The Scottish Chamber Orchestra welcomes in 2010 with a traditional Viennese concert in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on 1 January at 7pm .
Charismatic Romanian conductor Nicolae Moldoveneau, who last conducted the SCO’s New Year celebrations in 2006, directs a popular programme featuring traditional waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss, as well as excerpts from Nicolae’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. He will be joined by Swedish soprano Hannah Holgersson, who makes her SCO and UK debut with a selection of songs by Walton and Offenbach.
For the sixth consecutive year, the concert is given in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, contributing towards the charity’s vital work, including running the Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh , and its home nursing service for terminally ill patients.
Lord Provost George Grubb will join in the celebrations by wishing everyone a Happy New Year, before introducing Marie Curie’s Nursing Ambassador, Lorna McGarry, who will say a few words about the charity and the goals for the coming year.
“When I see the relief on a patient`s face, when I know I’ve really helped them, it makes my work so rewarding. We are often asked why we do this work. We do it because of the personal and job satisfaction we get from knowing that we have made a real difference to the lives of our patients and their carers.” - Lorna McGarry
SCO Managing Director Roy McEwan added: “There could be no better way for the SCO to bring in the New Year than bring sparkling music to our audiences and support a wonderful and deserving cause at the same time. We are very pleased to maintain our relationship with Marie Curie Cancer Care and support their vital work. It is a great pleasure to invite Nicolae Moldoveanu back, this time accompanied by the glamorous Swedish soprano Hannah Holgersson. This will be our first visit to DG1 in Dumfries , which we are excited about, and we’re very pleased to be returning Perth and Ayr as well as the newly refurbished Usher Hall in Edinburgh ”
This Viennese New Year concert will also be performed in DG One in Dumfries on 2 January, Perth Concert Hall on 5 January and Ayr Town Hall on 6 January. This will be the SCO’s first performance at DG One. The concert in Perth Concert Hall has already sold out.