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Johnny Laville Johnny Laville | 09:57 UK time, Thursday, 16 September 2010

Tuesday night saw the first part of an exciting new four-part documentary series featuring the BBC SSO hitting the screens on BBC Two Scotland. The series, called Talking Music, looks at the work of the BBC SSO and gives an exclusive gander at what goes on behind the scenes at one of Britain's leading orchestras.

The series features interviews with the orchestra's team of leading conductors and players, composers who write for the BBC SSO, and soloists from the classical and pop music world who perform alongside the orchestra, including violinist Nicola Benedetti and Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian and God Help the Girl fame. The series also includes lots of footage of the orchestra in action playing works from classical composers such as Sibelius, Elgar and Dvorak, alongside works by contemporary composers Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and James MacMillan, and includes some rather nifty pop music courtesy of God Help the Girl.

The first episode focuses on three of the orchestra's conductors: Superstar Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles, Principal guest conductor Ilan Volkov and Jessica Cottis, Conducting Fellow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

The first part is available for your viewing pleasure on BBC iPlayer right now:

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Episode two turns its attention to the players with Cellist Anthony Sayer, Trumpet player Mark O'Keefe, and two of the orchestra's newest violinists, Amy Cardigan and Alice Rickards providing insight into what it's like be part of an orchestra. Check out the exclusive clip below for a sneaky-peek of episode 2:

Tune in on Tuesday 21 September, 11.20pm or catch on repeat the following day at 2.00pm, or watch on BBC iPlayer.


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