Following last night’s tragic incident, and its developments, BBC Scotland has cancelled tonight’s concert, Japanese Masters conducted by Ilan Volkov, out of respect for everyone affected. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you but we hope very much that you will understand the reason for our decision.



Following his success in May with Tectonics Glasgow, Ilan Volkov returns to the BBC SSO to conduct an evening of rarely-heard orchestral music from Japan. Toru Takemitsu is perhaps the best known of Japan’s composers due to his film music, but this concert will feature Corona II, a work which uses graphic notation and is highly influenced by John Cage. And Toshi Ichiyanagi, another pupil of Cage’s and perhaps the elder statesman of Japan’s musical avant-garde, is represented here by a work for electronics and orchestra from the 1960s.


Takahashi’s Kithara Kagura for ‘people carrying instruments’ calls for players to mingle with the audience (and the conductor to play cymbals while dancing), while Keiko Harada’s Third Deaf Ear III embodies the most recent generation of Japanese composers, her works having been featured widely both in Japan and abroad.

Tickets are on sale on Monday Oct 28th at 9am.