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Tom Aitken’s short new piece is the winning entry in this year’s annual MCO Composers’ Competition. It shares the first half of the concert with one of Mozart’s best-known symphonies, the Prague.

Making a very welcome return to the MCO, our guest conductor, James Lowe, will direct “a symphony that ought to leave you intellectually battered and bruised rather than superficially consoled”. (Tom Service)

Brahms’s Fourth Symphony represents a powerful descent into melancholy – it is simply irresistible.       

Tom Aitken A Pink Chaise Longue
Mozart Symphony No. 38 in D major K 504 (Prague)
Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98      

James Lowe: conductor


Presented by the Meadows Chamber Orchestra.

"“Despite their track record, reputation and consistency of performance, the musicians of Edinburgh’s Meadows Chamber Orchestra continually provoke surprise. It’s not the steady commissioning and championing of new music, though that is always noteworthy. It is the sheer quality of the playing they produce.”

(The Herald)

Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Since 1972 the Meadows Chamber Orchestra has performed regularly in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. Under the artistic direction of its Principal Conductor, Peter Evans, it has established an enviable reputation for imaginative, attractive programming. Distinguished soloists, often at the beginning of their professional careers, have performed with the MCO which has for many years received awards and financial support for its encouragement of new work by composers based in Scotland and beyond. The MCO is one of the few amateur orchestras to have broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as well as on BBC Radio Scotland.


Meadows Chamber Orchestra