Appalachian Spring

Fri 23 Mar 2018, 7.30PM
The Brunton, Musselburgh

Weir Still, glowing
Haydn Symphony No49 La passione
R. Strauss Horn Concerto No1
Copland Appalachian Spring

Holly Mathieson Conductor
Christopher Gough Horn

RSNO Assistant Conductor Holly Mathieson is a real rising star – and in this concert she’s all about bold colours and deep feelings. British composer Judith Weir gets ambient in Still, glowing, and Joseph Haydn detonates a controlled explosion of energy and emotion in his fiery La passione Symphony. After that, we’re off to America to experience the freshness, colour and simple joys of a frontier wedding in the Appalachian mountains – Copland’s music makes you feel glad to be alive. The RSNO’s very own Christopher Gough takes the soloist’s spotlight to round the evening off with Richard Strauss’ First Horn Concerto.




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Holly  Mathieson

Holly Mathieson Conductor

New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson is Assistant Conductor of the RSNO, Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra and founder and artistic director of the Horizont Musik-Kollektiv (Berlin). She also teaches on the performance faculty at Goldsmiths University, London. In the 2016-17 season she will be a finalist for the music directorship at Illinois Philharmonic, and debuts with the London Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Highlights of recent seasons include holding one of the world's most prestigious fellowships for young conductors, the Leverhulme Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; a London debut as the 2015 Christine Collins Young Artist Conductor in Associate at Opera Holland Park to critical acclaim; working as assistant conductor with Opera North, Garsington Opera and Longborough Festival Opera; work with Opus Orchestra and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra; and making the finals in the competition for assistant conductor, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

In the past, she has assisted Esa-Pekka Salonen and Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Donald Runnicles at the BBCSSO, and Marin Alsop at the BBC Proms. 2013 saw success in being chosen as one of four young conductors from around the world to participate in the Interaktion Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters with players from the Berlin Philharmonic and other German orchestras, and a place as one of Dartington International Summer School's advanced conducting fellows. She was immediately reinvited to Dartington in 2014 as a guest conductor.

Awards for Holly's work include a 2013 Professional Development Grant from Creative NZ, the 2012 AMP Regional Scholarship from Roost Mortgages, the 2009 Patronage Award from Adrienne, Lady Stewart and the NZ Arts Foundation, and the Elman Poole Travelling Scholarship (2006). Holly was named a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow in 2008. She was also given a high commendation in the 2013 Taki Concordia Fellowship. in 2016, Zonta NZ named her as one of New Zealand's Top 50 Women of Achievement.

Christopher  Gough

Christopher Gough Horn

Christopher Gough (b.1991) is originally from London. He studied French horn at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with David Flack and Stephanie Jones as well as second study composition with Rory Boyle. Whilst at the RCS, Christopher won first prize in the brass category for the BBCSSO concerto competition and as a result performed the Hindemith Horn concerto with the orchestra. As an orchestral musician, Christopher has made many guest appearances with UK orchestras including playing principal with the BBCSSO, RPO and Philharmonia. Chris is also heavily involved in chamber music, and is a member of both the Northern Lights Wind Quintet and the Pure Brass ensemble.