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A sensational year of music planned with the SCO

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra has announced its 2018/19 season, which feature a host of exceptional international soloists and conductors.

There will a a variety of exceptional international conductors and soloists weaving together a journey of discovery through musical stories.

The world-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. The SCO aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear their music by touring the length and breadth of Scotland and around the world as proud ambassadors for Scottish cultural excellence.

Gavin Reid, SCO chief executive said: ‘It is always an exciting moment unveiling a new Season.

‘For me, programming always starts with the musicians and our new season is one in which visiting artists and musical stories weave their way through our concerts as we welcome a host of quite exceptional international conductors and soloists – some old friends and some new ones – to make music with our wonderful Orchestra.’

A busy year is ahead for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Highlights this year include:

Special featured artists including François Leleux, Carolyn Sampson and Bertrand Chamayou;

An Orchestra of Soloists; solo performances from seven Principal Players – Benjamin Marquise Gilmore, Stephanie Gonley, Jane Atkins, Philip Higham, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Maximiliano Martín and William Stafford;

SCO debuts from internationally-renowned artists – Vilde Frang, Bernard Labadie, Reinhard Goebel, Laurence Equilbey, Daniele Rustioni and Nicholas Alstaedt;

A three-year partnership with Nicola Benedetti in the Quilter Cheviot Benedetti Series;

Stellar soloists: Carolyn Sampson, Bertrand Chamayou, HĂĄkan Hardenberger, Francesco Piemontesi, Colin Currie, Paul Lewis and accordionist Owen Murray;

New music by John McLeod, Martin Suckling, Jonathan Dove, Anna Clyne and special 60th birthday celebrations with Sir James MacMillan;

Year of Young People – Scottish Chamber Orchestra attracts a thousand under 18s to concerts The Scottish Chamber.

A busy 2018 has been lined up for the orchestra

The new season showcases an exceptional range of soloists, conductors and composers. French oboist / conductor François Leleux joins the line-up of featured artists appearing throughout the Season. He plays and conducts three separate programmes including a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Berlioz with a performance of Les Nuits d’Eté, with another featured artist, the captivating British soprano Carolyn Sampson.

Known to Scottish audiences for her critically acclaimed performances in Scottish Opera’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Sampson returns to the SCO later in the Season to sing Purcell and Handel with Richard Egarr. Berlioz’s anniversary is also celebrated by renowned French conductor Emmanuel Krivine closing the Season with Symphonie Fantastique, paired with Fauré’s Requiem.

A third featured artist is accomplished French pianist Bertrand Chamayou who joins the Orchestra twice – first playing Beethoven with Principal Guest Conductor Emmanuel Krivine and then, with Spain’s leading conductor Josep Pons, returning to perform Maurice Ravel’s sparkling Concerto in G.

Alongside the celebration of Berlioz, a taste of France permeates this Season with works from Ravel, Messiaen, Fauré, Debussy, Gounod, and Tanguy.

Find out more at the SCO website by clicking HERE.