Scottish Sinfonia

"Scotland's most exciting orchestra"

Conductor - Neil Mantle, MBE
Leader - Richard Gratwick


Concert Season 2023 - 2024

With thanks to our Sponsors
Conductor - Neil Mantle MBE

Note: All evening concerts commence at 7:30pm
  in St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road

Saturday 27th January 2024 at 7:30pm
Linlithgow Arts Guild - St. Michael's Parish Church
Sunday 28th January 2024 at 7:30pm
St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Edinburgh
  A Scottish Symphony
Dvořák: Symphony No.7 in D minor
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor “Scottish”
Rossini: Overture to “William Tell”

“We went, in deep twilight, to the palace where Queen Mary lived and loved … Everything around is broken and mouldering and the bright sky shines in. I believe I found the beginning of my Scotch[sic] Symphony there today.” [July 30th 1829]. Mendelssohn loved Scotland and this symphony is surely one his most expressive and poetic works.
As if one well-loved symphony is not enough, we also offer Dvořák’s seventh – a dramatic work certainly, but brim full of those characteristically warm-hearted melodies that only he could pen.
We bring our concert to a rousing conclusion indeed with Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture – guaranteed to send you out into the January night with yet more themes buzzing around in the head – whatever the weather!

Tickets, price £16.00 (concessions: £14.00; Student: £8.00; accompanied schoolchildren: free), are available from the Usher Hall Box Office.

Sunday 5th May 2024 at 7:30pm
  The Planets
Vaughan Williams: Overture to “The Wasps”
Walton: Violin Concerto
soloist: Charles Mutter
Holst: The Planets

We close our season as we began it, with the music of our native composers, including Gustav Holst’s ever popular suite of seven movements for large orchestra, organ and female chorus. This virtuosic work especially cries out to be experienced live, as it happens!+
Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams were close friends, so it is entirely appropriate that we pair them together by including the latter’s brilliant overture to “The Wasps” – a splendid curtain raiser.
Charles Mutter, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, is a long standing friend of the orchestra, having collaborated with us in concertos of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and most recently Elgar in 2021, and we are always delighted to make music with him, while our loyal patrons will need no encouragement to come and hear him in Walton’s bittersweet Violin Concerto.

Tickets, price £16.00 (concessions: £14.00; Student: £8.00; accompanied schoolchildren: free), are available from the Usher Hall Box Office.

Concert Season 2024 - 2025

Preliminary Information: the dates are confirmed, but the programmes are subject to alteration.

Sunday 1st September 2024 at 7:30pm
  Mahler Nine
Mahler: Symphony No.9 in D major

Sunday 24th November 2024 at 7:30pm
  Beethoven, Dvořák and Ravel
Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F major
Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor
soloist: Callum Smart
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé - Second Suite

Sunday 2nd February 2025 at 7:30pm
  Walton, Brahms and Rachmaninoff
Walton: Overture "Portsmouth Point"
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B♭ major
soloist: Adam Davies
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.3 in A minor

Sunday 11th May 2025 at 7:30pm
  From Elgar to Britten
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme (‘Enigma’)
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
soloist: Richard Gratwick
Finzi: Dies Natalis
soloist: James Slimings (tenor)
Britten: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell

Future dates and programme details will be announced here as they become available.

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