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THE RSNO SCOTTISH PROM

GLASGOW: ROYAL CONCERT HALL SAT 26 JUNE 2010 EDINBURGH: USHER HALL SUN 27 JUNE 2010

JEFF TYZIK (CONDUCTOR) EVELYN GLENNIE (PERCUSSION) NEILSTON AND DISTRICT PIPE BAND IAIN MacDONALD (PIPE MAJOR) IAIN MacINNES (PIPES) ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA RSNO CHORUS Shostakovich Festive Overture Traditional (arr. Tyzik) Irish Air and Reels Jeff Tyzik Jig Eric Ewazen Songs to the Banks of Ayr

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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INTERVAL Edward McGuire Fiddler’s Farewell Chopin Les Sylphides: VIII Waltz Debussy March écossaise Various (arr. Adam) Scots Song Medley George MacIlwham Alba

Programme £2.00


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2 Royal Scottish National Orchestra PATRON: HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

Stéphane Denève MUSIC DIRECTOR

David Danzmayr

ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

Neeme Järvi

CONDUCTOR LAUREATE

Alexander Lazarev

CONDUCTOR EMERITUS

Walter Weller

CONDUCTOR EMERITUS

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras. Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1991. Throughout its proud history, the Orchestra has played an important part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Many renowned conductors have contributed to its success, including Walter Susskind, Sir Alexander Gibson, Bryden Thomson, Conductor Laureate Neeme Järvi, Conductor Emeritus Walter Weller and Conductor Emeritus Alexander Lazarev. Stéphane Denève became Music Director in September 2005, a partnership which enjoys great acclaim, at home and abroad. For choral performances the Orchestra is joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, Chorus Director Timothy Dean, one of the most distinguished large symphonic choruses in Britain, and the acclaimed RSNO Junior Chorus, Chorus Director Christopher Bell. The RSNO performs across Scotland, including seasons in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival and recent appearances in England have included Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Leeds Town Hall, The Sage Gateshead and at the BBC Proms in London. In the last few years, the RSNO has performed in Orkney, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Serbia, Spain and Croatia.

The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings and has been nominated for eight GRAMMY awards in the last decade. Over 200 releases are available, including the complete symphonies of Sibelius (Gibson), Prokofiev (Järvi), Nielsen and Martinu ˚ (Thomson). In 2008 the Orchestra renewed its acclaimed partnership with Conductor Laureate Neeme Järvi (with whom the RSNO has made over 65 recordings) with the premiere recording of Wagner’s The Ring, An Orchestral Adventure (arranged by Henk de Vlieger). The RSNO and conductor José Serebrier completed their Glazunov symphonic cycle in 2009, having already recorded five of the Russian composer’s symphonies. In 2007 the RSNO made its first recording with Music Director Stéphane Denève – the first instalment of a complete cycle of Roussel’s orchestral works – receiving the Diapason d’Or de l’année for Symphonic Music. Three more discs in the series have been released in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively, to widespread critical acclaim.


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3 The RSNO is committed to introducing young people to live orchestral music through its Standard Life Passport to Music project, which enables under sixteen year olds to attend concerts for free (www.passport2music.org.uk). Additionally, the RSNO’s education and community engagement programmes continue to develop musical talent and appreciation in people of all ages throughout Scotland. Once a year, the Orchestra embeds itself in a local community for Out and About: a week-long series of concerts, workshops and community projects.

The RSNO is one of Scotland’s National Performing Companies, supported by the Scottish Government.

Naked Classics is the Orchestra’s celebrated series which uses multimedia projections, lighting, a presenter and excerpts by the Orchestra to reveal the stories behind some of the great classical masterpieces. You can find out lots of information about the RSNO online at www.rsno.org.uk where you can buy tickets, read our blog, find out more about the music and view behind-the-scenes photos, videos and interviews. You can also follow the orchestra on facebook www.rsno.org.uk/facebook and on twitter www.rsno.org.uk/twitter.


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Shostakovich

Festive Overture

Traditional (arr. Tyzik)

Irish Air and Reels (Solo flute: Katherine Bryan)

Jeff Tyzik

Jig (Solo tuba: John Whitener)

Eric Ewazen

Songs to the Banks of Ayr Evelyn Glennie (Solo violin: Mia Cooper) European Premiere

INTERVAL

Edward McGuire

Fiddler’s Farewell

Chopin

Les Sylphides: VIII Waltz

Debussy

March écossaise

Various (arr. Adam)

Scots Song Medley RSNO Chorus

George MacIlwham

Alba Featuring Evelyn Glennie and Neilston and District Pipe Band (Solo piper: Iain MacInnes)


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Scottish music is not just a matter of heritage – it remains a living, vibrant source of musical inspiration for artists both within and far beyond Scotland’s borders. People still dance to the fiddle tunes of Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner, they still sing the folk songs collected by James Oswald and Robert Burns; but new music is being produced all the time and new artists such as Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis and the pipe-playing MacDonald brothers are constantly rediscovering, reinventing and refreshing Scotland’s rich musical history. Scotland has also produced more than its fair share of classical composers, from the nineteenth-century romanticism of Hamish MacCunn, whose Land of the Mountain and the Flood (1887) is a lyrical paean to the rugged landscape of his homeland, to the more modern sounds of Thea Musgrave and the timelessness of James MacMillan’s sacred music. Meanwhile, Patrick Doyle has brought a distinctively Scottish gift for melody to his many fine film scores, including Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V (1989) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). And Scotland has inspired other composers, too, including Mendelssohn who wrote his Hebrides Overture (1830) and Scottish Symphony (1842) after a visit to the Western Isles.

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) was denounced by Stalin’s regime and forced to repent of his early experimental works. His later rehabilitation after the Second World War allowed him more freedom, though perhaps because of the USSR’s artistic strictures, he never became as thoroughly atonal and anti-melody as many of his Western contemporaries. His massive output of symphonies, operas, concertos, film scores and other works draws on a miscellany of influences, from Bach to Mahler to Jazz. The Festive Overture (1954) was written at the behest of the Bolshoi Theatre, which needed a new work to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution. Shostakovich was given just three days’ notice, but, thanks perhaps to his experience writing film scores to tight deadlines, he managed to produce a lively and memorably melodic work that has been a firm favourite with orchestras and audiences ever since, especially in Scotland, where the RSNO’s recording on the Chandos label has been one of the Orchestra’s most popular. RSNO Summer Pops conductor and host Jeff Tyzik starts the musical move to the Highlands with his own Celtic-themed contributions. His vivacious arrangement of traditional tunes entitled Irish Air and


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Reels was originally written at the request of an oboe major at the Eastman School of Music. The student also played the penny whistle and wanted something based on the two traditional tunes that she brought to the composer’s attention. This is followed by an original Tyzik composition, the orchestral Jig, which is the second of his Four Dances for Tuba and Orchestra. American composer Eric Ewazen’s (b1954) connection with Scotland comes via his association with Evelyn Glennie. He wrote his Concerto for Marimba for the virtuoso percussionist in 1999 and this year has written another new work for her, the Songs to the Banks of Ayr. In this piece, Ewazen has been inspired by the poems of Robert Burns, which are heard recited before each of the four movements. The music itself uses traditional Scottish rhythms and is replete with melodic interest, while the battery of mostly tuned percussion instruments provides a constant and exciting commentary. The work received its world premiere performance in the USA in April, with Glennie as soloist accompanied by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Glasbow-born Edward McGuire (b1948) plays the flute in the traditional Scottish music group the Whistlebinkies. But

alongside his tunes written specifically for them he is also a composer of larger-scale orchestral pieces, including the ballet Peter Pan, A Glasgow Symphony, and numerous concertos. The Fiddler’s Farewell was composed in 1986 for the Whistlebinkies to play with Yehudi Menuhin, and is dedicated to the legendary violinist. It was recorded by the group on their fifth album (released 1988). Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) published his three piano Waltzes, Op64 in 1847: the first of the these is the famous ‘Minute’ Waltz, the second, in C-sharp minor, was used by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov as part of a ballet score, Chopiniana (1907), based on an earlier orchestral suite of Chopin’s music – the Op64 waltz arrangement was


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added at the insistence of the ballet’s director. Glazunov’s arrangements in turn formed the basis of another ballet score entitled Les Sylphides – featuring orchestrations of Chopin’s music by various hands – first performed by Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes in 1909 with Nijinsky dancing the leading role. Although the closest impressionistic French composer Claude Debussy (18621918) ever came to Scotland was a stay at Eastbourne (where he completed his symphonic masterpiece La Mer) he did write a Scottish piece at the behest of American diplomat General Meredith Read, a friend of Abraham Lincoln and descendant of the Earls of Ross. Originally written as a piece for piano four hands in 1891, Debussy’s Marche

écossaise sur un theme populaire is based on the Earl of Ross March, a traditional Scots tune dating back at least to the seventeenth century. But the composer subjects his march subject to some astonishing transformations, particularly noticeable in the orchestral version he made in 1908, which plays with the tune in unexpected ways by constantly shifting it around the orchestra. The Scots Song Medley is a pot pourri of several popular tunes. It opens with Mairi’s Wedding, a Gaelic song written in 1935 by Johnny Bannerman but given English lyrics a year later. The words to The deil’s awa wi’ th’ Exciseman are by Robert Burns, who wrote them while watching a smuggler’s vessel stranded on the Solway sands in 1792. My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose is also by Burns, and dates from 1794. Harry Lauder wrote Roamin’ in the Gloamin’ in 1911 and he had a hit with his 1912 recording. The medley concludes with Bell and Gourley’s tonguetwisting tour-de-force Song of the Clyde, which was written for Kenneth McKellar and became internationally famous when McKellar’s recording of it was used over the opening credits of the 1963 film Billy Liar. It was also the very first song to be played on Radio Clyde in 1973.


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George McIlwham discovered the entrancing sound of woodwind instruments as a teenager when he attended a performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute. He went on to become the principal flautist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, but also an accomplished player of the bagpipes. He often played the highland pipes with the Dunbartonshire Concert Band, for whom he wrote several pieces including the patriotic suite Alba. Music clearly runs in the family, as George’s son Stewart is currently principal piccolo with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. © Mark Walker

Highland Cathedral

MICHAEL KORB AND ULRICH ROEVER ARR. GLYN BRAG Land of my fathers, we will always be faithful and loyal to our own country. In times of danger, we will set you free, Lead you to glory and to victory. Hail, Caledonia, to our ancient prayer, in this Highland Cathedral, let our standards bear, Joining together with one dream to share, God bless the people of this land so fair. Gone is the past, let us start anew, Let this hope of peace always remain, Spirit of Scotia, be strong and true, then your children will smile again.

Andrew Martin

Jeremy Fletcher

Lyn Armour

ASSOC PRINCIPAL VIOLIN

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL CELLO

SUB-PRINCIPAL CELLO

This month the RSNO is sad to say farewell to Andrew Martin (associate principal violin), Jeremy Fletcher (associate principal cello) and Lyn Armour (sub-principal cello) who are all retiring. The RSNO would like to say thank you to them for all the years of music-making they have been involved in and good luck for the future. Enjoy your retirement!

Rise Caledonia, let your voices ring in this Highland Cathedral of our God and King, Whom, joy and liberty, to all, will bring, Come, let your heart, with love and courage, sing. Lonely the exile o’er distant seas, the home of their birth, gone from their eyes. Bring back their souls o’er the ocean breeze to the land where their fathers lie.


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Flower of Scotland

Auld Lang Syne

O Flower of Scotland, When will we see Your like again, That fought and died for, Your wee bit hill and glen, And stood against him, Proud Edward’s army, And sent him homeward, Tae think again.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot An’ auld lang syne?

The hills are bare now, And autumn leaves lie thick and still, O’er land that is lost now, Which those so dearly held, That stood against him, Proud Edward’s Army, And sent him homeward, Tae think again.

An’ here’s a hand, my trusty fiere, An’ gie’s a hand o’ thine, An we’ll tak’ a richt guid willie-waught For auld lang syne!

ROY WILLIAMSON

Those days are past now, And in the past they must remain, But we can still rise now, And be the nation again, That stood against him, Proud Edward’s army, And sent him homeward, Tae think again.

TRADITIONAL ARR. CEDRIC THORPE DAVIE

For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne.


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You might be surprised to hear that Frédéric Chopin actually spent an entire summer in Scotland. He arrived in Edinburgh on 5 August 1848 at a time when he was suffering greatly from tuberculosis and left for London on 31 October later that year. The extended trip was initiated by Chopin’s former piano pupil Jane Stirling, youngest daughter of John Stirling, Laird of Kippendavie, who lived with her elder sister Katherine after their parents’ death. Chopin stayed with a number of people throughout Scotland, mostly organised by Jane who seemed to little realise the effect it was having on her suffering guest. Formal dinners were also imposed on Chopin who could only speak French and Polish and who had little interest in shooting, drinking and cigars. During his time in Scotland Chopin wrote almost no music but did perform concerts in Glasgow and Edinburgh and one in Manchester on 28 August. The Glasgow concert was an afternoon performance at the Merchants’ Hall, Hutcheson Street on 27 September. Although well-received, it was obvious to the audience and critics that Chopin was a frail man. On 4 October he performed at the Hopetoun Hall, Edinburgh where he received a similar reception.

It wasn’t only the busy schedule of visits that took its toll on Chopin’s health – he was also involved in a coach accident. Whilst driving near the coast the horses bolted and the coach hit a tree before overturning down a steep slope and smashing to pieces. Miraculously Chopin suffered only cuts and bruises but was left very shaken. It wasn’t all bad though as Chopin stayed with the Stirlings’ homeopathic physician, Polishborn Dr. Adam Lyszczynski, whose treatments revived the ailing composer. He also saw one of his favourite pupils Princess Marcelina Czartoryska (née Radziwill), and her husband Alexander in Edinburgh. And whilst staying with Jane’s cousin Sir William-Stirling Maxwell he said ‘everywhere I am received with the most cordial kindness and boundless hospitality’. Chopin died less than a year later in Paris on 17 October 1849 and a piece of Scotland stays with him embedded in his tombstone – a rose petal that Jane brought Chopin from Kippenross.


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Tonight’s Soloists

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Katherine Bryan

John Whitener

Mia Cooper

PRINCIPAL FLUTE

PRINCIPAL TUBA

GUEST LEADER

In addition to appearing as concerto soloist with leading orchestras worldwide, Katherine Bryan is Principal Flute of the RSNO. As a soloist, she has performed with, amongst others, the Helsinki Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Hallé, Nürnberger Symphoniker, and English Baroque orchestras.

John Whitener has played with some of the finest ensembles around the world. Receiving his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music and his Graduate Diploma from the Juilliard School, in 2008 John moved to the Netherlands to study at the Rotterdam Codarts Conservatory. Here John worked with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Flemish Radio Orchestra. During the summers, John traveled to Switzerland to play with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra with Pierre Boulez.

Mia Cooper studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and has been involved in a wide variety of music making since then. She was principal first violin of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for five years, and also regularly plays and records with London’s chamber orchestras and ensembles. Mia has been a guest leader of the CBSO, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and spent three summers leading the St Endellion Orchestra. She participates in chamber music festivals across Europe, and also in Mumbai.

John has performed in such prestigious venues as the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Disney Hall in Los Angeles. He has performed solo recitals for as large an audience as 1,500 in the Juilliard Theater in New York, and has shared recital performances with musicians as renowned as the pianist Lang Lang at the Curtis Hall in Philadelphia.

As a soloist Mia has performed much of the Baroque solo violin repertoire with the New London Soloist’s Orchestra, and also plays as a soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She has also recorded a wide variety of chamber music.

She won a full scholarship to study at the Juilliard School, New York, and was a prize winner at the Royal Overseas League Music Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Competition. She was awarded the Julius Isserlis Scholarship for woodwind by the Royal Philharmonic Society. It was at the age of just 21 that she was appointed Principal Flute with the RSNO. She has appeared at major international festivals as concerto soloist and recitalist, and has given live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and on BBC television. In September she will release a CD of flute concertos with the RSNO on the Linn record label.

Mia teaches violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She was appointed leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2006.


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Jeff Tyzik CONDUCTOR

Jeff Tyzik has earned a reputation as one of America’s most innovative pops conductors. He is recognised for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Tyzik has just completed his sixteenth season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He also currently serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In his sixteen years with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Tyzik has developed an incredible relationship with devoted Rochester audiences and written over 160 works for the orchestra. He also regularly appears as a guest conductor in the orchestra’s classical subscription series performing works by some of the greatest American composers to critical acclaim. He has also been commissioned to compose original works including his Trombone Concerto (by the National Endowment of the Arts) and his Timpani Concerto (by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra) which was premiered in January 2010. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra which reached No.3 on the Billboard classical chart. Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has recently appeared with orchestras such as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the New York Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to his commitments in Rochester, Oregon and Vancouver, during the 2010/11

season he will appear with orchestras across North America including the Detroit, Milwaukee and Toronto symphony orchestras, as well as the Florida Orchestra, among others. During the summer of 2010, he will return to the Boston Pops and to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to lead the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also leads three programmes with the Dallas Symphony at the Vail Festival. A native of Hyde Park, New York, Tyzik began his life in music at nine years of age, when he first picked up a cornet. He studied both Classical and Jazz music throughout high school, and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied composition/arranging with Radio City Music Hall’s Ray Wright and Jazz studies with the great band leader Chuck Mangione, both of whom profoundly impacted him as a musician. Tyzik spent the next few years working with Mangione, soaking in every part of the music business. He became a skilled record producer, while continuing to be active as a performer and arranger. These experiences led Tyzik to one of the great early opportunities of his career—the chance to co-compose a trumpet concerto with friend and virtuoso trumpeter Allen Vizzutti to be recorded by pops legend Doc Severinsen. After that first recording, Tyzik worked closely with Severinsen on many projects including orchestrating many of the great band leader’s symphony orchestra programmes, and producing a GRAMMY Award-winning album, The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, Vol 1. To this day, he credits Severinsen as his greatest musical and professional inspiration.


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As an accomplished composer and arranger, Tyzik has had his compositions recorded by ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Summit Brass, and his arrangements have been recorded by groups including Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Doc Severinsen with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also produced and composed theme music for many of the major American television networks, including ABC, NBC, HBO, and Cinemax, and released six of his own albums on Capitol, Polygram and Amherst Records. Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen, John Pizzarelli, Billy Taylor and Lou Rawls, and has created original programmes that include the greatest music from Jazz and Classical to Motown and Swing. Actively sharing his passion for music with others, Tyzik has been recognised for his community service and educational work by Rotary International, the Monroe County Music Educators, and the Rochester Philharmonic League. He is also the recipient of the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester’s 2002 Performing Artist Award. Tyzik currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Eastman School of Music, and as a board member of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife Jill. For more information about Tyzik, please visit www.jefftyzik.com


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Evelyn Glennie PERCUSSION 1ST VIOLIN Mia Cooper

VIOLA John Harrington

GUEST LEADER

PRINCIPAL

Andrew Martin Barbara Paterson Jane Reid Alison McIntyre Caroline Parry Lorna Rough Ian Watson Susan Henderson Diane Merson-Jones Ani Batikian Julie Reynolds Bethan Hunter 2ND VIOLIN Jacqueline Speirs ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

Elita Bungard Harriet Wilson Christopher Ffoulkes Michael Rigg Sheila McGregor Penny Dickson Isabel Gourdie Paul Medd Sophie Lang Alexa Butterworth Katie Stone

Ian Budd Michael Lloyd Lisa Rourke David Martin Nicola McWhirter Fiona West Claire Dunn Katherine Wren Francesca Hunt CELLO Pauline Argondizza PRINCIPAL

Jeremy Fletcher Betsy Taylor Peter Hunt William Paterson Ruth Rowlands Rachael Lee Kennedy Leitch DOUBLE BASS David Inglis PRINCIPAL

Michael Rae Sally Davis Lynette Eaton May Halyburton Andres Kungla


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FLUTE Katherine Bryan

HORN David McClenaghan

PRINCIPAL

PRINCIPAL

Helen Brew Linda Spears PICCOLO

OBOE Rosie Staniforth GUEST PRINCIPAL

Catriona MacKinnon Zoe Kitson PRINCIPAL COR ANGLAIS

CLARINET John Cushing Josef Pacewicz

PRINCIPAL

PRINCIPAL Eb CLARINET

Duncan Swindells

PRINCIPAL BASS CLARINET

BASSOON David Hubbard PRINCIPAL

Graeme Brown Nicholas Reader PRINCIPAL CONTRABASSOON

Tim Hunter John Logan Robert McIntosh Jessica Ortony TRUMPET John Gracie PRINCIPAL

Kevin Price Brian Forshaw PRINCIPAL CORNET

Mike Bennett

TROMBONE Dรกvur Juul Magnussen PRINCIPAL

Lance Green Alastair Sinclair PRINCIPAL BASS TROMBONE

TUBA John Whitener PRINCIPAL


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Timothy Dean

Areti Lymperopoulou

Sam Hutchings

Director

Sir Alexander Gibson Memorial Fellow

Rehearsal Pianist

The RSNO Chorus is one of the UK’s leading symphonic choruses. It has evolved since 1843 from the Society for Performing the Oratorio Messiah to its present title of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus. Its main purpose is to perform large-scale choral repertoire with the RSNO and it has also made several recordings with the Orchestra. These include Paul Paray’s mass Joan of Arc and music from the films Titanic and Star Wars. In a typical season the Chorus performs around six different programmes with up to twenty performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

The Changed Voices Choir was started in 2006 with generous support from the Gannochy Trust. The aim of the choir is to encourage boys to continue singing as their voices are changing.

As well as working regularly with the RSNO, the Chorus is often asked to perform with other orchestras all over the world. In February 2005 the Chorus was invited by Walter Weller to Trondheim to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. In the past 30 years it has visited many countries including the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Germany, France and Ireland and has performed with legendary conductors such as Giulini, Muti and Previn. The Ladies of the RSNO Chorus recently took part in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s live broadcast of Holst’s The Planets in the City Halls, Glasgow.

Tel: 0141 225 3553 Fax: 0141 221 4317 Email: chorus@rsno.org.uk

For further information about the RSNO Chorus, please contact: Christine Walker, Chorus Manager Royal Scottish National Orchestra 73 Claremont Street Glasgow G3 7JB

RSNO Summer Pops: Scottish Prom  

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