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Mendelssohn spent just three weeks touring Scotland in 1829 but the inspiration he drew from it gave us two enduring musical classics. His symphony evokes Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace, while The Hebrides takes you out to sea in a storm – not one of Mendelssohn’s happiest experiences, but it evidently made an impression!

Completing this Caledonian special, two of Scotland’s top musicians, composer Helen Grime and soloist Colin Currie, meet the SCO in a new concerto. Grime’s idea of percussion is melodious and often lyrical as she plays with sounds of metal and wood “...an orchestral kaleidoscope of flickering lights and perfectly judged timbres" (Financial Times)

Mendelssohn: Overture, The Hebrides
Grime: Percussion Concerto Scottish Premiere
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’      

François Leleux: Conductor
Colin Currie: Percussion

Storytelling Insights 6.45pm (Edinburgh and Glasgow): A postcard from the past. Join storyteller Anna Lehr and SCO Cello Eric de Wit for a musical tale inspired by Mendelssohn’s love of Scotland. Encounter battles, royal leaders and stunning scenery.

 

SCO 2019/20: Leleux conducts Mendelssohn's 'Scottish'

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