Scottish Chamber Orchestra Family Concert

By bellmannews / July 10, 2023
relaxed orchestra dressed in orange t-shirts

The SCO is once again on its annual summer tour, bringing together a host of exceptional conductors and soloists to present world-class, live classical music to over 20 towns and cities across the nation – including Stonehaven – to showcase classical music to audiences who might otherwise not experience it.

Included in the tour is a residency in Aberdeenshire with a full orchestral programme conducted by Andrei Feher and soloist André Cebrián in Aboyne (3 August), Turiff (4 August) and Inverurie (5 August) which includes the UK premiere of Márquez‘s Flute Concerto ‘Son’ – inspired by the folk music of Mexico and Spanish, African and indigenous influences stretching as far back as the 18th century.

Stonehaven children’s concert

Also part of the residency is the fabulously fun family concert, The Chimpanzees of Happytown, which visits Stonehaven on August 4. Presenter Ailing O’Dea brings to life the story of Chutney the Chimp who likes to bring fun and colour wherever he goes! You wouldn’t have thought this would get him into trouble, but maybe with a little bit of magic things will start to blossom?

Based on a book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, and with music by Paul Rissmann, Chimpanzees of Happytow is an inclusive performance designed with a relaxed and supportive approach to noise and movement within the auditorium. Ideal for four- to eight-year-olds – and their adults.

Gavin Reid, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra: “As we head towards our 50th anniversary in January, we’re delighted to showcase the very best of what the SCO has to offer to audiences across the length and breadth of Scotland in our 2023 Summer Tour. With Maxim Emelyanychev and many of our musical friends joining us across the summer months, we are so excited to once again be able to bring audiences together to share with them the joy and power of live music-making, wherever they are in Scotland.’ 

Tickets are on sale now via

Under 18s Go Free

Under 26s / students / Universal Credit Concession £6

People with Disabilities Half price, essential companion goes free

Feature image – the orchestra in action by Stuart Armit