Philip Higham & Alasdair Beatson

Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm

Philip Higham & Alasdair Beatson

Cello in Song

Philip Higham, Principal Cello of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most outstanding young cellists of his generation. He has been described as “possessing that rare combination of refined technique with subtle and expressive musicianship…all the qualities of a world-class artist” (The Strad). His recording of all the Bach Suites for Solo Cello were singled out by critics for his “lyrical sensitivity, musical architecture and expressive insight.” I first knew Philip when he was a student in Manchester at both the University and at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was an outstanding performer then and it has come as no surprise that his career has gone from strength to strength. The opportunity to write a new work for him in 2015, which forms part of this programme, was very exciting.
John Casken, Artistic Director.

Alasdair Beatson

Alasdair Beatson is a remarkable and sensitive pianist, both soloist and accompanist, who is equally at home in both standard and contemporary repertoires, and whose playing has been praised for “musicianship of the highest order….artistry incarnate…a pianist to rank alongside the finest.” Alasdair has played two of my works (including Stolen Airs) and I have marvelled at his wonderful and sensitive playing.

The warm and radiant tone of both cello and piano combine in a programme that sings with the intimate drama and passion of some of the key works from the repertoire.
John Casken, Artistic Director.

Philip Higham Cello
Alasdair Beatson Piano

Beethoven Seven Variations on Mozart’s
"Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen"
John Casken Stolen Airs
Fauré Sonata no 2 Op. 117 in G minor
Schumann 3 Romances Op. 94
Beethoven Sonata No. 3 Op. 69 in A