') - Commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Waverley Line with financial support from Scottish Borders Council and Transport Scotland.
Sibelius Rakastava (11')
Mozart Horn Concerto No 4 in E-flat (16')
Beethoven Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’ (47')
Alec Frank-Gemmill Horn
Ben Gernon Conductor
At its premiere, Beethoven’s Eroica was described by one critic as “a daring, wild, fantasia of inordinate length and extreme difficulty of execution.” And what a magnificent masterpiece it is.
Mozart’s irresistible Horn Concerto presents the SCO's own award-winning Principal Horn Alec Frank-Gemmill, and the programme includes a 150th birthday tribute to Sibelius, his atmospheric re-composition for strings of an early choral piece.
The concert in Selkirk includes a performance of Lament and Flourish written by Christopher Achenbach to celebrate the opening of the Waverley train line. The work will be premiered at a special event to open the train line at Abbotsford House the day before our concert.
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Described by the Financial Times as a ‘phenomenon with a tone of golden purity, wraparound warmth and ecstatic afterglow’, Alec Frank-Gemmill has been Principal Horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2009. Frank-Gemmill was recently appointed Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship and was named a BBC New Generation Artist in 2014.
British conductor Ben Gernon studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he held the Conducting Fellowship. In 2013 he won the internationally acclaimed Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. He was appointed a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2013/14. He made his BBC Proms debut in the 2014 season, conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in music by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.