The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) has announced its 2017/18 season: Robin Ticciati’s ninth and final as principal conductor.

Works by Dvořák will be at the heart of the season, with Ticciati and the SCO exploring his relationship with religion, his musical influences, and his journey to the ‘New World’. Featured works will include the eighth and ninth symphonies, the violin and piano concertos, and the Biblical Songs.

The season will also include a focus on Bach, with featured works including Suite No. 4 and the Christmas Oratorio. Principal cellist Philip Higham will present the cello suites, and will also perform CPE Bach’s cello concerto in A minor with conductor Richard Egarr.

Other SCO players to take solo roles include principal viola Jane Atkins, who will perform Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto; principal flute Alison Mitchell, who will play Bernstein’s Halil; and principal clarinet Maximiliano Martín, who will present Copland’s clarinet concerto.

Maxim Rysanov, Karina Canellakis, Amy Dickson and Benjamin Beilman are among those who will make their debuts with the orchestra during the 2017/18 season, while returning artists include François Leleux (as soloist and conductor), Igor Levit, Piotr Anderszewski and Sir András Schiff.

Raphaël Pichon will make his debut with the SCO Chorus in Mozart’s Mass in C minor. The Chorus will also perform Handel’s Solomon with Peter Dijkstra, Schumann’s Requiem with Richard Egarr and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Jonathan Cohen.

Other highlights include a performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Í: A Meditation on Iona; a new work by Tom Harrold; Colin Currie in Rautavaara’s Incantations; and Mitsuko Uchida in Mozart’s piano concerto in B-flat, K595.

The 2017/18 season will offer those aged 18 under free admission to concerts, and free tickets for teachers accompanying pupils. The SCO will also continue to offer under 26s and unemployed £6 tickets.

SCO chief executive Gavin Reid said: ‘This is a classic “Robin” season – highly distinctive programmes, clearly recognisable themes, new paths of discovery, repertoire that seeks to extend the boundaries of a chamber orchestra and some of the most sought-after soloists in the world. While it is not goodbye yet, we are enormously thankful to all that Robin has brought, and continues to bring to the SCO, to music in Scotland and to our audiences here and abroad.’