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Scottish Ensemble to collaborate with Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill this February on a programme inspired by musical tales from Ancient Greece.

We are sorry to announce that Christine Rice, the soloist originally advertised as joining us on our Prophecy tour (in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London this February) has unfortunately had to cancel due to illness.

We are, however, delighted to announce that mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill will be stepping in to replace her for these concerts.

As the joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award, Karen regularly performs on some of the most prestigious stages across the UK and beyond, with a voice that is at once velvet, luscious and expressive, but also agile, versatile and capable of many colours and shades. Some of her most recent engagements include: Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust (LSO and Sir Simon Rattle, 2017); Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Das Lied von der Erde with DSO Berlin and Robin Ticciati; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Daniel Harding and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; and three performances at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival.

As an artist we’ve long wanted to work with, we’re looking forward to collaborating with her on a programme inspired by the dramatic, tragic, prophetic stories of Ancient Greek mythology. Featuring instrumental works from Purcell and Stravinsky’s ‘white ballet’, Karen will join us in works by Haydn, Berlioz and Purcell, performing extracts from Berlioz’s Les Troyens and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas including that most mournful of laments, When I Am Laid In Earth.

Musicians and staff at Scottish Ensemble would like to wish Christine all the best for a speedy recovery, and look forward to welcoming Karen to The Queen’s Hall (20 Feb), Wellington Church (21 Feb) and Kings Place (23 Feb).