SaturdaY 12th October 2024
St. Michael's Parish Church

Orchestral performances have always been popular at Linlithgow Arts Guild. We hope you will enjoy hearing this established group of professional players from across Europe, In the Parish Church. All are welcome!


          Vivaldi    Concerto for strings in G Minor, RV 157; 'Concerto di Parigi'
Albinoni                 Trumpet Concerto in B Major; ‘Saint Marc’
Bach, JS               Violin Concert No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 
      Interval -
          Holst         Suite for String Orchestra Op.29 No.2, "Saint Paul's Suite"
Delius                            Two Aquarelles                               
Mozart                     Divertimento in D Major, KV136   

TICKETS HERE (available from end July): £16, U26 £6, Children free. This event is also available with our season ticket for the 8 winter 2024-25 concerts (see Membership tab).          

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians who became acquainted as part of the European Community Youth Orchestra (now EUYO). There are now about 60 members of the COE, who pursue parallel careers as principals or section leaders of nationally-based orchestras, as eminent chamber musicians, and as tutors of music.

From the start, the COE’s identity was shaped by its partnerships with leading conductors and soloists. It was Claudio Abbado above all who served as an important mentor in the early years. He led the COE in staged works such as Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni and conducted numerous concerts featuring works by Schubert and Brahms in particular. Nikolaus Harnoncourt also had a major influence on the development of the COE through his performances and recordings of all of the Beethoven symphonies, as well as through opera productions at the Salzburg, Vienna, and Styriarte festivals.

Currently the Orchestra works closely with Sir András Schiff and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who are both Honorary Members (following in the footsteps of Bernard Haitink and Nikolaus Harnoncourt), and also Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati.

The COE has strong links with many of the major festivals and concert halls in Europe including the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie in Berlin, the Cologne, Luxembourg and Paris Philharmonies, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. In partnership with the Kronberg Academy, the COE became the first-ever Orchestra-in-residence at the Casals Forum in Kronberg in 2022. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe has also been Orchestra-in-residence at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt since 2022.

With more than 250 works in its discography, the COE’s CDs have won numerous international prizes, including two Grammys and three Gramophone Record of the Year Awards.