Renowned flautist at chamber concert

Alison Mitchell (John Elder).
Alison Mitchell (John Elder).

The Gardyne Theatre in Dundee is preparing to welcome the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for its debut performance at the venue.

The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s thrilling Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’, as part of the Orchestra’s 35th year of summer touring across Scotland, on Saturday (June 29).

Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras opens the concert with a work by his fellow countryman, Leo Weiner. His energetic Divertimento No 1 brings together a selection of five Hungarian folk melodies, each given its own short movement presenting a different type of dance and is one of the finest examples of Weiner’s authentic Hungarian style.

To follow SCO Principal Flute Alison Mitchell presents Jacques Ibert’s rarely-performed Flute Concerto which was written in 1934 for the virtuoso flautist Marcel Moyse. The piece requires great skill of the soloist, particularly the solo cadenza of the last movement which was considered so technically challenging that it became one the test pieces at the Paris Conservatoire.

Hailing originally from Melbourne, Alison Mitchell was appointed Principal Flute of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2003.

Since leaving Australia to continue her studies in Basle with the renowned Swiss Flautist, Peter-Lukas Graf, she has maintained a very successful professional career between Europe and Australia paying with many major orchestras on both continents.

Since her return to Scotland as Principal Flute with the SCO, Mitchell performs and records regularly with SCO chamber ensembles and as a concerto soloist. She performs in collaboration with Christian Zacharias, the Hebrides Ensemble, Mr McFall’s Chamber, pianist Scott Mitchell and guitarist Allan Neave and at East Neuk Festival as a regular guest artist. She is also a member of the Scottish Chamber Soloists.

She takes a very active role in the SCO education programme, gives specialist woodwind coaching and has worked with many youth orchestras and ensembles.

To close the concert, the SCO presents a well-loved classic: Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No 3. The aptly-named ‘Eroica’ Symphony captures the Revolutionary spirit of Napoleonic Europe and demonstrates the respect the composer originally held for Bonaparte. Ticket details from the box office on 01382 434 940.