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Opening Concert

Donald Runnicles conducts Brahms and Strauss

Supported by The University of Edinburgh
The Morton Charitable Trust supports the 50th Anniversary of Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Saturday 8 August 2015
  • Language: 
    Sung in German with English surtitles
  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Brahms Gesang der Parzen
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer (orch. Brahms)
Brahms Schicksalslied
Strauss Ein Heldenleben

A rich programme of powerful and profoundly personal music, performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its commanding Chief Conductor, Donald Runnicles, renowned worldwide for his passionate accounts of Romantic works.

Monstrously egotistical for some, searingly intense for others, Strauss’s grand autobiographical Ein Heldenleben is a vivid portrait of a hero’s life, his struggles against adversity and his ultimate fulfilment, conveyed in some of the composer’s most expressive and evocative music.

Beforehand, Runnicles directs the Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus in glowingly Romantic choral works by Brahms, from the brooding Gesang der Parzen to the blissful serenity of the Schickalslied, by way of the charming lyricism and disarming tunefulness of the Liebeslieder Waltzer.

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Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Supported by

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50th Anniversary Edinburgh Festival Chorus Partner

The Morton Charitable Trust


BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Brahms Gesang der Parzen
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer (orch. Brahms)
Brahms Schicksalslied
Strauss Ein Heldenleben


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The Opening Concert | Herald Scotland review

August 9th 2015

the most beautiful music that has come my way ★★★★★

Read the full review here (Herald Scotland)

Review by: 

Michael Tumelty
Herald Scotland

The Opening Concert | Telegraph review

August 9th 2015

The orchestra and conductor Donald Runnicles seized their chance and played with full blooded fervour ★★★★

Read the full review here (The Telegraph)

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The Opening Concert | Scotsman review

August 10th 2015

The orchestra delivered a dazzling tour de force ★★★★

Read the full review here (WOW 247)

Review by: 

Susan Nickalls
The Scotsman

Photo: BBC John Wood

This event was part of a previous Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.
The 2016 Festival programme will be released on 6 April 2016.


Grand circle: £46 £39 £26
Stalls: £46 £39 £32
Upper circle: £26 £20 £14
Organ gallery: £14

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot card holders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed: 50% off
Equity card holders: 50% off
MU card holders: 50% off