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Scottish Chamber Orchestra and VOCAL are working in partnership to offer unpaid carers and one companion the opportunity to hear live orchestral music from a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages.

LES ILLUMINATIONS: Thursday 16 March, 7.30pm at The Queen’s Hall 

Hallucinations and wild imaginings: join Finnish musical pioneer Pekka Kuusisto on a journey into the strange and the wonderful in the second concert in his SCO residency.

With adulation for his Peter Grimes last year at London’s Royal Opera House, Allan Clayton is the most exciting British tenor of the moment – and one of our most celebrated interpreters of Britten. He’s the soloist amid the fanfares, parades and sensual visions of Britten’s larger-than-life Les Illuminations, settings of phantasmagorical verse by French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

There’s more Gallic surrealism in the witty Songs for tenor, violin and drone by New York-based Nico Muhly, and Kuusisto is the soloist in the long-awaited Scottish premiere of his friend and colleague’s dashing, exuberant violin concerto Shrink. In between, Haydn’s final, grandest and most joyful Symphony, written expressly to surprise and delight.

*Co-commissioned by Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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Thu 16 Mar
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Queen’s Hall
85-89 Clerk St, Newington
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
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