Ludovic Morlot jumps in with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the South Netherlands Philharmonic

6 March

Ludovic Morlot has had an unexpectedly busy few weeks, jumping in at short notice to conduct both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the South Netherlands Philharmonic.

On February 15 and 16, Morlot replaced Valentina Peleggi for Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with Boris Giltburg and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The programme also included music by Puccini and Tchaikovsky, as well as Roxanna Panufnik’s re-writing of songs by Alma Mahler. Two performances in Glasgow and Inverness were received well by audiences, and a glowing review of the Inverness performance suggested that Morlot “struck a rapport with the SSO that was so natural and flowing you’d have thought they were meant for each other” (Vox Carnyx).

Following this, on February 22, 23 and 25, he replaced John Axelrod in a romantic programme with the South Netherlands Philharmonic. Music by Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Bernstein was followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A with soloist Lucas Debargue. The programme toured to Breda, Maastricht, and Eindhoven.