Symphonies for Sundays: Usher Hall announces International Concert Season 2014 / 2015

Edinburgh's Usher Hall has today announced its latest international concert season as it celebrates its centenary year.

The international season, which will feature six orchestras from around the globe, will also present programmes from some of the world's leading orchestras, conductors and guest soloists.

Featured in the 2014 / 2015 international programme will be the renowned Yuri Termirkanov, Miloš Karadaglić, Natalie Clein, Nicola Benedetti and Jiří Bělohlávek amongst others and the St Petersburg Philharmonic (2 Nov), Brussels Philharmonic (30 Nov), St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (15 Feb), Camerata Salzburg (15 Mar), Czech Philharmonic (19 Apr), Warsaw Philharmonic (10 May).

Also announced today is a concert entitled The 2014 Commonwealth Games Gala Concert - Edinburgh Raises the Baton (13 June). This concert will feature the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and will celebrate the arrival of the Queen's Baton Relay to Edinburgh and to Scotland. 

Coinciding with the international season, the venue has also programmed Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra (23 Oct) to visit as part of the its tour of the UK and as a commemoration of the First World War centenary.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Convener of Culture and Sport, said: “I eagerly await the new Autumn programme at the Usher Hall.  The venue was designed and built with wonderful classical music in mind and the tradition of concert-going continues as strongly as ever.  It’s a genuine pleasure to sit back in the auditorium and loose oneself in the music emanating from these first class orchestras from around the world.”

This season forms part of the Usher Hall’s core programme. This is made possible entirely due to The City of Edinburgh Council which owns and manages the venue.

Listings are as follows:



Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Estacio Brio

Bruch Violin Concert No. 1 in G minor

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major

Pinchas Zukerman director/violin


ST PETERSBURG PHILHARMONIC | Sunday 2 November | 7.30pm

Liadov Kikimora

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor

Shostakovich Symphony No.10 in E minor

Yuri Termirkanov conductor

Nikolai Luganksky piano

BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC | Sunday 30 November | 3pm

Borodin Polovtsian Dances

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez

Solo guitar set (TBC)

Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 ‘Organ’

Michel Tabachnik conductor

Miloš Karadaglić conductor

Oliver Condy organ


Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor ‘Pathétique’

Alexander Dmitriev conductor

Natalie Clein cello

CAMERATA SALZBURG | Sunday 15 March | 3pm

Camerata Salzburg

Bartok Divertimento

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in a major

Mozart Rondo for Violin & Orchestra K373 in C major

Bruckner Adagio from the String Quintet in F major, arr. for strings

Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A major

Ben Gernon conductor

Nicola Benedetti violin

CZECH PHILHARMONIC | Sunday 19 April | 3pm

Smetana Bartered Bride Suite

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor

Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending

Dvořák Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Josef Špaček violin

WARSAW PHILHARMONIC | Sunday 10 May | 3pm

Schubert Symphony No. 3 in D major

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Jacek Kaspszuk conductor

laire Maghnagi soprano

Hannah Pedley mezzo

Andrew Rees tenor

Paul Carew Jones baritone

Chorus to be confirmed


Tickets are available on Wednesday 30 April via and 0131 228 1155.

£32 | £26 | £21 | £16 | £12 Limited number of early bird discounts available - £10 off top price ticket

Under 16’s go free

£10 tickets available for students / unwaged

20% off each ticket for groups of 6-10

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