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 Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 14:00 
Discovering Music 2: Anthony Payne
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Johnson presenter
Martyn Brabbins conductor

As Anthony Payne celebrates his 80th birthday year, Stephen Johnson talks to him about his life as composer, writer and teacher – and about his work on the realisation of the sketches to Edward Elgar's Third Symphony, for which he is best known. Payne’s own compositions, however, are very much his own voice; here the BBC SSO, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, focuses on a selection of his music including 1985’s The Spirit’s Harvest, which was first performed at that year’s BBC Proms. There will be one interval of approximately 15 minutes.

Free tickets available from Monday 2 November 2015.

Anthony Payne : Various

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 Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8pm 
McCabeHear and Now – Beamish/Payne/MacMillan/McCabe
City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Robert Cohen cello
Glasgow Chamber Choir *
Martyn Brabbins conductor

Musical inspiration comes in many forms. The late John McCabe was transfixed by the pattern of sounds coming from a Japanese amusement arcade, which gave rise to his ‘musical entertainment’ Joybox. Sally Beamish’s Second Cello Concerto takes its cue from the wanderings of Robert Cohen’s grandfather and weaves together elements of Polish and South African folksongs with migratory birdcalls. Sir James MacMillan’s faith remains as central to his writing as ever; here his motet for ensemble and chorus is given its UK Premiere by the Glasgow Chamber Choir. Anthony Payne’s dynamic and monumental Time’s Arrow from 1990, meanwhile, is nothing less than an orchestral evocation of ‘The Big Bang’, acclaimed as “a work of stunning confidence with exceptional clarity of thought and argument.” Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC SSO in this concert for BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now, which brings together works by four of the leading British composers of our time.

John McCabe : Joybox
Sally Beamish : Cello Concerto No.2: The Song Gatherer
James MacMillan : Hodie Puer Nascitur
Anthony Payne : Time's Arrow

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 Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7.30pm 
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: John Storgĺrds conducts Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5
Queens Hall
0131 668 2019

John Storgĺrds: conductor; Helena Juntunen: soprano

A new work by celebrated Icelandic composer Hafliđi Hallgrímsson takes English literature as its foundation, forming a song cycle based on poetry by E.E. Cummings, Christina Rosetti and William Blake. The brilliant Finnish soprano Helena Juntunen delivers the deeply emotional lyrics.

One of Vaughan Williams’ most tranquil works, his Symphony No 5, conjures tonal images of the English countryside and often alludes to the sounds of Elizabethan polyphony. The concert opens with Elgar’s richly melodic Introduction and Allegro, a heartfelt tribute to the ‘sweet borderland’ of Herefordshire where the composer was living at the time. The concert is conducted by the wonderfully sympathetic John Storgĺrds.

Composer Insights: 6.30pm - Hafliđi Hallgrímsson introduces his new song cycle.

Edward Elgar : Introduction and Allegro
Hafliđi Hallgrímsson : Song Cycle
Vaughan Williams : Symphony No 5

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