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Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Jim Naughtie and Mary Ann Kennedy present live coverage of a special concert marking the 75th anniversary of the BBC SSO.

The birthday concert from the City Halls in Glasgow features the world premiere of Everyone Sang, written especially for the BBC SSO's birthday by young Scottish composer Helen Grime. Violinist Nicola Benedetti performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto for the first time in Scotland.

At the core of the concert is the orchestra itself, showcased in Walton's Symphony No. 1, one of the most admired of all British symphonic works. For this special occasion, the orchestra is conducted by Martyn Brabbins, who has been closely allied to the BBC SSO for twenty years. The concert forms part of the BBC SSO's season of British music, This Sceptred Isle, and is also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Last on

Thu 2 Dec 2010 19:00 BBC Two Scotland only

Music Played

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  • Image for Helen Grime

    Helen Grime Everyone Sang

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Martyn Brabbins

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, Op.61

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Martyn Brabbins Performer: Nicola Benedetti (Violin)

  • Image for Sir William Walton

    Sir William Walton Symphony No.1 in B flat minor

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Martyn Brabbins

  • Programme


    For the celebratory programme the BBC SSO plays a great concerto with a talented young Scottish soloist, and one of the finest of all British symphonies.

    Concert programme (.pdf)
  • Celebrating 75 Years of Music-Making

    Celebrating 75 Years of Music-Making

    A 75th birthday is something to celebrate - in the case of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra there is a particular cause for rejoicing - namely that the orchestra is in such good health.

    75th Anniversary Brochure (.pdf)
  • Nicola Benedetti, Violin

    Nicola Benedetti, Violin

    Violinist Nicola Benedetti's association with the orchestra goes back to her 2004 triumph in the BBC Young Musician of the Year contest.

    Nicola Benedetti at BBC Music
  • Martyn Brabbins, Conductor

    Martyn Brabbins, Conductor

    Martyn Brabbins has been closely allied to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for 20 years, serving as Associate Principal Conductor 1994-2005.

    Martyn Brabbins on Intermusica


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