Season 2013-2014

Tickets for these concerts are available in advance from:
Queen's Hall Box Office
Clerk Street
Tel: 0131 668 2019

and at the door.
£11.00 Full price
£9.00 Concessions
£5.00 Students
£1.00 Children

Saturday 5th October 2013
St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road, 7.45 pm

Alfredo Caponnetto Vasija de Cristal (premiere)
Gershwin Piano Concerto
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Brahms/Swensen Sinfonia in B (1st movement)

Conductor Peter Evans
Piano Svetoslav Todorov

Svetoslav Todorov, winner of the 2012 Tovey Memorial Prize awarded by the University of Edinburgh, has been described as a 'sensational' and 'wonderful' pianist. Commissioned in 1925 by conductor and director Walter Damrosch, Gershwin's piano concerto is closer in form to a traditional concerto than is his earlier Rhapsody in Blue.
We mark the bicentenary of Richard Wagner's birth by including his Siegfried Idyll, written in 1870 as a birthday present for his wife Cosima.
Joseph Swensen's Sinfonia is a transcription of the original version of Brahms' B major piano trio, and uses the orchestra as a virtuoso instrument.

Saturday 23rd November 2013
Greyfriars Kirk, 7.45 pm

John de Simone Quiet Meadow (premiere)
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No 3, Op 55 (Eroica)

Conductor Chris George
Clarinet Katherine Spencer

Making his first appearance as guest conductor with the MCO, Chris George is well known to Edinburgh audiences as a leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The concert will open with the first performance of Quiet Meadow, written by the young Glasgow based composer, John de Simone.
Katherine Spencer, who has played as a soloist with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, performs Mozart's clarinet concerto.
Beethoven's Eroica, as the first of a series of large scale works of emotional depth and structural rigour, marks the arrival of his 'middle period'.

Saturday 8th February 2014
Greyfriars Kirk, 7.45 pm

Tippett Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Poulenc Organ Concerto
Dvorak Serenade in D minor, Op 44
Beethoven Leonora Overture No 3

Conductor Peter Evans
Organ Tom Wilkinson

Greyfriars Kirk is home to the largest working pipe organ built by Peter Collins and the MCO is delighted to welcome Tom Wilkinson as soloist in Poulenc's organ concerto, composed between 1934 and 1938.
Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra uses syncopation and imitation and the resultant antiphonal effect is similar to that found in early Renaissance and Baroque choral music.
Rounding up a programme of contrasts is Dvorak's Wind Serenade and Beethoven's lovely Leonora Overture.

Saturday 10th May 2014
Greyfriars Kirk, 7.45 pm

Debussy Scenes from Pelléas et Mélisande
Seamus Heath Rhapsody No 1 (premiere)
Brahms Symphony No 3

Conductor David Watkin
Soprano Emily Mitchell
Bass Matthew Brook

The MCO is delighted to welcome back David Watkin as guest conductor in an enterprising and varied programme. Impressionism reached its height in the writing of Claude Debussy and provides a marked contrast to the eloquence of Brahms' 3rd symphony.
Seamus Heath is a pupil at St Mary's Music School and his work, Rhapsody No. 1, was the winning entry in this year's MCO Composers' Competition.

Additional Chamber Concerts


Saturday 26th October 2013
Winds of Edinburgh
Canongate Kirk, 7.30 pm
Mozart Quintet in Eb for Piano and Winds, K452
Mozart Serenade in C minor for Wind Octet, K388
Strauss Sonatina in F for 16 Wind Instruments

If Mozart was the supreme master of woodwind (and horn) writing, Richard Strauss, who revered Mozart, was not far behind. This is evident in many of his scores, but especially in several works that he composed near the end of his life - the concertos for horn, oboe and clarinet/bassoon, and the two oddly named Sonatinas for 16 winds, which are in reality complex works of symphonic proportions. The first of these, despite being written in the turmoil of war and when Strauss was recovering from illness, is full of energy, invention and fun in the outer movements, while the intervening Romanze takes us straight back to the musical world of Rosenkavalier.

Tickets £10, seniors £8, students/unwaged £5, under-16s free.
Advance bookings: Queen's Hall Box Office: 0131 668 2019

Saturday 22nd March 2014
Meadows Chamber Music
St Mark's Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, 7.45 pm
Dohnányi Sextet, Op 37 (1935)
Stravinsky Septet (1953)
Milhaud Suite, Op 157b (1936)

Piano Peter Evans

Milhaud's lighthearted Suite (for violin, clarinet, and piano) reworks his incidental music for Jean Anouilh's play Le voyageur sans bagages.
Dohnányi's Sextet was his last piece of chamber music. An unusual combination of instruments (clarinet, horn, piano, violin, viola and cello) has resulted in a truly extraordinary work.
Stravinsky's Septet (adding a bassoon to the above instrumentation), written soon after the death of Schoenberg, shows him liberated to use serial techniques to his own very different musical ends.

Admission free, retiring collection.