WHAT’S ON DECEMBER: Join Gavin Sutherland for a ‘Swingin’ Christmas’ at City Halls

Conductor, arranger and composer Gavin Sutherland will be making his BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducting debut in two fantastic festive concerts at Glasgow’s City Halls.

For Swingin’ Christmas on the 21 Dec, he will be joined by jazz singer and broadcaster Clare Teal, in a sparkling, effervescent mix of Christmas classics and undiscovered gems alongside some finger-snapping arrangements of popular hits.

Gavin also presents Christmas at the Movies on the 23 Dec, alongside singer and BBC Radio Scotland presenter Jamie MacDougall.

Alongside his popular and light music concert engagements, Gavin has been the Music Director of English National Ballet since 2008, and Principal Conductor of since 2010. Gavin has also conducted at esteemed international cultural hubs including the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New National Ballet of Japan. In addition, Gavin has conducted at the BBC Proms and is a regular conductor for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night.

Conductor, composer, arranger and orchestrator Gavin Sutherland was appointed Music Director of English National Ballet in 2008, becoming Principal Conductor in 2010. Most recently, Gavin orchestrated Vincenzo Lamagna’s score for the Olivier Award-winning Akram Khan’s Giselle for the company, which tours to Chicago in early 2019. Previously, Gavin has featured as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and has also guest conducted for New National Ballet of Japan, Norwegian National Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, New Adventures and South African Ballet Theatre. In addition to his work as a conductor, Gavin regularly supplies the BBC orchestras, the Australian Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Opera House, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Hallé Orchestras with bespoke orchestrated works. In December 2018, he will make his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a performance with BBC Radio 2’s Clare Teal. Gavin made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in the ‘Strictly Prom’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and he is a regular conductor for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. Gavin is passionate about music education provision, having benefitted from free and subsidised music lessons throughout his comprehensive schooling in the North East of England. In 2019 he will release a new disc, featuring previously unrecorded works by the British light music composer Haydn Wood, and has to date recorded over ninety CDs. He is passionate about Light Music, and has worked closely with the Library of Light Orchestral Music to secure and provide over 60,000 sets of this special music to orchestras and other organisations across the world.

Upcoming performance dates:

Claire Teal’s Swingin’ Christmas (Glasgow)  21 Dec 2018

Christmas at the Movies (Glasgow)   23 Dec 2018

Upcoming work:

ENB Swan Lake (London)    3 – 13 Jan 2019 ENB Manon (London)     16 – 20 Jan 2019 ENB Giselle (Chicago, IL)    28 Feb – 2 Mar 2019 ENB She Persisted (Sadler’s Wells)  3 – 13 Apr 2019