Concert series off to great start
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