Tuesday June 12, 2018
Amicus orchestra is very special orchestra and we are celebrating our 10thAnniversary with a very special Gala Concert.
Amicus was founded by members of NYOS (National Youth Orchestra of Scotland) Camerata who aspired to keep playing in an orchestra at the highest possible level as they left NYOS and moved into their chosen careers. So it is completely appropriate that we are joined on June 17thby current members of NYOS Symphony Orchestra for this brilliant occasion. Having so much young and exciting talent amongst is very exciting.
Our leader for this concert, Gordon Bragg, is also a NYOS alumnus. He was until recently the second violinist in the Edinburgh quartet and now plays for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as sub-principal 2ndviolin. Gordon also conducted amicus in 2013.
We are particularly pleased we welcome back as conductor the inspiring Catherine Larsen-McGuire, who is based in Berlin. We all learn so much from Catherine who conducted us in February 2017 and are very lucky that she can join us again.
Our soloist for Strauss Four Last Songs is making her return to Glasgow, where she studied at the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan reached the final rounds of the Cardiff Singer of the World in 2017. This is her first performance of the Strauss and anyone in the audience will be privileged to hear her as she is clearly a rising star.
Last year we were lucky to have the oboist Nigel Shore, playing with us and after the concert he wrote in his blog: “Had a wonderful Strauss Concerto weekend with the Amicus Orchestra in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. What a great bunch of people and wow, what a violin section! It was really good to be able to sit back and enjoy the slow movement with a true Straussian string sound. So energetically and sensitively conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire too.” We’ll try not to disappoint Anush!
Being able to assemble such a large orchestra means we can take on the Titan, Mahler’s 1stSymphony. As we are normally a chamber orchestra it is a wonderful opportunity. There aren’t many pieces that include 10 French horns!
Strauss: Four Last Songs
Mahler: Symphony No 1
Venue: Bute Hall, University of Glasgow
Conductor: Catherine Larsen-Maguire
Soprano: Anush Hovhannisyan
Tickets on the door or from the orchestra website www.amicusorchestra.com
Blog by Amicus member, Alison Hutcheson.
Photos courtesy of Bill Kean.