Orchestras tune up for concert series

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A new initiative by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) will provide the concert goers of the northeast of Scotland with greater flexibility and variety of orchestral performances, following the announcement of the first Aberdeen Concert Series, a joint venture between the two national performing companies.

The Aberdeen Concert Series offers concert attenders at the Music Hall increased flexibility by combining the two orchestras’ Aberdeen programmes into one season package. Benefits from the collaboration include increased ease of booking and substantial subscription discounts of up to 40% off single ticket prices. Subscribers will also receive all the latest news and exclusive offers via a special bi-annual newsletter produced by the two orchestras.

The repertoire is broad and varied - nine concerts which span the centuries — from Handel’s Water Music to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The two orchestras each start their respective Aberdeen concerts for 2011/12 with new works; the RSNO’s with a major choral composition by British composer Cecilia McDowall, Northlight, involving communities from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and the SCO’s with a new work by Scottish composer Martin Suckling.

The series welcomes RSNO music director Stéphane Denève and SCO Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati who both make appearances with their respective ensembles, Denève opening and closing the series’ first year, coincidently his last as music director. The series also sees the orchestras joined by some of the world’s finest musicians: violinists Nicola Benedetti, James Ehnes and Viktoria Mullova, pianists Nikolai Lugansky, Nicholas Angelich and Llŷr Williams, and soprano Camilla Tilling.

The RSNO opens the new series on Thursday October, 6 with a major new commission by British composer Cecilia McDowall and writer Alan Spence, a choral work entitled Northlight whilst Saturday, October 15marks the SCO’s first performance of the Aberdeen Concert Series.