Season 2015-2016

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 3rd October 2015
Inverleith St Serf's Church, Ferry Road, 7.45 pm

Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5 in D
Sibelius Symphony No 5 in Eb Op 82
Findlay Spence Perpetuum Mobile (Premiere)

Conductor Steve King

The MCO welcomes to its podium for the first time composer, conductor, SCO violist, and Director of Music at Heriot-Watt University, Steve King MBE. His exciting programme culminates with the popular masterpiece of Finnish music, Sibelius's fifth symphony, opens with an English fifth symphony, Vaughan Williams's gentle, romantic, and pastoral-style opus, and includes the winning work in this year's MCO Composers' Competition, Findlay Spence's Perpetuum Mobile.

Saturday 21st November 2015
Inverleith St Serf's Church, Ferry Road, 7.45 pm

Mozart Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K620
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33 (original version)
Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27

Conductor Peter Evans
Cello Aleksei Kiseliov

The second concert of this season is a mainly Russian programme in which Tchaikovsky's gorgeous and witty improvisations on a Rococo melody are contrasted with Rachmaninov's epic, lyrical, and intensely nostalgic second symphony. The programme opens with Mozart's majestic overture to his late masterpiece, the Magic Flute, and the soloist in the Tchaikovsky is the brilliant young Russian cellist and principal of the RSNO, Aleksei Kiseliov.

Saturday 6th February 2016
Inverleith St Serf's Church, Ferry Road, 7.45 pm

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, Op 35
Oliver Searle Accidental Dances (Premiere)
Brahms Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68

Conductor David Watkin
Violin Alexander Janiczek

Two popular and eminent musicians make further guest appearances with the Meadows: conductor and musicologist David Watkin and violinist Alexander Janiczek. Together they tackle Tchaikovsky's lyrical and hugely virtuosic violin concerto, with the latter part of the programme devoted to Brahms's glorious first symphony. The concert also includes the premiere of a specially commissioned work, Accidental Dances by Oliver Searle - "one of the most interesting emerging compositional voices inthe Scottish music scene".

Saturday 18th June 2016
The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 7.45 pm

Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra
Liszt Piano Concerto No 1 in Eb
Dvořák Romance in F minor, Op 11
Dvořák Czech Suite, Op 39

Conductor Peter Evans
Piano Richard Beauchamp
Violin Uli Evans

Our final concert of the season is a Hungarian/Czech programme whcih begins and ends with dance. Bartók's virtuoso masterpiece for string orchestra and Dvořák's wonderfully exuberant Czech Suite are both inspired by folk music. There is more virtuosity in Liszt's extraordinary cyclic first piano concerto and utterly beautiful lyricism in Dvořák's F minor Romance. The soloists in the latter pieces are distinguished Edinburgh musicians and residents: New Zealand pianist Richard Beauchamp and German violinist Uli Evans.

Additional Concert


Saturday 19th March 2016
Meadows Chamber Music
St Mark's Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace, 7.45 pm

R. Strauss String sextet introduction to Capriccio
Stravinsky Octet for wind instruments
Ravel Valses Nobles at Sentimentales (Piano)
R. Strauss Metamorphosen (String septet version)
Stravinsky Double Canon (String quartet)

Piano Peter Evans

Admission free, retiring collection.