Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) and Chorus are set to perform Handel’s Messiah at Aberdeen Music Hall at the end of this month.
Following from its opening concert of the 2014/15 season at the Aberdeen venue – Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Llyr Williams as soloist on November 8 – the SCO makes a welcome return to the city, together with its critically acclaimed SCO Chorus.
Under the baton of SCO associate artist Richard Egarr, the chorus will showcase its talents in Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, November 29, alongside a stellar cast of singers, including Elizabeth Watts and Ashley Riches.
Richard Egarr, music director of the Academy of Ancient Music, brings with him his vast experience and knowledge of historically informed performance. The chorus is also widely recognised as having gone from strength to strength under the direction of director Greg Batsleer, who extended his contract with the SCO recently until 2018.
Greg commented: “There is a real buzz about the choir now. After five years, we feel very comfortable with each other and I feel that I’m in a very special environment with them. It’s been an amazing journey.”
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the SCO Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah at the Music Hall, Aberdeen, on Saturday, November 29, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com or by calling 01224 641122. Performance includes a pre-concert talk with Richard Egarr in which the conductor will provide an insight into the work.
The orchestra’s next appearance in Aberdeen will be on Saturday, January 17, 2015, for a concert in which pianist Llyr Williams returns to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.