WITH summer fast approaching, the internationally-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) are preparing to embark upon the first leg of their 2019 summer tour across the south of Scotland.

And part of the June leg will include a visit to Galashiels.

The SCO bring with them an exhilarating programme of popular classics from Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven.

SCO Sub-Principal Double Bass, Adrian Bornet describes the Orchestra’s summer tours as 'one of the happiest moments of music making in our yearly calendar as we explore a beautiful country and revisit familiar places and audiences'.

Making his SCO debut this tour is winner of the prestigious 2018 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, Hungarian conductor Gábor Káli.

He will open the Volunteer Hall concert with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides – a work inspired by the 19th century composer’s spectacular journey by steamer from Fort William to Tobermory.

Stepping into the spotlight for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is Spanish clarinettist Maximilliano Martín.

Martín is a tour de force, never failing to inspire audiences in his dual career as SCO Principal Clarinet and in-demand international soloist.

His effortless phrasing and mellifluous tone, demonstrated in celebrated recordings of the clarinet repertoire, are what will make this performance of Mozart’s famous Clarinet Concerto magical.

The unyielding energy of Beethoven’s playful Symphony No 4 makes for an exhilarating conclusion to the evening.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra said: "We are passionate about sharing the experience of exceptional live orchestral music-making and inspiring new generations of classical music lovers.

"The summer tour supports this mission by making concerts as accessible as possible to younger audiences by offering free tickets to Under 18s and £6 tickets for Under 26s, students and the unemployed."

Tickets for all of the summer tour dates are now on sale.

The SCO performs at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels on Saturday, June 8 from 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced at £16 for adults, £14 for OAPs, £6 for unemployed, students and Under 26s, and free for Under 18s, are available from the SCO website – www.sco.org.uk