The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will continue to stream world-class music into people’s homes from January – to early April 2021 with performances from Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, saxophonist Jess Gillam, and premieres from SCO Associate Composer Anna Clyne. The SCO also returns to this year’s Celtic Connections with award-winning folksinger and songwriter Karine Polwart and violinist Pekka Kuusisto. All concerts are broadcast via the Orchestra’s YouTube and Facebook channels unless otherwise stated.

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Gavin Reid, Chief Executive, Scottish Chamber Orchestra says: “It is with great pleasure that we announce today a further sixteen SCO concerts taking us from the beginning of January 2021 until early April.

“The understanding and flexibility of our Business Partners, together with the thoughtful generosity of individual donations, has both enabled and encouraged us to keep our digital concerts free and to bring our music to as many people as possible. Whilst the SCO exists to serve audiences across Scotland, we are delighted to be showcasing the Orchestra further afield and have been buoyed by the positive responses to our autumn online concerts.

“We have curated a mixture of repertoire which we hope will delight the seasoned concertgoer as well as those new to the SCO. I am immensely grateful to our musicians for their input and their inspired musical choices for these coming weeks. I am sure the SCO will bring light, hope and joy though their performances in these winter months to music lovers everywhere – wherever they are.”

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Concerts with Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev

28 January, 7:30pm. Filmed at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO)’s Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev features in three concerts, starting with an evening of Hasse, Haydn, Bottesini & Bruch in which he is soloist in Haydn’s Keyboard Concerto in D major. SCO Leader Benjamin Marquise Gilmore and Principal Double Bass Nikita Naumov perform Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante, Principal Cello Philip Higham performs Bruch’s Kol Nidrei. The concert opens with Hasse’s Adagio and Fugue in G minor.

4 February, 7:30pm. Filmed at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Emelyanychev is joined by Soprano Claire Booth, Tenor Andrew Staples and Baritone Roderick Williams for Stravinsky’s one-act ballet Pulcinella which is preceded by Prokofiev’s Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’. This concert is proudly sponsored and match funded by Insider.co.uk and Culture & Business Fund Scotland.

18 March, 7:30pm. Filmed at Perth Concert Hall

The third concert with Emelyanychev sees him direct from the harpsichord Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 5 with SCO Principals, Violinist Stephanie Gonley and Flautist André Cebrián as fellow soloists. The evening is bookended with John Adams’ Shaker Loops and movements from Mozart’s Serenade in B-flat ‘Gran Partita’. This concert is proudly sponsored by Capital Document Solutions.

Find out more about other concerts on the Scottish Chamber Orchestra website.