The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has announced changes to the Saint-Saëns Symphony No3 Organ concerts next month, with news that Catriona Morison will replace Dame Sarah Connolly as guest soloist in the first half of the concert.
Dame Sarah was due to perform two concerts with the RSNO on November 1 and 2, however in a statement from her management it is explained: “Due to ongoing treatment for breast cancer, Dame Sarah regrets that she must withdraw from these concerts.”
RSNO Director of Concerts and Engagement, Bill Chandler, said: “The entire RSNO organisation fully supports Dame Sarah at this challenging time, we completely understand why this decision had to be taken, and we wish her all the best.
“We are fortunate to have the excellent Catriona Morison joining us as our guest soloist for these concerts to sing well-loved arias from Carmen as part of this new programme line-up. Catriona is of course known to many as the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, having won both the main prize and the song prize, and we are privileged to have her join us this Season.”
The concert programme on 1 November at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, and on 2 November at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is now: Delibes Excerpts from Sylvia, ou La nymphe de Diane; Bizet Arias from Carmen; and Saint-Saëns Symphony No3 Organ.
The RSNO thanks the Jennie S. Gordon Memorial Foundation for its support of this concert.