SCO Summer Touring & Recording 2013

19 Apr 2013 in Argyll & the Islands, Highland, Moray, Music



SCO takes the high road and the low road, far and wide, for a summer of significant touring and recording


18 concerts across Scotland in cathedrals, community halls, castles, barns, leisure centres and schools


Appearances at six international music festivals in Britain and Europe


Robin Ticciati conducts four concerts at Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and San Sebastián Festival


35th anniversary of SCO touring to the Highlands and Islands


Following the final concert of the 2012/13 season on Friday 10 May, the SCO embarks on a busy summer timetable encompassing six tours around Scotland, six festival appearances at home and abroad and three recording sessions, before the beginning of its 40th Anniversary Season in October 2013.


Scottish Tours


The SCO has a long heritage of performing throughout Scotland and this summer celebrates its 35th consecutive year of touring to the Highlands and Islands, its 11th South of Scotland tour and its 7th Autumn Classics Tour visiting towns across the centre of the country.


SCO Chief Executive Roy McEwan comments:

“Leading up to the 40th Anniversary Season, the 2013 summer touring marks some significant milestones in the Orchestra’s history and is a great time to reflect on this important aspect of our work and to reinforce the SCO’s commitment to serving the whole of the nation. The SCO is truly Scotland’s own orchestra and we are delighted to take our music-making to so many towns and villages across the country, as well as across the border and overseas.”


Particular highlights of the Scottish tours include a week in July when SCO Strings and SCO Wind & Brass go their separate ways on tour, maximising the SCO’s reach to an even wider audience. The celebrated British violinist Anthony Marwood leads SCO Strings in a programme that includes Mendelssohn’s Concerto in D minor at performances in Inverness, Portree and Dunblane, while SCO Wind & Brass traverse to Oban, Tobermory and Strontian with a programme featuring Dvořák’s Czech Suite and Beethoven’s Octet.


The SCO summer season also showcases the virtuoso talents of a number of the Orchestra’s Principals who perform as soloists in their own right. In August, SCO Associate Artist and violinist Alexander Janiczek directs a three-date tour to Kingussie, Thurso and Findhorn, featuring oboist Robin Williams, clarinettist Maximiliano Martín, bassoonist Alison Green and horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill in a programme featuring Schubert’s Symphony No 3.


Festival performances at home and abroad


The SCO is also busy with prestigious festival appearances over the summer period including the East Neuk, Lammermuir, BBC Proms and Edinburgh festivals – climaxing with its annual tradition of closing the Edinburgh International Festival with the magnificent Virgin Money Fireworks Concert on Sunday 1 September.


The SCO has always been a frequent visitor to the BBC Proms and makes its 2013 appearance with Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati in a concert comprising all the hallmarks of a Ticciati and SCO pairing; music from Berlioz’s King Lear and Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony. Ticciati recently renewed his contract as Principal Conductor of the SCO for the second time since taking up this position at the beginning of the 2009/10 season, further consolidating his creative partnership with the Orchestra until at least 2018.


Later in August, Ticciati and the SCO travel to San Sebastián Music Festival in Spain to perform Fauré’s Requiem with the esteemed baritone Sir Thomas Allen and Isaac Waddington, winner of the 2012 BBC Young Chorister of the Year.


SCO in the recording studio

Studio sessions slot into the summer schedule with recording partner Linn Records. Following the South of Scotland tour in May the SCO records favourite Mozart overtures and operatic arias with conductor Christian Baldini and mezzo-soprano Katija Dragojevic and is then joined by German conductor Jun Märkl and pianist Ingrid Fliter to record both Chopin Piano Concertos.


Box office details for all concerts are available at


Bath International Music Festival

STRAVINSKY Apollon Musagète

PÄRT Fratres



Alexander Janiczek

SCO Strings


Wednesday 22 May 8pm BATH Abbey


Bath International Music Festival

MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Intermezzo, Nocturne & Scherzo

MOZART Piano Concerto No 22

MOZART Overture, Don Giovanni

STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite


Alexander Janiczek Piano/Director

Christian Ihle Hadland Piano


Thursday 23 May 7.30pm BATH Forum


South of Scotland tour

MOZART Overture, Idomeneo

HAYDN Symphony No 102

WEBER Clarinet Concertino*

MOZART Overture and Aria ‘Se l’augellin sen fugge’ from La finta giardinera**

MOZART Overture and Arias ‘Parto, parto’; ‘Deh, per questo’ from La clemenza di Tito**

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 1


Christian Baldini Conductor

Katija Dragojevic Mezzo Soprano**

Maximiliano Martín Clarinet*



Thursday 30 May 7.30pm LANGHOLM Buccleuch Centre

Friday 31 May 7.30pm DUNS Volunteer Hall

Saturday 1 June 7.30pm KIRKCUDBRIGHT Cochran Hall


* Kirkcudbright only

** Langholm and Duns only


Highlands tour: June


WEINER Divertimento No 1, Op 20

IBERT Flute Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 3


Gergely Madaras Conductor

Alison Mitchell Flute


Thursday 27 June 8pm STIRLING CASTLE Great Hall

Friday 28 June 8pm STRATHPEFFER Pavilion

Saturday 29 June 8pm DUNDEE Gardyne Theatre


East Neuk Festival


REICHA Horn Trios

LIGETI Bagatelles

DVOŘÁK Serenade


James Lowe Conductor

SCO Ensemble


Friday 5 July 11:30am CELLARDYKE Church


East Neuk Festival


MESSIAEN Appel Interstellaire

HONEGGER Pastorale d’été

RAVEL Mother Goose Suite

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’


Christian Zacharias Conductor

Alec Frank-Gemmill Horn


Sunday 7 July 5pm CAMBO Barn


SCO Strings tour


ELGAR Serenade for Strings

MENDELSSOHN Concerto in D minor

SIBELIUS Suite for Violin and Strings

BRITTEN Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge


Anthony Marwood Director/Violin

SCO Strings


Thursday 11 July 8pm INVERNESS Eden Court Theatre

Friday 12 July 8pm PORTREE Fingal Centre

Saturday 13 July 8pm DUNBLANE Cathedral


SCO Winds tour


BEETHOVEN [arr. Reader] Overture, Coriolan

HAYDN London Trio


D’INDY Divertimento Op 50

DVOŘÁK [arr. Sheen] Czech Suite

SCO Wind & Brass


Thursday 11 July 8pm OBAN St John’s Cathedral

Friday 12 July 8pm TOBERMORY Mull Theatre

Saturday 13 July 8pm STRONTIAN Sunart Centre


Highlands tour: August


SCHUBERT Five German Dances with Seven Trios and a Coda

MOZART Sinfonia Concertante for Winds

BEETHOVEN Romance in F

SCHUBERT Symphony No 3


Alexander Janiczek Director/Violin

Maximiliano Martín Clarinet

Alison Green Bassoon

Alec Frank-Gemmill Horn


Wednesday 7 August 8pm KINGUSSIE Badenoch Centre

Thursday 8 August 8pm THURSO High School

Friday 9 August 8pm FINDHORN Universal Hall


Edinburgh International Festival


DEBUSSY [arr. Sachs/Arnold Schoenberg] Prélude a l’après-midi d’un faune

SCHOENBERG Verklaerte Nacht

WEBERN Five Pieces

FAURÉ Requiem


Robin Ticciati Conductor

Isaac Waddington Treble

Sir Thomas Allen Baritone

National Youth Choir of Scotland


Saturday 17 August 7.30pm EDINBURGH Usher Hall


BBC Proms


BERLIOZ Overture, King Lear

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor

BACH [trans. Benjamin] Canon & Fugue from The Art of Fugue

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 3


Robin Ticciati Conductor

Stephen Hough Piano


Monday 19 August 7pm LONDON Royal Albert Hall


Edinburgh International Festival


HAYDN Symphony No 104 ‘London’

BEETHOVEN Prometheus


René Jacobs Conductor


Sunday 25 August 7.30pm EDINBURGH Usher Hall


Quincena Musical de San Sebastián


BERLIOZ Overture, King Lear

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 3


Robin Ticciati Conductor

Stephen Hough Piano


Tuesday 27 August 8pm SAN SEBASTIÁN Kursaal


Quincena Musical de San Sebastián


BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont

SCHOENBERG Verklaerte Nacht

FAURÉ Requiem


Robin Ticciati Conductor

Isaac Waddington Treble

Sir Thomas Allen Baritone

Orféon Donostiarra


Wednesday 28 August 8pm SAN SEBASTIÁN Kursaal


Edinburgh International Festival: Virgin Money Fireworks Concert


SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture

MUSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition


Garry Walker Conductor


Sunday 1 September 9pm EDINBURGH Ross Bandstand


Autumn Classics tour


BEETHOVEN Overture, Coriolan

KODÁLY Summer Evening

BEAMISH Flodden world premiere*

STRAUSS Horn Concerto No 1**

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 4


Joseph Swensen Conductor

Shuna Scott Sendall Soprano*

Alec Frank-Gemmill Horn**


Thursday 12 September 7.30pm HAMILTON Town House

Friday 13 September TBCpm DUNBAR Parish Church (Lammermuir Festival)

Saturday 14 September 7.30pm SELKIRK Victoria Hall

Sunday 15 September 7.30pm DUNFERMLINE Carnegie Hall


* Hamilton and Selkirk only

**Dunbar and Dunfermline only

Source: SCO