Everyone at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra would like to congratulate Thea Musgrave on, quite rightly, being honoured at the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards in London last week. Her address from the stage succinctly expressed the power and importance of classical music:
“Whether one dances for joy or laments for loss, we are able to communicate our truest human nature to others through music even as we experience it to the fullest for ourselves.
“The fact that those voices - of the Ancient Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Chinese, Africans - are still heard today attests to both the importance and tenacity of artistic communication. Closer to our time, the fact that Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Stravinsky and Britten are still top of the charts even after all these years, confirms the power of classical music.
“That is the mission I am proud to be part of. I am enormously proud to be part of that legacy.”
Our connection can be traced back to 1961, at the beginning of her impressive career, with performances of Perspectives and Obliques, the latter which the Orchestra commissioned and presented the world premiere.
Thea’s Concertos for Horn and for Clarinet were both premiered in Scotland by the Scottish National Orchestra. This Orchestra also recorded the Horn Concerto (with Barry Tuckwell) and the Concerto for Orchestra for the Decca label. Many more performances of Thea’s works followed, and most recently former Music Director Stéphane Denève conducted a memorable performance of Rainbow at the BBC Proms, a work that received its world premiere by this Orchestra and Bryden Thomson at the opening of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 1990.
Congratulations to Thea, one of Scotland’s most compelling and creative voices.