Aix-en-Provence Mozart Divertimenti Album Launch Tour

Aix-en-Provence 2015

In March 2015, the Orchestra left the colder climes of Scotland to tour Germany, Austria and France. With Robin Ticciati at the helm and Renaud Capuçon starring as violin soloist in both Beethoven and Lindberg Violin Concertos, the tour was a huge success, receiving rave reviews in Vienna, Munich and Toulouse. Our wind soloists stayed on at the end of the tour for two further concerts and some of our patrons made a trip to hear these performances while enjoying the beautiful sights and vibrant atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence.

Certainly the biggest challenging factor was the wind so we had to use clothes pegs to hold the music on the stands – I don’t think we would’ve been able to do it without those! Also, in the second concert we were competing with traffic noise and car horns which had its charm I suppose! There was one movement where Maxi’s music blew off the stand altogether in the second concert and he played from memory for about a minute – we thought it was absolutely heroic that he managed to keep going in these very adverse conditions. There was an element of theatre to it as well with music flying all over the place and the audience seemed to enjoy it even more when the music was flying around. Luckily Judith climbed onto the stage in the concert and gave the flying music back to Maxi.
William Stafford, Clarinettist
A lovely time to be in Provence. We were there for the music, that goes without saying, and what a feast we had: the wonderful concert with the orchestra playing as only they can. The Schubert, such a familiar piece, took on new depths. And then there was the SCO Winds concert in the square, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life and yet attracting tiny children and venerable gentlemen.
Eileen Thompson, Patron
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