Richard Stanbrook was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 10th January 1954. Upon leaving school in 1971, he enlisted in the Army and served with the Royal Corps of Transport Staff-Band. In October 1977, Stanbrook transferred to the Royal Military Academy Band Corps, Sandhurst and was its music arranger until expiry of contract in July 1981. Stylistically, Stanbrook does not belong to any school of “ism” and eschews modernity for its own sake. The language, although tonal, has an uncompromising directness which some listeners have found disturbing.

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Nov
22
Wed
Sally Beamish: Whitescape @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm

Stravinsky Concerto in E Flat Major Dumbarton Oaks
Beamish Whitescape
Beethoven Symphony No7

Something old, something new, something borrowed…Stravinsky’s zesty homage to the 18th century gets this year’s series of lunchtime musical feasts off to a mouth-watering start. And when the young New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New unleashes Beethoven’s volcanic Seventh Symphony in the intimate surroundings of the New Auditorium – well, let’s just say that it should certainly recharge your batteries! First, though, something from Scotland. Sally Beamish’s Frankenstein-inspired Whitescape tells a tale of ice, fog and mystery…

Tom Harrold: New Work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (World Premiere) @ Ayr Town Hall, Ayr
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm

HARROLD
New Work, World Premiere (c. 12’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 1 (26’)
MACMILLAN
Í: A Meditation on Iona (16’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 2 (34’)

This is a very Swensen concert, sure to have those hallmark qualities that inspire critical reactions such as thrilling and ecstatic”, and “some of the keenest and most explosive performances from the SCO”.  To have him direct the first two Beethoven symphonies is a rare treat. Great music, of course, but also a fascinating snapshot of Beethoven’s amazing evolution in his early 30s. Twenty years after conducting the premiere, Swensen returns to James MacMillan’s atmospheric Í : a musical evocation of Iona, a place of wild seas, stark beauty and spirituality. Opening the evening is a new voice for SCO audiences as award-winning Tom Harrold writes his first piece for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.30PM
Composer Tom Harrold introduces his new work with a visual presentation, prior to performances in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Nov
23
Thu
Tom Harrold: New Work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra @ Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm

HARROLD
New Work, World Premiere (c. 12’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 1 (26’)
MACMILLAN
Í: A Meditation on Iona (16’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 2 (34’)

This is a very Swensen concert, sure to have those hallmark qualities that inspire critical reactions such as thrilling and ecstatic”, and “some of the keenest and most explosive performances from the SCO”.  To have him direct the first two Beethoven symphonies is a rare treat. Great music, of course, but also a fascinating snapshot of Beethoven’s amazing evolution in his early 30s. Twenty years after conducting the premiere, Swensen returns to James MacMillan’s atmospheric Í : a musical evocation of Iona, a place of wild seas, stark beauty and spirituality. Opening the evening is a new voice for SCO audiences as award-winning Tom Harrold writes his first piece for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.30PM
Composer Tom Harrold introduces his new work with a visual presentation, prior to performances in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Nov
24
Fri
Tom Harrold: New Work for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra @ City Halls, Glasgow
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

HARROLD
New Work, World Premiere (c. 12’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 1 (26’)
MACMILLAN
Í: A Meditation on Iona (16’)
BEETHOVEN
Symphony No 2 (34’)

This is a very Swensen concert, sure to have those hallmark qualities that inspire critical reactions such as thrilling and ecstatic”, and “some of the keenest and most explosive performances from the SCO”.  To have him direct the first two Beethoven symphonies is a rare treat. Great music, of course, but also a fascinating snapshot of Beethoven’s amazing evolution in his early 30s. Twenty years after conducting the premiere, Swensen returns to James MacMillan’s atmospheric Í : a musical evocation of Iona, a place of wild seas, stark beauty and spirituality. Opening the evening is a new voice for SCO audiences as award-winning Tom Harrold writes his first piece for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

COMPOSER INSIGHTS, 6.30PM
Composer Tom Harrold introduces his new work with a visual presentation, prior to performances in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Nov
27
Mon
Rory Boyle: Mondays at One, RCS @ Ledger Recital Room, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm

HONEGGER Rhapsody
BOYLE Touch (for solo flute)
BERKELEY Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet
BOYLE Four Ways to play Reels

As a champion of new music, the Woodwind Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has built a strong relationship with our Composition Department, and in particular with Lecturer in Composition Rory Boyle. Rory has been at the centre of much creative collaboration with current students, graduates and staff of the WW Department and this concert is dedicated to Rory as we wish him well in his retirement from the RCS.

Dec
2
Sat
Alastair Savage: Paisley Abbey @ Paisley Abbey, Paisley
Dec 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

St Andrews Celebration concert

from 10 am – Coffee Morning

12.30 pm – Recital (Alastair Savage & Friends)

Alastair Savage & Peter Clark – Fiddles

Eddie McGuire – Flute

Ewan Robertson – Whistle

Euan Drysdale – Guitar / Piano

Ian Crawford – Double Bass

Admission to recital is £5 payable at the door

Dec
3
Sun
Rory Boyle: Toccata @ St John's Kirk, Perth
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm

Calum Robertson (organ) will perform works including Rory Boyle’s Toccata.

Dec
6
Wed
Elena Piras: The Apothecary @ The Apothecary, Cardiff
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm

Songs from Scotland, Ireland, Sardinia and Bulgaria

Elena will be singing at The Apothecary @ 7:30pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017

Tickets £15 include fine teas and homemade cakes
Spaces limited to book please phone 02921320020

Alastair Savage: The Fiddle Music of Scotland @ Drake Bar, Glasgow
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm

Alastair Savage takes us on a journey of Scots fiddle music featuring music by 18th century master Niel Gow and 19th century composer James Scott Skinner alongside music from present day Scotland including Alastair’s own compositions. Accompanying Alastair will be Alice Allen from Aberdeenshire, a rising star in the cello world.

Dec
9
Sat
William Sweeney: Eòlas nan Ribheid [World Premiere]; John McLeod: The Gokstad Ship @ City Halls, Glasgow
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Programme

David Fennessy

New Work (BBC commission, World Premiere)

William Sweeney

Eòlas nan Ribheid  (The Wisdom of the Reeds) concertino for clarinet and orchestra (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Anna Clyne

Beltane (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

John McLeod

The Gokstad Ship

Oliver Knussen

Symphony No. 3(Scottish Premiere)

 

BBC Commissions for the BBC SSO of new works inspired by Scotland and its culture continues with a new work for clarinet and orchestra, a piece from Anna Clyne inspired by the Beltane Fire Festival and much more. Thomas Dausgaard conducts…

Tickets available from Monday 30 October 2017.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Yann Ghiro (clarinet)

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)