I asked the mu­si­cians to play it less ‘mer­lot’ and more ‘amarone’

Alpesh Chauhan on his ‘big crazy pro­grammes’ in Scot­land and get­ting chil­dren into se­ri­ous mu­sic

The Herald Magazine - - Arts FEATURE -

ABERDEEN’S Mu­sic KEITH BRUCEHall may be one of the old­est concert venues in Scot­land, but as it re­opens fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment its first or­ches­tral concert on De­cem­ber 15 is very much a show­case for youth­ful mu­sic-mak­ing.

The soloist play­ing Grieg’s Piano Con­certo with the BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Orches­tra is Alice Sara Ott, who turned 30 a cou­ple of months ago, and the con­duc­tor, Alpesh Chauhan, al­ready far from a stranger to Scot­tish au­di­ences, had his 28th birth­day in April. He cel­e­brated it in the com­pany of the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land’s Sym­phony Orches­tra and Rach­mani­nov’s Sym­phonic Dances on what was his last visit north of the Border.

On this oc­ca­sion Glas­gow au­di­ences will have the op­por­tu­nity to see him at the City Halls two days be­fore the Aberdeen concert, in an af­ter­noon per­for­mance broad­cast live on BBC Ra­dio 3, but the only com­mon

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