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Join us for our 40th Anniversary Season

As Byron writes in his Stanzas for Music,

There be none of Beauty’s daughters With a magic like thee; And like music on the waters Is thy sweet voice to me. ‘Thee’ here is our beloved Music and it is through a wonderful array of programmes that I invite you to join us for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season. Thanks to your support the SCO is able to fight strongly through the financial situation we find ourselves in, to bring you thrilling concerts, education events and a chance to meet members of the Orchestra. It’s a huge pleasure to welcome some special guest artists, including Jaime Laredo who has had a long and deep relationship with the Orchestra and Associate Artist Richard Egarr who brings a rip-roaring account of Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’. We also welcome one of the greatest living Bach interpreters, Masaaki Suzuki.

The unlikely and unassuming figure of Antonin Dvořák makes his mark with the SCO as we take a closer look into his world. The intimate miniatures and the ebullient dances weave their way through the Season.

...Ticciati reached that brief, wonderful moment where the sun suddenly shines on the music and it just blossoms. The Herald

Finally, two titans of the British violin join us – Tasmin Little to play Ligeti’s Violin Concerto and Nicola Benedetti for Mozart’s fifth concerto, the ‘Turkish’.

Ticciati’s flowing conducting allowed the music to breathe deeply.

Is there a birthday wish from the SCO as it reaches the grand age of 40? There is! To exceed the remarkable achievements of our first 40 years and continue to celebrate, with you our audience, the gift of music – one of Byron’s daughters of Beauty.

The Guardian

I look forward to welcoming you all!



St Andrews Concert Season 2013/14

Cover shot image by Marco Borggreve / Photograph by Marco Borggreve


Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’

Younger Hall Wednesday 16 October 7.30pm

Younger Hall Wednesday 13 November 7.30pm

Younger Hall Wednesday 5 March 7.30pm

MENDELSSOHN Sinfonia No 8 (31’)

SCHUBERT Symphony No 2 in B-flat (29’)

BACH Cantata 82: Ich habe genug (24’)

HAYDN Piano Concerto in D (20’)

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 5 ‘Reformation’ (27’)

MOZART Symphony No 41 ‘Jupiter’ (30’)

MasaAki Suzuki Conductor Peter Harvey Baritone

Richard Egarr  Conductor/Piano

DVOŘÁK Romance for Violin and Orchestra (12’) SAINT-SAËNS The Muse and the Poet (16’) DVOŘÁK Silent Woods (7’) MENDELSSOHN Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’ (40’) Jaime Laredo Conductor/Violin Sharon Robinson Cello

Old friends return to the SCO in this atmospheric programme that paints Romantic landscapes from Bohemia to Scotland. Husband and wife, Laredo and Robinson have been performing with the Orchestra for decades; the first half puts each of them in the solo spotlight and also brings them together for Saint-Saëns’ rapturous The Muse and the Poet. It’s a sweeping ecstatic duet – the perfect showpiece!

Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Sharon Robinson provides insights into The Muse and the Poet and performing with husband Jaime Laredo.

Photograph by Marco Borggreve

Mr Suzuki’s Bach Photograph by Marco Borggreve

Romantic Landscapes

One of the greatest living Bach interpreters, Masaaki Suzuki, makes his SCO debut in music by the great man himself, and by his greatest admirer Felix Mendelssohn. Suzuki places Bach’s searching, poignant cantata at the heart of the programme, contrasting it with early and mature Mendelssohn either side of it. The Sinfonia was one of twelve written before Mendelssohn was fourteen, and you can just hear him striding into Haydn’s, Mozart’s and Schubert’s territory with all the confidence of youth. The ‘Reformation’ is simply one of the great symphonies of the age.


St Andrews Concert Season 2013/14

Photograph by Marco Borggreve

Egarr’s musical homeland is Bach and Handel – the very composers who so deeply inspired Mozart in his later years. The magnificent power of the ‘Jupiter’ owes so much to them and the magic of Egarr’s interpretation lies in his ability to bring all his understanding of their work to Mozart’s masterpiece. Schubert’s teenage symphony is a delight of a very different colour. It’s a staggering testament to his brilliance at such an early age.

Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Richard Egarr in conversation with Dr Michael Downes, Director of Music at the University of St Andrews, about the music in this programme.


Slavonic Dances

Benedetti plays Mozart

Younger Hall Wednesday 19 March 7.30pm

Younger Hall Wednesday 23 April 7.30pm Photograph by Paul Mitchell

BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont (9’) MOZART Violin Concerto No 5 in A ‘Turkish’ (31’) BEETHOVEN Symphony No 4 (34’) Jérémie Rhorer  Conductor Nicola Benedetti  Violin

DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances from Op 72 (20’) LIGETI Violin Concerto (28’) HAYDN Symphony No 31 ‘Horn Signal’ (25’) DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances from Op 46 (20’) Robin Ticciati Conductor Tasmin Little Violin

This concert includes the music of three composers who occupied neighbouring territories in Eastern Europe at different times over the past three centuries – a fascinating time-travelling blend of muchloved masterworks with the perhaps less familiar, but no less brilliant music of Ligeti. But there is a further hidden theme here: the Horn. Instrument of postmen and hunters, beloved of misty‑eyed Romantics, full blooded dramatists and sharp-witted avant‑gardistes, bringing the SCO’s horn section to the fore.

Brilliant, tuneful, rhythmic, exotic – that’s what ‘Turkish’ meant to Mozart, and his violin concerto is a joyous showstopper for Scotland’s favourite violinist. Jérémie Rohrer is a formidable conductor who has been building a terrific career in Europe, especially in the opera house. Egmont’s fiery blast will be special – a perfect comple­ment to the softer loveliness of the fourth symphony.

Mozart’s violin concerto is a joyous showstopper for Scotland’s favourite violinist.

Tasmin Little is a distinguished British soloist who takes the concerto spotlight in this concert. She ventures into the wilds and fantasies of Ligeti’s masterpiece. It’s a rollercoaster ride of a piece, his violin concerto, but worth every minute you spend getting to know it.


St Andrews Concert Season 2013/14

Photograph by Decca & Simon Fowler


Scottish Chamber Orchestra Orchestra in Residence The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is Orchestra in Residence at the University of St Andrews, complementing the Concert Season with a number of collaborative projects. These include an Early Evening Concert Series, pre-concert talks, master-classes and the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra (StAFCO). This season we are also pleased to present our baby-friendly concert Big Ears, Little Ears in St Andrews for the first time.

Orchestra in Residence

Early Evening Concert Series

University of St And rews

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Wednesday 30 October 2013 5.30pm

Wednesday 12 March 2014 5.30pm

Music by Mendelssohn, Crusell, Poulenc and Ponchielli.

SCO string players perform music by Haydn, Mozart and others.

Maximiliano MartÍn Clarinet William Stafford Clarinet Scott Mitchell Piano

Tickets for Early Evening Concert Series: £8 / £6 seniors / £3 students. Available at the door.

St Andrews & Fife Community Orchestra

Big Ears, Little Ears

Wednesday evenings during term time 7.15pm – 9.30pm

Wednesday 12 March 2014 11am Photograph by Jen Owens

Photograph by Kirsten Hunter

The St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra meets weekly to make music and have fun! There are no auditions and all players are welcome, from adult learners to advanced musicians and those who haven’t played for years. The music will include pieces from the SCO Season and there will be informal concerts to show off everyone’s hard work. To join the Orchestra, contact the St Andrews Music Centre Tel: 01334 462226 Email:

Join an SCO string quartet for a short, informal concert of popular classics specially created for you and your baby. It’s a tut‑free, baby-friendly zone, so no need to worry about gurgling, laughing, crying or screaming. You and your baby can share the enjoyment and pleasure of a fabulous live music experience. Take a seat, relax and lose yourself in the music. Tickets available in advance from the box office. £6.50 adult £5.00 babies/children aged 12 months or over (babies under 12 months FREE with paying adult)

For details visit, phone 01334 462226 or call in to the University Music Centre at the Younger Hall. 8

St Andrews Concert Season 2013/14

Photograph by Marco Borggreve


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