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Scottish Chamber Orchestra concerts in St Andrews

Text of St Andrews 2013/14


  • Cover shot image by Marco Borggreve / Photograph by Marco Borggreve

    As Byron writes in his Stanzas for Music,

    There be none of Beautys daughters With a magic like thee; And like music on the waters Is thy sweet voice to me.

    Thee here is our beloved Music and it is through a wonderful array of programmes that I invite you to join us for the Scottish Chamber Orchestras 40th Anniversary Season. Thanks to your support the SCO is able to fight strongly through the financial situation we find ourselves in, to bring you thrilling concerts, education events and a chance to meet members of the Orchestra.

    Its a huge pleasure to welcome some special guest artists, including Jaime Laredo who has had a long and deep relationship with the Orchestra and Associate Artist Richard Egarr who brings a rip-roaring account of Mozarts Jupiter. We also welcome one of the greatest living Bach interpreters, Masaaki Suzuki.

    The unlikely and unassuming figure of Antonin Dvok makes his mark with the SCO as we take a closer look into his world. The intimate miniatures and the ebullient dances weave their way through the Season.

    Finally, two titans of the British violin join us Tasmin Little to play Ligetis Violin Concerto and Nicola Benedetti for Mozarts fifth concerto, the Turkish.

    Is there a birthday wish from the SCO as it reaches the grand age of 40? There is! To exceed the remarkable achievements of our first 40 years and continue to celebrate, with you our audience, the gift of music one of Byrons daughters of Beauty.

    I look forward to welcoming you all!


    Join us for our 40th Anniversary Season

    ...Ticciati reached that brief, wonderful moment where the

    sun suddenly shines on the music and it just blossoms.

    The Herald

    Ticciatis flowing conducting allowed the music to

    breathe deeply.The Guardian

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  • Mr Suzukis BachYounger HallWednesday 13 November 7.30pm

    MENDELSSOHNSinfonia No 8 (31)

    BACHCantata 82: Ich habe genug (24)

    MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 5 Reformation (27)

    MASAAkI SuzukI ConductorPETER HARVEy Baritone

    One of the greatest living Bach interpreters, Masaaki Suzuki, makes his SCO debut in music by the great man himself, and by his greatest admirer Felix Mendelssohn. Suzuki places Bachs searching, poignant cantata at the heart of the programme, contrasting it with early and mature Mendelssohn either side of it.

    The Sinfonia was one of twelve written before Mendelssohn was fourteen, and you can just hear him striding into Haydns, Mozarts and Schuberts territory with all the confidence of youth. The Reformation is simply one of the great symphonies of the age.

    Mozarts JupiterYounger HallWednesday 5 March 7.30pm

    SCHUBERT Symphony No 2 in B-flat (29)

    HAYDNPiano Concerto in D (20)

    MOZARTSymphony No 41 Jupiter (30)

    RICHARD EgARR Conductor/Piano

    Egarrs musical homeland is Bach and Handel the very composers who so deeply inspired Mozart in his later years. The magnificent power of the Jupiter owes so much to them and the magic of Egarrs interpretation lies in his ability to bring all his understanding of their work to Mozarts masterpiece. Schuberts teenage symphony is a delight of a very different colour. Its a staggering testament to his brilliance at such an early age.

    Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm (free to ticket holders) Richard Egarr in conversation with Dr Michael Downes, Director of Music at the university of St Andrews, about the music in this programme.

    DVOKRomance for Violin and Orchestra (12)

    SAINT-SANS The Muse and the Poet (16)

    DVOKSilent Woods (7)

    MENDELSSOHNSymphony No 3 Scottish (40)


    Old friends return to the SCO in this atmospheric programme that paints Romantic landscapes from Bohemia to Scotland. Husband and wife, Laredo and Robinson have been performing with the Orchestra for decades; the first half puts each of them in the solo spotlight and also brings them together for Saint-Sans rapturous The Muse and the Poet. Its a sweeping ecstatic duet the perfect showpiece!

    Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm (free to ticket holders) Sharon Robinson provides insights into The Muse and the Poet and performing with husband Jaime Laredo.

    Romantic LandscapesYounger HallWednesday 16 October 7.30pm

    Photograph by Marco Borggreve

    Photograph by Marco B


    Photograph by Marco B


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  • Mozarts violin concerto is a joyous showstopper for Scotlands favourite violinist.DVOK

    Slavonic Dances from Op 72 (20)

    LIGETIViolin Concerto (28)

    HAYDNSymphony No 31 Horn Signal (25)

    DVOKSlavonic Dances from Op 46 (20)


    This concert includes the music of three composers who occupied neighbouring territories in Eastern Europe at different times over the past three centuries a fascinating time-travelling blend of much-loved masterworks with the perhaps less familiar, but no less brilliant music of Ligeti. But there is a further hidden theme here: the Horn. Instrument of postmen and hunters, beloved of misty-eyed Romantics, full blooded dramatists and sharp-witted avant-gardistes, bringing the SCOs horn section to the fore.

    Tasmin Little is a distinguished British soloist who takes the concerto spotlight in this concert. She ventures into the wilds and fantasies of Ligetis masterpiece. Its a rollercoaster ride of a piece, his violin concerto, but worth every minute you spend getting to know it.

    Slavonic DancesYounger HallWednesday 19 March 7.30pm

    Photograph by Decca & Simon Fowler

    BEETHOVENOverture, Egmont (9)

    MOZART Violin Concerto No 5 in A Turkish (31)

    BEETHOVENSymphony No 4 (34)


    Brilliant, tuneful, rhythmic, exotic thats what Turkish meant to Mozart, and his violin concerto is a joyous showstopper for Scotlands favourite violinist. Jrmie Rohrer is a formidable conductor who has been building a terrific career in Europe, especially in the opera house. Egmonts fiery blast will be special a perfect comple ment to the softer loveliness of the fourth symphony.

    Benedetti plays MozartYounger HallWednesday 23 April 7.30pm

    Photograph by Paul Mitchell

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  • Music by Mendelssohn, Crusell, Poulenc and Ponchielli.


    SCO string players perform music by Haydn, Mozart and others.

    Tickets for Early Evening Concert Series:8 / 6 seniors / 3 students. Available at the door.

    Early Evening Concert Series Scottish Chamber Orchestra Orchestra in Residence

    For details visit, phone 01334 462226 or call in to the university Music Centre at the younger Hall.

    Join an SCO string quartet for a short, informal concert of popular classics specially created for you and your baby. Its a tut-free, baby-friendly zone, so no need to worry about gurgling, laughing, crying or screaming. you and your baby can share the enjoyment and pleasure of a fabulous live music experience. Take a seat, relax and lose yourself in the music.

    Tickets available in advance from the box office.

    6.50 adult 5.00 babies/children aged 12 months or over(babies under 12 months FREE with paying adult)

    The St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra meets weekly to make music and have fun! There are no auditions and all players are welcome, from adult learners to advanced musicians andthose who havent played for years.

    The music will include pieces from the SCO Season and there will be informal concerts to show off everyones hard work.

    To join the Orchestra, contact the St Andrews Music Centre

    Tel: 01334 462226Email: [email protected]

    Big Ears,Little Ears

    Wednesday 12 March 2014 11am

    St Andrews & Fife Community OrchestraWednesday evenings during term time 7.15pm 9.30pm

    The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is Orchestra in Residence at the university of St Andrews, complementing the Concert Season with a number of collaborative projects. These include an Early Evening Concert Series, pre-concert talks, master-classes and the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra (StAFCO). This season we are also pleased to present our baby-friendly concert Big Ears, Little Ears in St Andrews for the first time.


    Residence University of St Andrews

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    Wednesday 12 March 2014 5.30pm Wednesday 30 October 2013 5.30pm

    Photograph by Marco Borggreve

    Photograph by kirsten H


    Photograph by Jen Ow


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    hrh the Prince Charles, duke of rothesay Patron

    robin ticciati PrInCIPal ConduCtor

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