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By Gavin Musgrove

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The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be performing in Kingussie at the start of September. Picture: Ryan Buchanan Photography.
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be performing in Kingussie at the start of September. Picture: Ryan Buchanan Photography.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be performing in Kingussie as part of its annual summer tour after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.

The Badenoch Centre is amongst 30 venues across Scotland being visited with a diverse range of orchestral, chamber and choral music on offer as well as creative learning programmes.

British conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire joins the SCO with new principal bassoon Cerys Ambrose-Evans for the concert in Kingussie on September 1.

She will lead a programme of Mozart and Dvořák as well as visiting a brand-new Suite by three young Scottish composers.

The SCO has said it is delighted to embark once again on its annual summer tour which takes place from June 9 to September 14, presenting the breadth of the orchestra’s work from family events and chamber concerts to extensive education and community projects.

SCO chief executive Gavin Reid said: “We’re excited to head off on our summer tour across Scotland once again, inviting music-lovers to join us in celebrating the power of music in connecting people, building communities and bringing the nation together.

“We look forward to welcoming audiences to share in the joy of live music-making, both in the concert hall and beyond.”

The summer tour kicks off with chamber concerts in Inverness on June 9 and Drumnadrochit’s Craigmonie Centre the next day in which SCO principal flautist André Cebrián has reimagined Beethoven’s playful First Symphony into a sparkling chamber version for himself and 10 of his orchestral colleagues.

Alongside Beethoven, two hard-hitting modernists show their friendlier sides with punchy dance music inspired by their native lands – Witold Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes (1959 version) and György Ligeti’s Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances.

Alongside chamber concerts, SCO players will entertain young people in Inverness with a schools performance of “Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space” at Eden Court Theatre.

This concert is a sequel to the SCO’s Stan and Mabel and will include irresistibly catchy songs with actions, and will be ideal for engaging young children in orchestral music, as well as firing up their imaginations.

The performance is around 45 minutes long and aimed at ages four to 10.

n More details are available on the SCO’s latest tour at https://www.sco.org.uk/about-us/where-we-play/summer


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