BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thu 19 Sept 7.45pm

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Duration: approx. 2 hours

Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis

Prometheus Symphony

World Premiere commissioned by Lammermuir Festival and BBC Radio 3

Symphony No 5


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Credit: Lammermuir Festival

The last and most ambitious of Stuart MacRae’s three magnificent Lammermuir Festival commissions based on the Prometheus myth is a work for voices and orchestra which will make dramatic use of the space in Haddington’s great mediaeval parish church. So does Vaughan Williams’s rich-toned fantasia, to magical effect, with a solo quartet placed far from the rest of the strings. Under the acclaimed young English conductor Matthew Halls, the BBC SSO will demonstrate its close affinity with Sibelius in his life-affirming 5th Symphony.

'… the orchestra, with guest conductor Matthew Halls, was luminous enough in itself to have lit up the skies like daylight … Mr. Halls drew lovely sounds from the musicians in front of him'

'Stuart MacRae fuses dramatic flair, orchestral finesse and luminous vocals'

The Guardian

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Recorded at

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

The Collegiate Church of St Mary the Virgin is one of the great ecclesiastical buildings of mediaeval Scotland, founded in 1380 and known for centuries as "The Lamp of Lothian".

It was severely damaged in the 16th Century during Henry VIII's 'Rough Wooing' of Scotland, and after the Reformation only the nave was used as a parish church, with the choir and tower remaining roofless.

It was finally restored to its former glory in the 1970s, and is Scotland's longest church as well as one of its most beautiful, with a wonderfully warm, resonant acoustic.

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington