Wind Octet of The Orchestra of Scottish Opera

Friday 15 March 2024
7.30pm in Cairns Church


Harmoniemusik from Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro

Gary Carpenter

Ein Musikalisches Snookerspiel

Jonathan Dove

Figures in the Garden

Ruth Gipps

Wind Octet, Op 65


The Medicinal Herb Garden

Harmoniemusik - music for a wind ensemble - was popular in the 18th century, the rich, full sound of eight wind instruments enticing the likes of Mozart to create some of his finest music. The excellent wind players of Scottish Opera offer us a sumptuous feast of 18th to 21st century sounds, and some humour too: Carpenter’s ‘Musical Snooker Game’ is based on the Musical Dice Game invented by Mozart, himself an expert billiards player. Also inspired by Mozart is Jonathan Dove’s piece designed to precede a Glyndebourne production of ‘Figaro’. The tuneful Wind Octet by Vaughan Williams pupil Ruth Gipps is a more serious proposition, but the concert ends on a lighter note with our own Colin Suckling’s suite of musical cures for everyday maladies.

"Goldscheider [is] becoming a musical Bear Grylls, fearlessly leaping through its dangerous terrain. You find yourself with him every step of the way."
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Please note 8pm start time.  Preceeded by Annual General Meeting of the Club at 6.45pm