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Trial By Jury 1990Scottish National Orchestra

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The Scottish National Orchestra, as it was still styled at the time, for many years ran a series of end-of-season Prom concerts in its four major venues. A week, or longer, of varied programmes appeared in Edinburgh and Glasgow, timed to attract students after the end of their exams. Earlier, Aberdeen and Dundee were given three concerts each, over a short residency, usually in the middle of exam time (students were notable by there total absence from proceedings). The programmes were varied, and famous artists appeared. However, concert performances of opera did not usually feature.

Peter Maxwell Davies worked frequently with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, composing a memorable series of Strathclyde Concertos for most of the section principals. He conducted these premières, making regular appearances in the eighties. Work with the SNO happened less often, and it was a delightful surprise to find him in charge of a programme of Gilbert & Sullivan - a style of music he had always loved. The first half saw the excellent soloists and chorus in a series of favourite songs and ensembles:- 'Climbing over rocky mountain', 'The sun whose rays', etc., culminating in the Act 1 finale to The Gondoliers. After the interval, a well cast performance of Trial By Jury provided a rousing climax. Most of the singers had G & S in their blood, particularly through experience in Jonathan Miller's ENO Mikado staging.

Performances in Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow to be added.

Performance DatesTrial By Jury 1990

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Caird Hall | Dundee

25 May, 19.30

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