The past week of concerts has been exhilarating, exhausting and incredibly rewarding! I had the pleasure of leading Mahler Players during four performances of Mahler’s 9th Symphony in a mini tour around the Highlands, providing a brilliant standard to audiences from Ardross to Perth Concert Hall. As always, it was a pleasure working alongside such a group of talented musicians, as well as working with inspiring conductor Tomas Leakey.
It is safe to say I’ll have the luscious melodies of the final movement in my head for weeks to come!
Reviews of our various performances can be found below:
What’s on North
Next weekend Turadh will be playing at the Fasgadh Festival in Dunain Community Woodland. The festival will feature live music all day, including an afternoon ceilidh and storytelling. Our time is yet to be confirmed but the day starts at 11am and lasts well into the night – hope to see you there!
Last month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I performed with the new touring company Magnetic Opera for their production of Puccini’s La Boheme. Using a special chamber arrangement of the music by Kenneth Roberts and only seven cast members, Magnetic Opera made an engaging and accessible performance of the celebrated opera. The production received a 5 star review from the Scottish Herald which you can read here.
Last weekend the Highland Chamber Orchestra performed in Lochaber High School, Fort William, and in Dornoch Cathedral. It was a brilliantly varied programme including music from Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Kodaly, as well as featuring soloist Katy Bell performing Arthur Sullivan’s cello concerto. The orchestra also performed a new work by Thurso based composer Katrina Gordon, entitled Fingerless Dougal. You can find out more about the Highland Chamber Orchestra from their website.