After a two year break, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra announces annual summer tour to 30 Scottish towns and cities with orchestral, chamber, choral, and creative learning programmesTour Highlights:

  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev [pictured] conducts programmes with renowned SCO soloists Maximiliano Martín and Philip Higham, plus guest conductors including Peter Whelan, Catherine Larsen-Maguire and Kristiina Poska
  • Gregory Batsleer directs the SCO Chorus, as it joins the summer tour for the first time, exploring a rich programme crossing six centuries of choral music, including the first performance of SCO Associate Composer Anna Clyne’s new Heart of Night
  • Festival performances including East Neuk (3 July)
  • Creative learning residencies in Inverness and Shetland

 After a two year break, the SCO is delighted to embark once again on its annual summer tour from 9 June – 14 September 2022, visiting 30 towns and cities across Scotland and presenting the breadth of the Orchestra’s work, from family events and chamber concerts to extensive education and community projects. From Inverness to Stirling and Shetland to Fraserburgh, the SCO continues its commitment to enriching the lives of as many people as possible, bringing together a host of exceptional conductors and soloists to bring high-quality, live classical music to all parts of Scotland, building relationships with the community and show-casing world-class music to audiences who might otherwise not experience it.

Gavin Reid, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra“We’re excited to head off on our summer tour across Scotland once again, inviting music-lovers to join us in celebrating the power of music in connecting people, building communities, and bringing the nation together. We look forward to welcoming audiences to share in the joy of live music-making, both in the concert hall and beyond.”

SCO Concerts

The summer tour kicks off with chamber concerts in Inverness (9 Jun) and Drumnadrochit (10 Jun), in which SCO Principal Flautist André Cebrián has reimagined Beethoven’s playful First Symphony into a sparkling chamber version for himself and ten of his orchestral colleagues. Alongside Beethoven, two hard-hitting modernists show their friendlier sides with punchy dance music inspired by their native lands – Witold Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes (1959 version) and György Ligeti’s Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances.Gregory Batsleer directs the SCO Chorus in Stirling (11 Jun) and St Andrews (12 Jun) as it explores a rich programme crossing six centuries of choral music, including the first performance of SCO Associate ComposerAnna Clyne’s new Heart of Night, written in wonder at the natural world. The SCO’s accomplished Leader, Stephanie Gonley, directs the talented SCO Strings in Schubert’s elegant Rondo in A and Elgar’s exuberant Serenade for Strings, plus lesser-known works by Arthur Foote and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson in Blairgowrie (17 Jun), Callander (18 Jun) and Helensburgh (19 Jun). Meanwhile, SCO Wind Soloists present a wide-ranging programme from Telemann to Mozart, Beethoven to Poulenc in Ballachulish (16 Jun), Mull (17 Jun), Seil Island (18 Jun) and Tillicoultry (19 Jun). The summer tour will see the return of SCO’s former Principal Bassoonist, Peter Whelan, to conduct a programme full of musical exuberance in Castle Douglas (29 Jun), Langholm (30 Jun) and Selkirk (1 Jul), with works from Haydn, CPE Bach and Beethoven with soloist André Cebrián. SCO Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev will take the Orchestra to Stirling (20 Jul), Dunoon (21 Jul), Glenrothes (22 Jul) and Musselburgh (23 Jul) with concerts that will include Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto with soloist Maximiliano Martín and Haydn’s C major Cello Concerto with soloist Philip Higham. British conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire joins the SCO with new SCO Principal Bassoon Cerys Ambrose-Evans in September for concerts in Kingussie (1 Sep), Findhorn (2 Sep), Fraserburgh (3 Sep) and Arbroath (4 Sep), conducting a programme of Mozart and Dvořák as well as visiting a brand-new Suite by three of Scotland’s most exciting young composers. Award-winning Estonian conductor, Kristiina Poska, directs a highly dramatic concert in Blair Castle (15 Sep), Linlithgow (16 Sep) and Greenock (17 Sep), from deeply emotional Shostakovich to the sunniest of Beethoven’s symphonies. 

Creative Learning Residencies

Two creative learning residencies present a varied programme of activities for young people, including schools’ workshops, events for under 10s and opportunities for collaborative music-making. Alongside chamber concerts, SCO players will entertain young people in Inverness with Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space at Eden Court Theatre (schools) and Elgin Town Hall (families), and there will be a Come and Play opportunity for amateur musicians to play core orchestral repertoire alongside SCO musicians. The SCO also brings fun for all ages to the Shetland Isles. There will be workshops in primary schools, Big Ears, Little Ears concert for 0–3 year olds and their grown-ups, and a full VIBE weekend course for teenagers who play any instrument, at any level or in any genre.