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Love it or loathe it, the festive season has officially begun.

For some this means the start of a long period of frantic preparation; for others, it’s something to be willingly ignored. For us, it means only one thing: loading the candelabras back in the van, stocking up on antifreeze and looking forward to a crisp trip around Scotland for our much-loved December tour.
Taking place amidst flurries of glowing candles, and mostly at churches and cathedrals, the concerts are undeniably festive. However, they are also a brilliant alternative to the usual Christmas concert offerings – an evening of refuge from the stresses of the season, in the company of our exceptional string players.
This year’s programme, which matches the just-composed with the much-loved, is based on the theme of night and day. Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik needs little introduction, and we felt this would offer the perfect sparkling opening to a December concert. It’s followed by a world premiere of David Matthews’ new arrangement of two Chopin nocturnes for string orchestra – No. 37 No.2 in G major, and Op.55 No.1 in F minor, for those who know the repetoire.
Steve Martland’s Eternity’s Sunrise, which we commissioned in 2007, is an incredible musical evocation of a sunrise. With the whole ensemble playing in rhythmic unison, this is a fiery, propulsive piece guaranteed to warm up a cold winter’s night. To finish is an arrangement for string orchestra of Borodin’s inarguably beautiful String Quartet No.2, written as a love letter to his wife by the Russian chemist-cum-composer.
Stopping in at Aberdeen (5 Dec), Inverness (6 Dec), Edinburgh (7 Dec), Dundee (9 Dec), Perth (10 Dec) and Glasgow (11 Dec), we hope that you can join us along the way for an atmospheric evening of outstanding music.