Annual Ayr date for SCO

Richard Egarr'Conductor and Harpsichardist'Photo; Marco Borggreve
Richard Egarr'Conductor and Harpsichardist'Photo; Marco Borggreve

The 30th annual Ayr Concert Series of six concerts by professional Scottish orchestras continues on Saturday 12 November when the Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays in Ayr Town Hall starting at 7.30pm.

The SCO will be conducted by Associate Artist Richard Egarr, in a programme called Beethoven The ‘Pastoral’.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Overture Prometheus and, after the interval, his Pastoral Symphony shows off the freedom of the countryside and total harmonic happiness in his homage to nature.

Before the interval we hear Etienne Méhul’s First Symphony.

He is Paris’s answer to Mozart and Haydn and, according to the conductor, “deserves a much higher status in 19th century music history”.

Tickets for the Christmas with the BBC SSO concert conducted by Stephen Bell with tenor and presenter Jamie MacDougall plus vocalist Clare Teal from BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday 21 December are going very fast, so buy without delay!

The concert is arranged for South Ayrshire Council by volunteers from Ayr Arts Guild in a unique partnership between the local authority, the voluntary sector and the Scottish orchestras.

Tickets costing: Adults £24 Circle, £20 Stalls; Students £5 Stalls; Schoolchildren £3 Stalls, are available from Ayr Gaiety Box Office, Tel: 01292 288 235, open Monday to Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm.