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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Supported by The University of Edinburgh
Performance of Sandakan Threnody supported by Roxane Clayton

Saturday 30 August
  • Running time: 
    1 hour and 45 minutes approximately

Ilan Volkov Conductor

Hibla Gerzmava Soprano
Claudia Huckle Contralto
Simon O’Neill Tenor
Andrew Staples Tenor
Jan Martiník Bass

Thomas Trotter Organ

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Jonathan Mills Sandakan Threnody

Janáček Glagolitic Mass

The Festival's concert series at the Usher Hall concludes in epic style, with a blazing confrontation between darkness and light given by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov.

Edinburgh International Festival Director and composer Sir Jonathan Mills's oratorio Sandakan Threnody honours the 2,500 British and Australian prisoners of war who lost their lives in the death marches in North Borneo during the Second World War.

By contrast, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass is a joyous affirmation of life. A cast of renowned international singers, the full force of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and acclaimed organist Thomas Trotter bring the Festival to a spectacular, jubilant close.

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Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

Supported by

The University of Edinburgh logo

Performance of Sandakan Threnody supported by

Roxane Clayton

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov Conductor

Hibla Gerzmava Soprano
Claudia Huckle Contralto
Simon O'Neill Tenor
Andrew Staples Tenor
Jan Martiník Bass

Thomas Trotter Organ

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Jonathan Mills Sandakan Threnody
Janáček Glagolitic Mass

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Edinburgh Reporter

September 2nd 2014

★ ★ ★ ★ 

"full of verve and brilliant detail"

Review by: 

David Kettle

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Scotsman

September 2nd 2014

★ ★ ★ ★

"a fine Festival ended on an exhilarating note"

Review by: 

Ken Walton

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - The Herald

September 2nd 2014

★ ★ ★ ★

"The BBCSSO with Volkov were incisive throughout"

Review by: 

Rosenna East

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Bachtrack

September 2nd 2014

★ ★ ★ ★

"... eerie cinematic undertones. The balanced entreaties of the EFC and the quartet of fine soloists provided a wonderful counterpoint to this."

Review by: 

Alan Coady

Photo: Simon Butterworth

This event was part of a previous Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

Tickets

Grand circle: £44 £36 £18
Stalls: £44 £36 £27
Upper circle: £25 £18 £12

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed people: 50% off
Equity/MU cardholders: 50% off
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