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Scottish Ensemble
Commonwealth Strings

The Queen's Hall Series is supported by Edinburgh International Festival Benefactors
Supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

Tuesday 26 August
  • Running time: 
    1 hour and 45 minutes approximately

Elgar Introduction and Allegro
Peter Sculthorpe Sonata for Strings No 3
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Gareth Farr Relict Furies for mezzo soprano and double string orchestra (EIF commission, World Premiere)
Tippett Concerto for Double String Orchestra

A vibrant celebration of the richness and diversity of music-making across the Commonwealth. The Scottish Ensemble brings together 14 of Scotland's foremost string players in a tightly knit ensemble, famed for its luminous, ardent performances. It is joined by Commonwealth Strings, a group of exceptional young string players selected from across the Commonwealth for this Festival performance, in a concert contrasting glorious English classics and rich Antipodean evocations.

Elgar's noble yet virtuosic Introduction and Allegro is joined by Vaughan Williams's mystical 'Tallis Fantasia', interspersed with the vivid nature evocations of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe's joyful Third Sonata for Strings and a new Festival commission from leading New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, sung by mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly. The concert ends with the jazzy rhythms of Tippett's thrilling Concerto for Double String Orchestra.

Scottish Ensemble: 'exquisite'

The Scotsman


In association with the Royal Over-Seas League


This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

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The Queen's Hall

85-89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9JG

The Queen's Hall Series is supported by

Edinburgh International Festival Benefactors

Supported by

Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

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Scottish Ensemble
Commonwealth Strings

Sarah Connolly Mezzo soprano

Elgar Introduction and Allegro
Peter Sculthorpe Sonata for Strings No 3
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Gareth Farr Relict Furies for mezzo soprano and double string orchestra (EIF commission, World Premiere)
Tippett Concerto for Double String Orchestra

Scottish Ensemble | Commonwealth Strings - The Herald

August 27th 2014

★ ★ ★ ★ 

"I never expect to hear [the Scottish Ensemble] again as I did yesterday morning at the Edinburgh Festival, where they were sensational in the best performance I have ever heard them deliver"

Review by: 

Michael Tumelty

Scottish Ensemble | Commonwealth Strings - The Scotsman

August 27th 2014

★ ★ ★ ★

"the most wonderfully dramatic singing from mezzo Sarah Connolly"

Review by: 

Carol Main

Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

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

Tickets

Centre stalls: £30
Rear centre stalls: £27
Side stalls: £27 £22 £19
Centre gallery: £30 £27
Side gallery: £22
Limited view: £11
No view seats: £8.50

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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