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The Opening Concert

Wit, warmth and wonderful singing
Saturday 5 August 2017
Usher Hall

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Dorothea Röschmann Soprano
Emma Bell Soprano
Werner Güra Tenor

Haydn Symphony No 94 ‘Surprise’
Mendelssohn Symphony No 2 ‘Lobgesang’

A jolt of surprise and a joyful choral celebration launched the 2017 International Festival Usher Hall concerts with an evening of wit and warmth. Granada-born Pablo Heras-Casado, one of the most exciting young international conductors, directs the exceptional players of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Haydn wrote the humorous second movement of his ‘Surprise’ Symphony specifically to make listeners jump, and it’s complemented by propulsive virtuosity throughout the rest of the work.

The concert features three of today’s finest vocalists – Dorothea Röschmann, Emma Bell and Werner Güra, admired for the power and richness of their singing – plus the massed ranks of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus in the choral splendours of Mendelssohn’s radiant Lobgesang.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 11 September

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70th Anniversary

International Festival 2017 opened with the first work of the first concert in 1947, Haydn's 'Surprise' Symphony.

  • Language: 
    Sung in German with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    1hr 45mins approx (one interval)


Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Supported by

The Stevenston Charitable Trust



Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Dorothea Röschmann Soprano
Emma Bell Soprano
Werner Güra Tenor

Haydn Symphony No 94 ‘Surprise’
Mendelssohn Symphony No 2 ‘Lobgesang’

More information about some of the artists

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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Pablo Heras-Casado
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Dorothea Röschmann

Emma Bell

Werner Güra

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

Photo: Fernando Sancho

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

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Grand circle: £49 £42 £27
Stalls: £49 £42 £34
Upper circle: £27 £21 £15

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF