St Giles set for a classic summer night with German chamber orchestra

Chamber Philharmonia of Calogne

A WORLD LEADING chamber orchestra is set to thrill a Moray audience when they take to the stage in Moray this summer.

The Chamber Philharmonia of Calogne has included a concert as the St Giles Church in Elgin as part of their European summer tour.

Carrying the motto ‘classical music the world over’, the German orchestra is just as happy playing a local church as they are the Sidney Opera House – applying the same enthusiasm provided by world-class musical talent.

A spokesman said: “Our objective is simple – we want to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music.

“The popularity of our ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe – and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with our exceptionally talented musicians.”

The orchestra regards the world as its home, with regular tours taking them from New Zealand and Australia to Spain, the UK and Ireland. “The multifaceted composition of the ensemble provides every member of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne with the opportunity to perform as a soloist,” the spokesman said.

He added: “The permanently expanding repertoire of the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne consists primarily of hand-picked pieces.

“The real appeal of our programme lies in the meeting of popular and unknown works from a wide variety of musical epochs. This sees familiar greats like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi in dialogue with works from people such as Sergei Prokofieff through to the “King of Tango” Astor Piazzolla.

“This mix promises great diversity of the very highest order, without us having to preach to the audience in the process. After all, music is for entertainment and not for instruction.”

For Elgin the Chamber Philharmonia Calogne will play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as well as music from Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Tickets for the concert are available from Sound and Vision in Elgin (01343 556166) with a limited number available through cash sales one hour prior to the concert, which takes place on Thursday, July 30 at 7.30pm.