Background Information - Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Background Information - Scottish Chamber Orchestra

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Principal Timpani (with Percussion) Information Pack Background Information………p1 – p4 Application Form……………….p5 – p6 Equal ...

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SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Principal Timpani (with Percussion) Information Pack Background Information………p1 – p4 Application Form……………….p5 – p6 Equal Opportunities Form…… p7 – p9 News article on Timpani………p10 – p11

Background Information Scottish Chamber Orchestra The internationally-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra is a unique collection of worldclass musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. The SCO aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear them perform by regularly touring the length and breadth of Scotland and around the world as proud ambassadors for Scottish cultural excellence. In recent years, the Orchestra has travelled throughout Europe, the Far East, India and the USA. The SCO makes a significant contribution to Scottish life both on the concert platform and beyond, working in schools, universities, hospitals, care homes, places of work and community centres through SCO Connect, the Orchestra’s creative learning programme. The SCO presents regular winter concert seasons in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, St Andrews and (with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra) Perth. It also undertakes many engagements throughout Scotland including an annual Summer tour to Scotland’s towns and villages. The SCO is committed to the creation and performance of new music. It enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned more than 150 new works. These include pieces by Sir James MacMillan, Judith Weir, Sally Beamish, Karin Rehnqvist, Lyell Cresswell, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Toshio Hosokawa, John MacLeod, Rolf Martinsson, Lotta Wennäkoski, Hafliði Hallgrímsson and SCO Associate Composer Martin Suckling. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra receives funding from the Scottish Government as one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies.


Summary of the Orchestra’s Work The SCO promotes regular Winter Seasons from October to May in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, St Andrews and (with the BBC SSO and RSNO) Perth. There are between two and four concerts each week with over 60 concerts in total, forming a 23-week Winter Season. During the Summer Season the SCO tours many of Scotland’s towns and villages. In addition, the SCO undertakes overseas tours, festival appearances and recording sessions throughout the year. The SCO also produces and performs the annual Virgin Money Fireworks Concert at Edinburgh International Festival. The SCO Connect programme runs year-round across Scotland and includes family events in museums, galleries and community venues; creative composition and performance projects for schools, colleges & universities; study events for music enthusiasts; music making weekends for amateurs; and projects in healthcare settings.

Orchestra Structure The offices of the SCO are based in Edinburgh. The SCO is the only one of Scotland’s five National Performing Companies to be based in the capital city. The Orchestra is freelance and consists of 37 member players. There are 20 members of staff in the administration. The SCO has a number of named artistic positions, including  Robin Ticciati Principal Conductor (until 2018)  Emmanuel Krivine Principal Guest Conductor  Joseph Swensen Conductor Emeritus  Martin Suckling Associate Composer  Gregory Batsleer Chorus Director The SCO also enjoys fruitful relationships with world leaders in historically informed performance, contemporary music and other specialist repertoire. Regular visitors include Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Oliver Knussen and John Storgårds, and pianist-directors Piotr Anderszewski and Robert Levin. Repertoire The SCO has an international reputation for outstanding, idiomatic performances of repertoire ranging from the baroque through to newly commissioned scores, and from mainstream classical music to cross-art form collaborations. Schedule There is a recurrent core of around eight months of work per year, supplemented by touring and recording. This equates to approximately 80 concerts in Scotland each year plus festival appearances, overseas tours, chamber music and recording projects. There are also many opportunities to supplement this work with involvement in SCO Connect creative learning projects. From early October to mid-May, the SCO’s Winter Season provides schedules of around 23 weeks of own-promoted concerts throughout Scotland, with between two and four concerts each week – over 60 concerts in total. These take place weekly in Edinburgh and Glasgow with additional concerts in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dumfries, Ayr, St Andrews and Perth. Touring, recording, New Year concerts and outside engagements may also fall within this period. From mid-May to the end of September work is less predictable than during the main Season, but there is a core of 10-12 weeks’ work. During the summer the SCO undertakes five weeks of Scottish regional touring, including remote areas in the Highlands and Islands; 2

the whole Orchestra is also involved in ‘Masterworks’, the SCO’s flagship education project for secondary school students. The SCO performs regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival and at East Neuk Festival in Fife and is a frequent visitor to the BBC Proms and St Magnus (Orkney) Festival. Other festivals, overseas touring and recording projects vary from year to year. Festivals and Foreign tours The SCO is one of Scotland’s foremost cultural ambassadors, in demand throughout the world. Touring activities are supported by the Scottish Government. In its 40th Anniversary Year, 2014, the SCO toured to Austria, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany and Hungary. In 2017 the SCO toured Europe including concerts in Salzburg, Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Luxembourg. Forthcoming tours include Europe in 2018 and 2019. Recording projects The SCO has a longstanding partnership with Linn Records, and together they make at least one CD per year; the SCO is also engaged to record for other labels. Recordings with Linn include award-winning Mozart Symphonies with Sir Charles Mackerras; Serenades and Concertos by Weber and Mozart with Alexander Janiczek; and works by Sibelius, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Dvořák with Joseph Swensen. Robin Ticciati’s recordings with the SCO include Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, and Les Nuits d’Eté, Haydn Symphonies no 31, 70 and 101, the complete Schumann Symphonies. Recent recordings with Robin Ticciati not yet released include Strauss Wind Concertos with SCO Principals as soloists and Brahms Complete Symphonies. SCO Connect Creative Learning Programme We are committed to creative learning in all its forms and are widely regarded as leading innovators in the field of orchestral education and outreach. SCO Connect inspires and supports creativity throughout Scotland’s communities with an extensive and imaginative programme that enables people of all ages and abilities to engage with the music and the musicians of the SCO. Events range from chamber concerts for babies and toddlers to large education concerts featuring internationally acclaimed soloists and workshop leaders. The programme currently includes a three year residency at schools in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh, smaller projects and workshops led by SCO musicians and SCO ReConnect, a programme of interactive workshops for people living with dementia. SCO musicians are encouraged to take part in SCO Connect projects as part of their work with the orchestra. Some projects are designed to showcase performing skills, while others include specialist training and opportunities for continuing professional development.

Playing Commitment The terms and conditions of this position offer a flexible workload and schedule. The freelance contract SCO has with playing members provides a secure basic income while allowing flexibility for members to take on work outside the SCO. Many members enjoy the particular freedom this gives, working regularly in other orchestras and ensembles as well as non-classical groupings, and supplementing their incomes and musical experiences accordingly. Season Brochures can be downloaded at Further information is also available from


_________________________________________________________________________ APPLICATIONS Please complete the following audition application form and equal opportunities form and email them to: [email protected] Alternatively, please post the forms to: Louisa Stanway Orchestra Manager Scottish Chamber Orchestra 4 Royal Terrace Edinburgh EH7 5AB CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday 5 September 2017, 5pm. AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD IN LONDON on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017 and in GLASGOW on Sunday 29 October 2017. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is an accredited Living Wage Employer. Fees are also guided by the ABO/MU agreement.



Position applied for:

Principal Timpani (with Percussion)

Auditions will be in London on 14 and 15 October and Glasgow on 29 October 2017 The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:  Considerable experience of performing in professional chamber orchestras.  Expertise in a broad range of performance styles including Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary.  An understanding of stylistic performance practice. Title

First name



Home address:

Home telephone: Mobile: Email: Please note: Players selected for trial will be asked to provide documentary evidence of their right to work in the UK. All players performing with the SCO must be in possession of a valid UK work permit. Nationality: Do you need a work permit or visa to work in the UK? If yes, do you have a UK work permit as of the date of this application? Please give details. Date of issue: Place of issue: Expiry date: How did you hear about this vacancy? E.g. Musical Chairs; If ‘other’ please state how:





Subject studied

Qualification obtained


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please provide any further information which may support your application (e.g. solo/chamber music, competitions, masterclasses).


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form We are committed to ensuring that all job applicants and members of staff are treated equally, without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age. This form is intended to help us maintain equal opportunities best practice and identify barriers to workforce equality and diversity. Please complete this form and return it with your application. The form will be separated from your application on receipt. The information on this form will be used for monitoring purposes only and will play no part in the recruitment process. All questions are optional. You are not obliged to answer any of these questions but the more information you supply, the more effective our monitoring will be. All information supplied will be treated in the strictest confidence. It will not be placed on your personnel file. Thank you for your assistance. ABOUT THE VACANCY Please state which job you have applied for and the closing date given for applications. Job applied for:


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SCO Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form; Page 1 of 3; Last updated: May 2017

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GENDER What is your gender (please tick)? (If you are undergoing gender reassignment, please use the gender identity you intend to acquire.) Male Female Prefer not to say GENDER IDENTITY Do you identify as transgender/transsexual? Yes No Prefer not to say ETHNIC GROUP How would you describe your nationality and/or ethnicity (please tick)? A White:

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British - English, Scottish or Welsh

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SCO Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form; Page 2 of 3; Last updated: May 2017


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AGE What is your age (please tick)? 16–17 51–60

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DISABILITY The Equality Act 2010 defines a disability as a "physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities". An effect is long-term if it has lasted, or is likely to last, more than 12 months. Do you consider that you have a disability under the Equality Act (please tick)? Yes Used to have a disability but have now recovered Prefer not to say

No Don't know

SCO Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form; Page 3 of 3; Last updated: May 2017

sco news

Issue 60 – January 2015

Drum roll please...

SCO Principal Timpanist Receives New Timpani! In March 2014 we appointed Matt Hardy as Principal Timpanist. He is only the second person to have held this post, replacing Caroline Garden who was a founder member of the SCO in 1974.

In this issue:

SCO Life President

Since Matt’s appointment, we have acquired new Baroque and Classical timpani – five made by Henry Potter & Co and four made by the German Specialists Lefima. The new timpani are similar to those used in the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, allowing you to experience the sound that composers from the time may have heard themselves. (Modern day timpani are much larger to support the increasing size of the modern day orchestra). Continued on page 2

SCO Chorus Scholarship Programme This season the SCO Chorus has launched an exciting new Scholarship Programme. The aim of this programme is to provide an opportunity for up to four young singers aged between 18 and 23 to develop their musicianship and choral singing with the SCO Chorus.

New Soloists' Album

We have recently appointed four scholars for this season. Each singer will receive mentoring, a financial award and special opportunities for personal coaching from the Chorus’ Vocal Coach Patricia MacMahon as well as from visiting soloists. In return, their fine young voices will bring added vitality and sheen to the sound of the Chorus. From Paisley, Stephanie Strachan has sung with the Chorus since 2013. Currently in the third year of her music degree

2014/15 Scholars Stephanie Strachan Soprano Anna Rea Soprano Kriistina Watt Alto Robert Forrest Tenor

Continued on page 5

Schumann Symphonies success! New Commissions

AND Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants SCO News Jan 15.indd 1

• BBC Music Magazine Choice • ICMA Nomination • The Sunday Times No 9 in the Top 100 Albums of 2014 • Herald Scotland 'Pic of 2014' “...the finest set on disc [in] a decade... and perhaps the most impressive thing that Ticciati has done on disc so far...” The Guardian Available to purchase at the SCO Merchandise Desk at concerts or online at

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2 What the papers said... Ticciati Conducts Mahler “The stripped-back simplicity of the third movement was breathtaking.”  The Guardian October 2014 Haydn & Mahler “Ticciati and the SCO, at their classiest, released a cathartic energy in a dazzling performance of Haydn’s London Symphony” The Herald October 2014 Elisabeth Leonskaja plays Brahms Piano Concerto 1 & 2 “Provocative and risky, certainly, but ultimately a resounding triumph.”  The Scotsman November 2014

@SCOmusic Handel's Messiah Lori @lori4958 @SCOmusic Superb Messiah last night @ Glasgow City Halls. Soloists & choir breathtaking & SCO fabulous as always! Thank you! Elisabeth Leonskaja plays Brahms Piano Concerto 1 & 2 Paul Barton @psbbank @SCOmusic still in recovery after such a wonderful concert. Never heard either of the Brahms concertos played better!!

Drum roll please...

from page 1

Matt took his time to carefully tailor each element of the new timpani. He worked very closely with specialist maker Pete Woods from Henry Potter & Co and timpanist Adrian Bending to explore what is right for him and the SCO. Together they decided the SCO’s existing drums should be cut down and the copper has been completely reworked by Pete. Matt commented, “It' s perfect that the orchestra’s old drums could be created into the new ones. There has only been one timpanist in the orchestra before me so it is lovely that I can continue to play the drums she used, but just in a slightly different way.” The head (playing surface) on the new timpani drums are made from goat skin and they are tuned by hand using taps rather than foot pedals as seen on modern timpani. You will often see Matt with his head on his drums in concerts – he is re-tuning them! Matt remarked, “The biggest difference I have found in exploring these drums is the head. The thicker the head, the shorter the note will be, which suits music by Bach and Handel in particular.” The partnership between Matt and Pete has resulted in drums that not only have a lovely sound, but are extremely practical and easy to use. The timpani were acquired with thanks to financial support from the Scottish Government.

St Andrews Voices Festival Philip Potter @philandstuff Raw, organic, visceral Brahms Requiem from @SCOmusic chorus closes this year’s @StAndrewsVoices. Would love to see them again

Elisabeth Leonskaja plays Brahms Piano Concerto 1 & 2 David McConnell “Elisabeth Leonskaja was a dream Brahms player last night in the City Halls Glasgow. Seemingly effortless playing, beautiful phrasing and a deeply felt interpretation that was completely satisfying. Kamu produced brilliant playing from the SCO, the 2nd concerto being marginally more brilliant than number 1, but both quite wonderful. I was so pleased to have experienced the unique Elisabeth Leonskaja, as I think the rest of audience were too. Wonderful!”

Pete Woods from Henry Potter & Co, SCO Timpani Matt Hardy and timpanist Adrian Bending Photos: © Angus Bremmer

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