Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is Scotland's national chamber orchestra, based in Edinburgh. One of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies, the SCO performs throughout Scotland, including annual tours of the Scottish Highlands and Islands and South of Scotland. The SCO appears regularly at the Edinburgh, East Neuk, St Magnus and Aldeburgh Festivals and The Proms. The SCO's international touring receives support from the Scottish Government. The Orchestra rehearses mainly at Edinburgh's Queen's Hall.

The orchestra was formed in 1974, with Roderick Brydon as its first Principal Conductor, from 1974 to 1983. Other principal conductors have included Jukka-Pekka Saraste (1987-1991) and Ivor Bolton (1994-1996). The American violinist and conductor Joseph Swensen served as Principal Conductor from 1996 to 2005, and is now the SCO's Conductor Emeritus. Sir Charles Mackerras held the position of Conductor Laureate until his death in 2010. The Estonian conductor Olari Elts served as the SCO's Principal Guest Conductor from October 2007 to September 2010.[1] In October 2008, the SCO announced the appointment of Robin Ticciati as the orchestra's next principal conductor, effective as of the 2009-2010 season,[2] with an initial contract of 3 years.[3] In October 2010, the SCO announced the extension of Ticciati's contract as principal conductor for an additional 3 years, through the 2014-2015 season.[4] In March 2013, the SCO further extended Ticciati's contract as principal conductor to 2018.[5]

The SCO's work in contemporary music has included collaborations with Gordon Crosse,[6] John McLeod,[7] and with Peter Maxwell Davies notably the series of Strathclyde Concertos.[8][9] Einojuhani Rautavaara's Autumn Gardens received its world premiere with the SCO in 1999.[10] The SCO premiered Sally Beamish's Concerto for Orchestra (Sangsters) in November 2002.[11] The SCO has commissioned over 100 new works, from composers including Peter Maxwell Davies (the SCO's Composer Laureate), Mark-Anthony Turnage, Judith Weir, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist, Lyell Cresswell, James MacMillan, Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Stuart MacRae and Edward Harper.

The SCO has recorded for a number of labels, including Deutsche Grammophon[12] and Hyperion.[13] It has a recording partnership with the Glasgow-based record company, Linn Records, with whom it has recorded 12 albums, including several recordings of Mozart symphonies conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras[14] [15] and an album of Berlioz conducted by Ticciati.[16]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Marisa Duffy (6 September 2007). "A season of musical delights". The Herald. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 
  2. ^ Tim Cornwell (10 October 2008). "He's young and talented..and the future of classical music". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  3. ^ Phil Miller (10 October 2008). "'Exciting young conductor' to take over baton at Scottish orchestra". The Herald. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Robin Ticciati extends contract until 2015" (Press release). Scottish Chamber Orchestra. October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati extends contract until 2018" (Press release). Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  6. ^ Northcott, Bayan, "Recordings: Crosse: Elegy, Op.1 (1959-61); Symphony No.1, Op.13A (1976); Dreamsongs, Op.43 (1978)" (June 1981). Tempo (New Ser.), 137: 49-51.
  7. ^ MacDonald , Calum, "The Music of John McLeod" (April 1982). The Musical Times, 123 (1670): pp. 255-258
  8. ^ Johnson, David, "Reports: Scotland" (May 1984). The Musical Times, 125 (1695): pp. 284-285.
  9. ^ Warnaby, John, "Record Review - Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 9 / Strathclyde Concerto No. 10 / Carolisima" (July 1997). Tempo (New Ser.), 201: pp. 53-55.
  10. ^ Edward Greenfield (28 July 1999). "A real find among Finns". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  11. ^ Tom Service (18 November 2002). "SCO/Knussen (Matt Thomson Hall, Glasgow)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  12. ^ Andrew Clements (31 March 2006). "Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito, Trost/Martinpelto/Kozena/Milne/Rice/Relyea/SCO and Chorus/Mackerras". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  13. ^ Anthony Holden (23 September 2007). "This week's classical CDs (Beethoven, The Symphonies)". The Observer. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  14. ^ Anthony Holden (2008-02-24). "Classical CD releases". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  15. ^ Stephen Pritchard (2010-03-07). "Mozart: Symphonies 29, 31, 32, 35 & 36". The Observer. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  16. ^ Andrew Clements (2012-04-05). "Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Overture to Beatrice and Benedict – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 

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