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University celebrates European partnership with double bill of orchestral concerts

Camerata Musicale Bonn
Camerata Musicale Bonn

A musical celebration of the partnership between the University of St Andrews and Bonn University will take place in the Younger Hall this month.

On Sunday (6 October), Camerata Musicale Bonn, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Bonn, will perform a programme of music by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

The concert will be conducted by Martin Kirchharz and will feature as soloist the young, award-winning German violinist Liv Migdal, a former student at the Salzburg Mozarteum, in Mendelssohn’s sublime violin concerto.

On the following Sunday (13 October) the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra will likewise perform at Younger Hall. Their programme will include the overture to Mozart’s Don Giovanni as well as the first symphony composed by a female American composer, the ‘Gaelic’ Symphony by Amy Beach.

St Andrews Chamber Orchestra
St Andrews Chamber Orchestra © Harry Gunning

University of St Andrews student Junia Jonsdottir, a second-year undergraduate, will perform Sibelius’ violin concerto during the programme, which will be conducted by the University’s Director of Music, Michael Downes, and Head of Instrumental Studies, Bede Williams.

Chris Bragg, the University Music Centre’s Head of Programming, said: “This is a really unique opportunity to hear a pair of outstanding student orchestras representing both our own wealth of talent in the University and that of our friends from Germany.

“A great thrill too to be able to hear two of the most famous violin concertos in the repertoire performed by a pair of brilliant young virtuosi.”

Both events will take place at 2.30pm with tickets priced at £12, £10 (concessions, Music Centre members) and £5 (students) available on the door only.


Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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