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On October 4 1965 the Scottish National Orchestra (before it was Royal), conducted by Alexander Gibson played a concert at the Corran Halls in Oban.
I remember the first piece played was the Glinka overture ‘Russlan and Ludmilla’ and how, at the first notes, all the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end. I’ve never forgotten the experience of hearing a symphony orchestra for the first time.
The concert also included the Schubert ‘Unfinished’ symphony and a concerto, I can’t recall what it was but have a feeling it was something for the cello and concluded with an encore, the Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5.
Next Thursday’s BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concert in Victoria Hall is sure to be a corker!