The flagship group of its kind in St Andrews, playing both contemporary and major repertoire under professional direction.
This semester’s concert: Thursday 13th April 2017, 7.30pm, Younger Hall
Award-winning pianist Viv McLean returns to perform Tchaikovsky’s magisterial First Piano Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of the University of St Andrews Music Society. Conducted by Chris George (former leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra), the orchestra will also bring to an end its cycle of Dvořák’s late symphonies with his “From the New World”, one of the most vibrant works in the symphonic repertoire.
Tickets are £8, £5 students, £3 MUSSOC members, FREE to under 12s.
Tickets can be bought at the door or from a member of the orchestra, and online at:
Fully auditioned, The University of St Andrews Symphony Orchestra is the premier group of its kind in St Andrews, bringing together the most talented orchestral players from across the University to produce two high quality concerts each year.
In Semester 1, 2014/15, the Orchestra performed a fantastic concert of Dvorak 8 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. The Dvorak was filmed and can be viewed here:
As a violinist, our conductor Chris George has had a happy and varied career. He was the leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra working regularly with Sir Charles Mackerras, Andrew Manze and Robin Ticciati. He directed the orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and performed chamber music with Christian Zackerias, Richard Egarr and Artur Pizarro. Before the SCO, Chris toured widely as Leader and member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and many chamber groups with such wonderful musicians as Joshua Bell, Murray Perahia, Bernard Haitink and Nicolas Harnoncourt.
Having developed focal dystonia, a neurological problem, Chris has stepped back from playing and is now greatly enjoying conducting and teaching. He is currently working with the St Andrews University Symphony Orchestra and the Meadows Chamber Orchestra and has recently conducted an all-star lineup at the Glossop Festival and a performance of Matthew Rooke’s Flyting with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Futures, O Duo, Gweneth Ann-Jeffers and Donald Maxwell. Chris teaches violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and privately.
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