The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is set to celebrate the New Year in style, with a series of festive and light-hearted New Year Gala concerts across Scotland. Led by SCO’s Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen, the Orchestra and British Soprano Harriet Eyley will perform concerts at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall (1 January), Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries (3 January), Ayr Town Hall (4 January) and the Caird Hall, Dundee (5 January).

Much loved by the Orchestra and audiences alike, conductor Joseph Swensen gives this year’s programme a Scandinavian twist with a smorgasbord of delights, including galops by Hans Christian Lumbye, Edvard Grieg’s distinguished Peer Gynt Suite No 1, as well as classic New Year favourites from the Strauss family.

All SCO New Year concerts will be collecting in aid of Marie Curie. The association between both organisations dates back 14 years and continues to go from strength to strength, having raised nearly £58,308.43 to date from all the New Year concerts across Scotland.

Fiona Bushby, Community Fundraiser at Marie Curie, said: “Marie Curie is delighted to have the support of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra once again this New Year’s Day. The festive period is such a special time of year for families but for many of the people that Marie Curie Nurses have been caring for this will be their last Christmas.” “Without the help of our supporters, like the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, we wouldn’t be able to reach as many people as we do. And thanks to this support, our nurses have been able to be there for families dealing with a terminal illness so they can make the most of their time together and make special memories this Christmas time.”