The SCO has made a significant contribution to Scottish life, not just in what it provides culturally, but in what is given back to the community. Outside the concert hall, SCO players inspire people of all ages in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes, places of work and community centres through the work of SCO Connect, the SCO’s creative learning team.
In the 2016/17 Season, together with Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati in what will be his eighth season, the SCO performs several works by Richard Strauss including his Wind Concertos with SCO Principals Alec Frank-Gemmill, Maximiliano Martín and Peter Whelan as soloists. The SCO Chorus, directed by Gregory Batsleer, enjoy performances of Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Mozart's Coronation Mass as well as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. There is also a focus on Mozart with soloists including Kristian Bezuidenhout and Maria João Pires. December includes a celebration of Scotland's music hero - Peter Maxwell Davies.
Together with Ticciati, the Orchestra has released five recordings, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (2012), Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été & La mort de Cléopâtre (2013), Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (2014) Schumann Symphonies and Haydn Symphonies 31, 70 & 101. The full discography exceeds 150 recordings.
The Orchestra’s long-standing relationship with Conductor Laureate, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, resulted in many exceptional performances and recordings, including two multi award-winning albums of Mozart Symphonies (Linn).