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 The Queen's Hall's Spring Summer 2016 Season Brochure is now available to download as a PDF (6MB). It has full information on over 50 shows taking place at The Queen's Hall from late Feb 2016 - June 2016, plus some of our Autumn shows already on sale.

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Best known as the voice of iconic Gaelic folk group Capercaillie, Karen Matheson returns to The Queen's Hall for a concert showcasing her recent solo album Urram (Gaelic for Respect).

“Her voice is simply one of the most persuasive on the scene, with an unmistakable, meltingly smooth, pure timbre that beguiles intensely with every turn of phrase... With Urram, Karen has produced a most telling and appealing musical love-letter to her Hebridean roots” (Living Tradition)
“Matheson has long been recognised as one of Scotland’s finest singers” (Songlines)


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Bach: Overture from Suite No 3 
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5 ‘Reformation’ 
Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden 
Bach: Magnificat

Richard Egarr: conductor; Mhairi Lawson: soprano; Daniela Lehner: mezzo soprano; Andrew Tortise: tenor; Peter Harvey: baritone; SCO Chorus; Gregory Batsleer: chorus director

A rousing concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the SCO Chorus, brings together radiant music of celebration and faith for chorus and orchestra, directed by renowned historical performance expert and SCO Associate Artist Richard Egarr.

There’s a sense of awe and exultation throughout Bach’s magnificent Magnificat, for which the SCO and its Chorus are joined by a fine line-up of international soloists. Mendelssohn weaves hymn melodies into his mighty ‘Reformation’ Symphony, and his Verleih uns Frieden is a moving prayer for peace. Egarr begins the concert with the resplendent Overture from Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite.

Chorus Insights: 6.30pm - Gregory Batsleer and members of the SCO Chorus celebrate the Chorus’ first 25 years.


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Henze: Symphony No 1 
Suckling: Six Speechless Songs 
Britten: Lachrymae 
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 1 in C minor

Oliver Knussen: conductor; Jane Atkins: viola

Two first symphonies frame renowned British conductor Oliver Knussen’s provocative, wide-ranging programme: the powerful, rapturous First Symphony by German composer Hans Werner Henze and Mendelssohn’s dramatic First, astonishingly written when he was just 15.

SCO Principal Viola Jane Atkins is the soloist in Britten’s moving Lachrymae, based on a melancholy lute song by Dowland, and the concert is completed with the rich lyricism of Six Speechless Songs by SCO Associate Composer Martin Suckling, written to celebrate the Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary.

Twitter @SCOmusic

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On their debut Cooking Vinyl album, Little Windows, Teddy Thompson and American singer Kelly Jones give audiences engaging views of the joys and sorrows of love and the vagaries of the human heart.

Longtime mutual admirers, Teddy and Kelly first sang together at LA's Club Largo in 2011. The songs that they’ve written since capture complex emotions with simple honesty. You can hear the give and take, the dynamics, the occasional imperfections, and the deep human soul of performances.

After their first London show sold out in eight minutes and their Celtic Connections concert in Glasgow had to transfer from a small theatre to the 2,000 capacity Royal Concert Hall, Teddy and Kelly are looking forward to their first national tour together. 

“Glorious country-edged duets that have the easy charm of the Everly Brothers” (The Guardian)
“Sparkling pop gems and sobering country ballads” (Rolling Stone) 

Twitter @teddythompson 

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The true nature of fans, music and the strange'n'wonderful world of Belle & Sebastian:
#music   #belleandsebastian  

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Award winning jazz guitarist Martin Taylor and acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson return to The Queen’s Hall for one night only.

“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable” (Pat Metheny)
“Distinctive coiled-spring beauty and power. A revelation…Exquisitely at one with the All-English repertoire…a master” (Mojo)

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Twitter @martintaylormbe|@msimpsonian


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Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat ‘Dumbarton Oaks’
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2 
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte 
Bizet: Symphony in C

Alexandre Bloch: conductor; Anika Vavić: piano

Music to amuse, entertain and inspire: young French conductor Alexandre Bloch’s sparkling concert shows four composers at their most jovial in beautifully crafted works full of wit and ingenuity.

Bizet wrote his exuberant Symphony in C at the age of just 17, and it clearly displays his youthful high spirits. Serbian pianist Anika Vavić is the soloist in Shostakovich’s warm-hearted Second Piano Concerto, full of rich melody and even a joke at the expense of his son, the Concerto’s first soloist. Bloch opens his concert with the intimate invention of Stravinsky’s zesty, Bach-inspired ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ Concerto.

Twitter @SCOmusic

#edinburgh   #classicalmusic  

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The Tannahill Weavers, Cathal McConnell & Friends, Siamsoir Irish Dance Troupe and the Thistle & Shamrock Session Band with Edinburgh Irish Set Dancers showcase the best in Scottish and Irish traditional music, song and dance. This will reflect the close cultural connections between the two countries - a true Celtic Crossover!

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire demonstrates the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. 
Irish folk legend Cathal McConnell, Scottish fiddle master Duncan Wood and harp player Karen Marshalsay team up to present an exciting programme of traditional music. Cathal, a founder member of The Boys of the Lough, was recently named Irish Traditional Singer of the Year.


#folkmusic   #edinburgh   #irish  
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