Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Inverurie

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THE Scottish Chamber Orchestra brings a programme of summer classics by Rossini, Weber and Prokofiev, to Inverurie Town Hall on Thursday, June 9 at 8pm.

The Orchestra is reunited with popular guest artist Alexander Janiczek, who directs from the violin in this performance. He will open the concert with Rossini’s uplifting Sonata No 3 in C, written when the composer was just twelve years old.

SCO Principals Peter Whelan (bassoon) and Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) each take on a wind concerto by Carl Maria von Weber. The Bassoon Concerto is one of the two most significant works in the instrument’s repertoire (the other being that by Mozart) and the Concertino for Horn and Orchestra is a work which demands extreme skill from the soloist. Prokofiev’s popular Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’ closes the concerts.

Peter Whelan said, “Playing in the summer tours across Scotland is one of the perks of working with the SCO, not least because of the enthusiastic audiences you come across. Weber’s Bassoon Concerto is a very operatic and over the top piece and I am hoping to share the fun with our audiences.”

Alec Frank-Gemmill, who performs as soloist with the SCO for the first time in these concerts, added, “It goes without saying that I’m really excited to be performing as a soloist with the SCO. Besides being a great honour for me, it’s also an opportunity to do justice to Weber’s Concertino. I have always enjoyed working with Alexander Janiczek and it’s great to collaborate with him on a solo piece. The Concertino for Horn is an absolutely crazy virtuoso show-piece and we’re hoping to bring out lots of the finer details besides the massive adrenaline!”

In September, the Orchestra and Alexander Janiczek will record the Weber concertos for Linn Records, with the SCO Principals as soloists.

Alexander Janiczek has established a close relationship with the SCO, regularly collaborating as a player/director, both at home and abroad.

This concert will also be performed in Strathpeffer Pavilion (Friday 10 June) and Ullapool Village Hall (Saturday 11 June).