|The Meadows Chamber Orchestra |
For 40 years the Meadows Chamber Orchestra, under its principal
conductor and musical adviser, Peter Evans, has performed regularly and
with critical acclaim to audiences in Edinburgh and beyond.
A tradition of imaginative programming and exciting performances has
given the Orchestra a unique place in Scottish musical life. In
recognition of its promotion of contemporary music, the Orchestra has
received several Awards for Enterprise
from the Performing Rights
and occasional generous financial support from various sources.
In recent years the Meadows has twice broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
The Orchestra normally promotes three or four concerts a year in
Edinburgh - typically in late October, early December, March and May.
Although the orchestra's main focus of activity is on the concerts of
its own Edinburgh series, it occasionally makes itself
available to play for concerts promoted by other
organisations, typically music societies based within a reasonable
travelling distance from Edinburgh. Press the contact us
button to see whom to ask about this.
Peter Evans, the Orchestra's Musical Advisor, conducts the majority
of concerts in the season. In at least one other concert in the season
the Orchestra is able to widen its musical and technical experience by
working with guest conductors such as Garry Walker, William Conway,
and David Watkin, amongst others.
Most soloists are either established local musicians or gifted young
players from Scotland and further afield who are in the early stages of
establishing a national or international reputation. The Orchestra has
also had the opportunity to work with soloists of the calibre of Alexander
Janiczek, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Kovacevic, Anthony Marwood, and Moray
All players perform on an amateur basis although some have extensive
professional performing experience.
Programmes offer classical favourites and less familiar music,
frequently including contemporary works by composers resident in
Scotland - Craig Armstrong, Sally Beamish, Lyell Creswell, Dick Lee,
Edward McGuire and James MacMillan among others - several written
specifically for the Meadows. The symphonic repertoire has embraced
Brahms, Dvorak, Schumann, Sibelius and even Tchaikovsky, as well as
Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
The Orchestra is formally constituted as a Scottish Charity. It is
managed by a committee, elected at the Annual General Meeting and with
powers to co-opt. An equal opportunities policy has been adopted.
Registered Charity No SC023005