Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Scottish Chamber Orchestra reveals 2018/19 season

8:00, 7th March 2018

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 2018/19 season will include pianist Bertrand Chamayou, oboist and conductor François Leleux and soprano Carolyn Sampson as featured artists.

Chamayou will join the SCO twice: first playing Beethoven under Emmanuel Krivine and then Ravel’s Concerto in G under Josep Pons. Leleux will play and conduct three separate programmes, including a celebration of Berlioz’s 150th anniversary with a performance of Les Nuits d’Eté, starring Sampson, who will return later in the season to sing Purcell and Handel with Richard Egarr.

Works by a number of other French composers – including Messiaen, Debussy, Gounod and Tanguy – are featured throughout the season. There is also a strong Nordic strand, with repertoire by Sibelius, Nielsen and Stenhammar and performances from Vilde Frang, Håkan Hardenberger, Pekka Kuusisto and John Storgårds.

Autumn 2018 will feature a mini Mendelssohn Festival. The composer’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be paired with Die erste Walpurgisnacht; there will also be performances of his first and fifth symphonies.

Andrew Manze and Francesco Piemontesi will continue their Mozart piano concerto cycle, before returning to the recording studio to record concertos nos 19 and 27.

The season will also include solo performances from seven principal players: leader Benjamin Marquise Gilmore, violinist Stephanie Gonley, violist Jane Atkins, cellist Philip Higham, French horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, and clarinettists Maximiliano Martín and William Stafford.

Other soloists include Carolyn Sampson, Bertrand Chamayou, Håkan Hardenberger, Francesco Piemontesi, Colin Currie, Paul Lewis and accordionist Owen Murray, while those making their SCO debuts include Vilde Frang, Bernard Labadie, Reinhard Goebel, Laurence Equilbey, Daniele Rustioni and Nicholas Alstaedt. Returning artists include Joseph Swensen, Pekka Kuusisto, Håkan Hardenberger, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Duncan Ward, Karina Canellakis and Clemens Schuldt.

The season will feature new music by John McLeod, Martin Suckling, Jonathan Dove, Anna Clyne and special 60th birthday celebrations with Sir James MacMillan, who will conduct Colin Currie in his 1992 piece Veni, Veni, Emmanuel.


The SCO will launch a three-year partnership with Nicola Benedetti. Over the next three years, Benedetti will direct the orchestra in performances of all of Mozart’s violin concertos. The 2018/19 season will feature the third and fifth concertos, with performances in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The ensemble will also launch a new creative partnership with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to deliver two pre-concert insight events aimed at all ages which explore the magic, myth and fantasy in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.


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