City Halls

SCO 22-23: Les Illuminations

SCO 22-23: Les Illuminations
£34.00, £29.00, £25.00, £19.00
Dates and times
17th Mar 2023
7:30PM - 10:30PM
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


Pekka Kuusisto Violin/Director 

Allan Clayton Tenor

MUHLY Three Songs for tenor, violin and drone

HAYDN   Symphony No 104 in D ‘London’ 

MUHLY Violin Concerto ‘Shrink’ (Scottish Premiere)* 

BRITTEN Les Illuminations

Hallucinations and wild imaginings: join Finnish musical pioneer Pekka Kuusisto on a journey into the strange and the wonderful in the second concert in his SCO residency. 

With adulation for his Peter Grimes last year at London’s Royal Opera House, Allan Clayton is the most exciting British tenor of the moment – and one of our most celebrated interpreters of Britten. He’s the soloist amid the fanfares, parades and sensual visions of Britten’s larger-than-life Les Illuminations, settings of phantasmagorical verse by French poet Arthur Rimbaud. 

There’s more Gallic surrealism in the witty Songs for tenor, violin and drone by New York-based Nico Muhly, and Kuusisto is the soloist in the long-awaited Scottish premiere of his friend and colleague’s dashing, exuberant violin concerto Shrink. In between, Haydn’s final, grandest and most joyful Symphony, written expressly to surprise and delight.

*Co-commissioned by Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Subscription booking opens: 10am Wednesday 25 May

Single ticket booking opens: 10am Monday 27 June


Book for a minimum of 4 concerts to be eligible for the Subscription discounts. If you were an SCO Subscriber in 2019/20, we have secured your seats and will hold them until Friday 24 June.

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You will be able to renew your Subscription or book a new one online from 25 May. Online Subscriptions work best for customers who require the same seats for each performance. If your Subscription is likely to be more complicated and you would like varying numbers of seats and/or different seating locations, you are advised to fill out a booking form and return it by post.

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You will also be able to use the booking forms either within our 2022/23 Season brochure, or, for previous Subscribers, a pre-filled form that you'll receive at home. All booking forms should be returned to SCO Subscriptions, 4 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB by Friday 24 June.

Booking Information

No booking fee.

Dispatch Charges

E-tickets - Free of charge
Fulfilment Fee - £1.95

Transaction Charges apply as follows

Online up to £1.50
Phone up to £1.75
Counter/ In Person: Free

Tickets Booking Line:
0141 353 8000.
Lines open Monday-Saturday 09:00-17:00 (excluding Bank Holidays). Please check opening hours over any Bank Holiday period.

To view the full Ticket Purchase Policy please click here

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets on level 2 next to the Gents toilet, adjacent to the Candleriggs Bar and on Level 5 next to the Club Room.

Assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome. 

Hearing loop

There is a hearing assistance system. The system is infrared.

A deposit is required for the sound enhancement system.

Baby changing

There are baby changing facilities next to the cloakroom on level 2. One in the ladies toilet and an adjacent additional area in our first aid room.

Baby feeding

Available on request


The cloakroom is located on the 1st floor next to the toilets. There is a £1 charge (only open for events or where a client has requested the facility)


On street, metered parking and nearby multi-storey. 

Photography and video recording

At times, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos.

The public are only permitted to record and take photos where explicit permission has been granted in advance.

Free wifi

There is free public Wifi access. To connect, visitors have to register with City Halls Public Wifi which should pop up on their browser. After that visitors will only need their password for future uses.

Location Map

The meeting rooms and conference spaces within the complex are suitable for hosting from 15 – 400 delegates. Visit the City Halls' venue hire web page to find out more.