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Listen Here! Three days, four events from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra throws open the doors of its home at Glasgow's City Halls from Friday 11 June to Sunday 13 June, to host its third annual big weekend of orchestral music, Listen Here!

Featuring three days of completely free concerts and events, this regular summer festival covers the full range of the BBC SSO's output, from the great classics to the best of Broadway, and this year provides the launch point for the orchestra's 75th Birthday celebrations.

Set in the BBC SSO's home in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City, Listen Here! showcases the orchestra's renowned versatility with three blockbuster concerts, and there's even a unique opportunity for amateur singers to perform one of Mozart's greatest works.

On the morning of Saturday 12 June, singers of any standard are invited to come and sing some of the choral highlights from Mozart's Requiem, accompanied by the orchestra.

And for singers who have never sung in a classical chorus before, professional assistance and guidance is on hand from members of the world famous BBC Singers.

The musical entertainment begins in earnest on Friday 11 June when BBC Radio Scotland's Jamie MacDougall presents a concert celebrating 75 Years of the BBC SSO.

Joined by the marvellous Irish soprano Ailish Tynan, the orchestra plays music by Sibelius, Handel, Grieg and its founder, Ian Whyte, and lets its hair down for a waltz through Hollywood and Broadway with excerpts from classic musicals including My Fair Lady, High Society and West Side Story.

As the leading performer of new music in Scotland, the BBC SSO offers a complete change of musical direction on Saturday evening, as it moves into the atmospheric surroundings of the Old Fruitmarket, and presents some brilliantly conceived music by some of the worldis leading modern composers including HK Gruber and John Woolrich.

Listen Here! concludes on Sunday 13 June with a matinee concert that paints a vivid portrait of the BBC SSO as it reaches its landmark 75th year, featuring symphonic blockbusters from Sibelius, Bartok and Korngold and a recent work by Scottish composer Sally Beamish.

Adding to the birthday celebrations, the whole affair will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC's Big Concert, featuring the full line up of the BBC's Performing Groups.

And to help celebrate the orchestra’s birthday, two of BBC Radio Scotland's most popular daytime shows are broadcast live from City Halls on Friday 11 June as part of the Listen Here! extravaganza: MacAulay And Co, starring the irrepressible Fred MacAulay, and some topical cultural comment from Brian Taylor's Big Debate.

Notes to Editors

The BBC SSO at 75! A BBC Radio Scotland Classics
Unwrapped Special

Friday 11 June 2010, 7.30pm – City Halls, Glasgow

Programme includes:
Shostakovich – Festival Overture
MacCunn – Land Of The Mountain And The Flood
Sibelius – Karelia Suite
Grieg –In The Hall Of The Mountain King
and excerpts from My Fair Lady, High Society and West Side Story

Jamie MacDougall, presenter
Ailish Tynan, soprano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Bell, conductor

Come and Sing... Mozart's Requiem
Saturday 12 June, 10am-1pm – City Halls, Glasgow

Gordon Stewart, conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Members of the BBC Singers

To take part in this unique event please visit: and return the application form no later than Monday 24 May. NB: this is NOT a concert; it is open to singing participants only.

Thoroughly Modern Music
Saturday 12 June, 8pm – Old Fruitmarket, City Halls, Glasgow

HK Gruber – Manhattan Broadcasts
Jennifer Higdon – River sings a song to the trees from City Scape
John Woolrich – Whitel's Ey
Richard Rijnvos – NYConcerto

John Snijders, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Garry Walker, conductor

BBC SSO... Portrait of an Orchestra
Sunday 13 June, 2.30pm – City Halls, Glasgow

Sibelius – Finlandia: tone poem
Korngold – Violin Concerto
Sally Beamish – A Cage Of Doves (UK PREMIERE)
Bartók – The Miraculous Mandarin: suite

Ilya Gringolts, violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Garry Walker, conductor

This concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3 as part of The BBC's Big Concert


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