ED2023 Music Reviews ED2023 Reviews

Scottish Meditation Orchestra – Piano Meditations (Matthew Shiel, piano, and Scottish Mediation Orchestra)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

Tea anyone? East met west with common purpose at this charming and relaxing concert. The repertoire was familiar – well-loved contemplative Western classics including Fauré’s ‘Pavane Opus 50’ and Satie’s ‘Gymnopédie Number One’ but there was an ethereal Japanese Tea Ceremony performed by Mio Shudo in a beautiful Kimono in front of the orchestra! Musically, it was calm and resonant with an outstanding woodwind section; such soaring tones. Leader Raymond Cheuk Ting Hon was an outstanding violin soloist, interpreting Massenet’s ‘Meditation from Thais’ touchingly, and Artistic Director Matthew Shiel shone in Mozart’s ‘Adagio from Piano Concerto number 23 in A major’. Punctuated by Eastern bells and smells to continue the mood between items this was indeed a meditative evening. This evening was at Canongate Kirk but next show is St Vincent’s Chapel.

St Vincent’s Chapel, 11 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]