Concertino Pastorale in Edinburgh

In the August of 1948 the Boyd Neel Orchestra once again performed Ireland’s Concertino Pastorale, this time in the Edinburgh Festival, within an all-English programme of Samuel Howard, Vaughan Williams, Ireland and Tippett.

Probably the most fascinating aspect of this orchestra’s long associations with Scotland comes with their appearances at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1948 they gave 10 concerts in 10 days, with no repeated music. To do this, the orchestra must have had a huge rehearsed repertoire on which to draw. The soloists who travelled with them were the best of the day – wind players Goossens, Camden and Brain, for example. The image below shows the orchestra at around this time, in its post-war format.

BNO 1940s

In 1948 they had a new leader, Dundee-born Maurice Clare, the third of the outstanding
leaders of this band. The programme for the week in Edinburgh was a demanding and varied one, as seen below.



23 August Avison, Concerto in E minor

J.C. Bach, Symphony Op.21, no.3

Britten, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Honegger, Symphony for Strings

24 August

James Whitehead

Ariosti, Overture from Vespesian

Boccherini, Cello Concerto

Bartók, Music for Strings and Percussion

25 August

Kathleen Long


Mozart, Serenade  K. 137

J.S. Bach, Concerto in D minor

Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht

26 August

Max Gilbert


J.S. Bach, Overture in G minor (Suite)

Scarlatti-Bryan, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Mozart, K. 608

Elgar, Introduction and Allegro

27 August

Leon Goossens

Samuel Howard, Overture ‘The Amorous Goddess’

Vaughan Williams, Oboe Concerto

Ireland, Concertino Pastorale

Tippett, Double Concerto

28 August

Maurice Clare

Handel, Concerto Op. 6, no.9

Pergolesi, Concertino in F minor

Milhaud, Concerto de Printemps

Wolf, Italian Serenade

Shostakovich, Prelude and Scherzo

30 August

Maggie Teyte

Stanley, Concerto Grosso no. 6 in Bb major

Selected songs with orchestra (Méhul, Dourlen, Mousigny, Garat, Pergolesi)

Suk, Serenade

Chausson, L’amour et la mer’

31 August

Archie Camden

Vivaldi, Concerto in D minor

Gordon Jacob, Bassoon Concerto

Strauss, Metamorphosen

1 September

Kendall Taylor

Boyce, Symphony no.1

Bach, Ricercare

Rawsthorne, Concerto for Piano, Strings and Percussion

Stravinsky, Apollon Musagètes

2 September

Denis Brain

John Tainsh

Handel, Concerto Grosso Op. 6, no.5

Abel, Symphony

Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Dvorak, Serenade for Strings




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