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Largely forgotten today, Felix Yaniewicz was a remarkable figure in Scottish music: a Polish-Lithuanian composer and virtuoso violinist, and co-founder of the very first Edinburgh Music Festival, way back in 1815.

Discover Yaniewicz’s own brilliantly dramatic Third Violin Concerto, as well as the music he performed and presented during the Scottish Enlightenment, in the company of acclaimed period performance conductor Peter Whelan and Colin Scobie, first violinist in the Maxwell Quartet and a respected soloist in his own right.

Celebrate the grandeur of Scotland’s own historic music – with a bracing Overture by Fife-based Thomas Erskine, Scotland’s most illustrious 18th-century composer, as well as Scottish song settings by JS Bach’s most pioneering son, plus new arrangements of traditional tunes by Niel and Nathaniel Gow.

Haydn’s stirring ‘Military’ Symphony – which Yaniewicz performed under the composer during his visits to London – brings the evening to a majestic close.

Peter Whelan Conductor/Harpsichord
Colin Scobie Violin

HANDEL arr MOZART Overture, Alexander’s Feast
YANIEWICZ Violin Concerto No 3 in A
GOW arr MAXWELL QUARTET Coilsfield House; Drunk at Night, Dry in the Morning
ERSKINE, EARL of KELLIE Overture in C, Op 1 No 2
TRAD arr JC BACH Two Scotch Songs: Lochaber; The Broom of Cowdenknows
HAYDN Symphony No 100 in G ‘Military’

Presented by The Scottish Chamber Orchestra


SCO 22/23: Felix Yaniewicz and the Scottish Enlightenment

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