Season 2014-2015
 

 
Tickets for these concerts are available in advance from:
Queen's Hall Box Office
Clerk Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9JG
Tel: 0131 668 2019

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

 
Sunday 5th October 2014
St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road, 7.45 pm

Weber Overture - Der Freischütz
Matilda Cubarsi Nemini Parco (premiere)
Haydn Symphony No 104 in D
Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor Op 61

Conductor David Watkin
Violin Alexander Janiczek


David Watkin returns to direct the Meadows Chamber Orchestra in the first of his two concerts as guest conductor. He will be joined by the acclaimed violinist Alexander Janiczek, also well known to the MCO, in a performance of Elgar's beautiful Violin Concerto. Symphony No 104 is the last of Joseph Haydn's so-called London Symphonies and was composed in 1795 while Haydn was resident in London.

'David brings ... a passionate belief in the juxtaposition of scholarship and musicianship' - Grove Dictionary of Music.

Matilda Cubarsi is a pupil at St. Mary's Music School and her work, Nemini Parco, was the winning composition from a large number of entries in this year's MCO Composers' Competition.


 
Saturday 15th November 2014
Inverleith St Serf's Church, Ferry Road, 7.45 pm

Mozart Symphony No 35 in D, K385 (Haffner)
Schubert Symphony No 8 in B minor, D759 (Unfinished)
Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op 77

Conductor Peter Evans
Violin Thomas Bowes


A concert 'in two sharps', Peter Evans has devised a most attractive programme from the classical and romantic repoertoire. His friend and colleague, Thomas Bowes, makes a welcome return as soloist in one of the best-loved of all musical compositions, the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major. Thomas is currently artistic director of the 'Langvad Chamber Music Jamboree', a music festival in northern Denmark.

'The playing was superb' - Los Angeles Times

Mozart's 'Haffner' Symphony and Schubert's 'Unfinished' are justifiably two of the most popular works of all time.


 
Saturday 7th February 2015
Greyfriars Kirk, 7.45 pm

Shostakovich Symphony No 9 in Eb, Op 70
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op 31
Dvořák Symphony No 8 in G, Op 88

Conductor David Watkin
Tenor Joshua Owen Mills
Horn Patrick Broderick


Small in scale and full of humour, Shostakovich said of his 9th Symphony, 'Musicians will love to play it and critics will delight in blasting it'. The work was controversial from the outset, rejecting as it did the Soviet government's emphasis on subjects such as national character, service to the people, and 'truthfulness and realism'. The Serenade by Benjamin Britten, composed for Peter Pears and the great horn player Dennis Brain, remains one of his most evocative compositions. Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No 8 is not without its moments of pathos but it is essentially a warm and sunny work - as one might expect from a composer who reported that 'melodies simply pour out of me'.


 
Saturday 23rd May 2015
St Cuthbert's Church, Lothian Road, 7.45 pm

Debussy Prelude to L'après-midi d'un faune
Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op 119
Debussy/Beamish Suite for cello and orchestra
Richard Michael Meadows Suite for jazz piano and orchestra

Conductor Peter Evans
Cello Robin Michael
Piano Richard Michael


One of Debussy's most famous works, the 'Prelude', stretches keys and tonalitites to their limits and has been described as 'ten minutes that changed the musical world'. Robin Michael returns as a welcome soloist in the virtuosic 2nd Cello Concerto by Saint-Saens and also plays an arrangement by Sally Beamish of the Debussy suite.

Commissioned by the MCO for its 40th Anniversary in 2012, Richard Michael's Suite consists of five movements, each in the style of a legendary jazz pianist. The composer will treat the audience to a range of colours from Stride through to Latin, Swing, Ballad, and Be-bop; it may not be your usual MCO style, but at the last performance it was greeted with much critical acclaim.


 
 
 
Additional Concert
 

 

 
Sunday 15th March 2014
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, 7.30 pm (time tbc)

Warlock Capriol Suite
Mozart Adagio in E for violin and orchestra, K261
Mozart Symphony No 33 in Bb, K319
Dvorak Romance for violin and orchestra, Op 11
Schubert Symphony No 3 in D, D200

Conductor Peter Evans
Violin Uli Evans