Con­cert se­ries off to great start

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr - Gary Fan­ning

An out­stand­ing per­for­mance helped kick- start a lively pro­gramme for the Ayr Con­cert Se­ries 2018/ 19.

The Scot­tish Cham­ber Or­ches­tra got things un­der­way on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 3, with an au­di­ence of more than 200 peo­ple en­joy­ing a per­for­mance in­clud­ing the mu­sic of Haydn, Schu­bert and Brahms at Ayr Town Hall.

Now in its 32nd year, the Ayr Con­cert Se­ries is be­ing staged by vol­un­teers from the Ayr Arts Guild on be­half of South Ayr­shire Coun­cil.

Up­com­ing con­certs will see three vis­its by the BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, two of which are be­ing recorded for broad­cast on BBC Ra­dio 3, a re­turn visit from the Scot­tish Cham­ber Or­ches­tra, and one from The Or­ches­tra of Scot­tish Opera. The con­certs bring to life some of the best loved mu­sic from com­posers in­clud­ing Haydn, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Prokofiev and Beethoven.

The se­ries fea­tures a num­ber of lead­ing artists in­clud­ing di­rec­tor / oboist François Leleux; con­duc­tor Richard Farnes and mez­zoso­prano Chris­tine Rice; con­duc­tor Gavin Suther­land and jazz singer Clare Teal will cel­e­brate Christ­mas with the BBC SSO; a New Year gala con­cert with Dun­can Ward con­duct­ing and Stephanie Gon­ley on vi­o­lin. 2019 will see con­certs fea­tur­ing con­duc­tor Dane Lam and oboist Amy Turner; with the se­ries rounded- off with vi­o­lin­ist Laura Samuel, con­ducted by Alexan­der Liebre­ich.

Coun­cil­lor Brian McGin­ley, the coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, tourism and leisure, said the se­ries will help to at­tract hun­dreds of peo­ple across South Ayr­shire and Scot­land. and Tchaikovsky takes place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 2 at 7.30pm at Ayr Town Hall.

Opener Scot­tish Cham­ber Or­ches­tra The sec­ond con­cert fea­tur­ing the BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and mu­sic from Rossini

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