The Scottish Chamber Orchestra continues its commitment to bringing world-class music to audiences at home throughout October, with four evening chamber concerts filmed at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh and two lunchtime concerts livestreamed from St Andrews University.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) today announces six further streamed concerts throughout October as part of its autumn Season, featuring music by Brahms, Handel, Coleridge-Taylor and Philidor.

Beginning Thursday 8 October, four evening concerts filmed at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh will be live streamed for free via the SCO’s YouTube and Facebook channels, at 7:30pm each Thursday evening throughout the month. The broadcasts will remain viewable for 30 days.

Players from the SCO will perform Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen, for viola, clarinet and piano and Brahms’ String Sextet No 2 (Thursday 8 October) before a programme featuring Poulenc’s Sextet and Farrenc’s Nonet (Thursday 15 October). Works by Bernstein and Barber will sit alongside Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Nonet (Thursday 22 October) and Mozart’s String Quintet and Mendelssohn’s Octet will be performed by a chamber ensemble from the SCOs string section (Thursday 29 October).

In addition, the SCO will perform two livestreamed lunchtime concerts broadcast from the recently-opened Laidlaw Centre at St Andrews University, where the SCO is Orchestra in Residence. Members of the brass and string sections, alongside flute and harpsichord come together for a performance featuring music by Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann (Wednesday 30 September, 1.05pm), before the Orchestra showcases the work of one of its own players, in a programme of compositions and arrangements from SCO viola player Steve King (Wednesday 7 October, 1.05pm). The performances will be broadcast via the SCO and St Andrews University Facebook channels.

The SCO will film and broadcast two orchestral concerts in November which will be curated by SCO Principal Conductor Maxim Emelanychev and regular collaborator Pekka Kuusisto. Full details of the repertoire and broadcast dates will be announced shortly, as well as information about further streamed performances throughout the coming months.  

Gavin Reid, Chief Executive, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, said: ‘The SCO is absolutely determined in its commitment to perform and share wonderful music, played by our brilliant musicians. Whilst people are unable to attend in person, we will take music to them and broadcast our concerts into their homes. So, I am delighted to announce our October programme of online performances alongside further orchestral concerts in November with two very special artists, Maxim Emelyanychev and Pekka Kuusisto. To ensure that we stay apace with the rapidly changing circumstances, we will announce further plans for November and December next month.