Tayside Symphony Orchestra welcomes new conductor

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A well-known Angus musician and musical director has taken up the reins at the Tayside Symphony Orchestra.

At the end of the June Concert, Andrew McGarva handed over the baton to Richard Allan and The Orchestra is delighted to welcome him to his debut concert as conductor in the Reid Hall, Forfar, on Saturday, September 24.

The highlight of the concert will be the ‘Double Concerto for Violin and Cello’ by Brahms, the soloists being husband and wife, Maya Iwabuchi and Matthias Feile. Maya, who is currently Joint Leader of the RSNO, made her first appearance in concert at the age of five and has enjoyed a glittering international career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Matthias studied music in his hometown, Munich, before further studies and a successful international career took him abroad. For many years, he was Principal Cellist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. A career change allowed Matthias to study medicine and he is presently a psychiatrist in the Tayside area. The Orchestra is delighted to welcome Matthias back to share the stage following his acclaimed appearance as soloist in 2014.

The programme also includes Puccini’s hauntingly beautiful ‘Capriccio Sinfonica’, the well-known Ballet Suite from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by Tchaikovsky and Tomlinson’s ‘Fantasia on Auld Lang Syne’, which will set a challenge for the audience - how many tunes can you identify?

According to composer Tomlinson: “They rush past pretty quickly, so there’s not much point in counting them, just sit back and enjoy.”

The Concert commences at 7.30pm, and doors are open from 6.45pm. Tickets can be bought at the door, adults £12, concessions £10, children under 16 years accompanied by an adult - free.