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Immerse yourself in the heady perfumes and scintillating colours of France, as François Leleux leads you through a rich collection of music from his native country, past and present.

Dazzling British soprano Carolyn Sampson is the soloist in Berlioz’s sensuous Les Nuits d’Été, six heavily scented songs of love, loss and longing, with all the sumptuousness of a summer evening.

Beforehand, Leleux takes in the ancient spirituality and sensuality of Debussy’s exquisite Danses, the infectious nonchalance of Gounod’s exuberant Petite Symphonie, and the bracing drama of contemporary composer Eric Tanguy’s effusive Incanto.

Gounod: Petite Symphonie
Debussy (arr Henri Büsser): Petite Suite
Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
Tanguy: Incanto
Berlioz: Les Nuits d’Eté

François Leleux: Conductor / Oboe
Carolyn Sampson: Soprano

Connect Insights 6.30pm:

Dr Katie Overy, Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh, and SCO musicians Eric de Wit (Cello) and Alison Green (Bassoon) discuss new developments in SCO ReConnect, the SCO programme for people living with dementia.

Proudly sponsored by Institut Français d’Écosse


Berlioz Les Nuits d'Eté sung by Carolyn Sampson