Here is Anthony Burgess presenting the manuscript of A Glasgow Overture to the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Michael Kelly, in the Lord Provost’s dining room in the City Chambers. The painting on the wall is by Stanley Cursiter and depicts Scottish authors Edwin Muir, James Bridie, Neil Gunn and Eric Linklater. The photograph appeared in the April 1981 issue of Glasgow City Council’s newspaper The Bulletin. A Glasgow Overture was performed in Glasgow by the Scottish National Orchestra in 1982, conducted by Alexander Gibson; and was recorded by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1994, conducted by Peter Cynfryn Jones.
We are delighted that the Manchester University Symphony Orchestra will play it as part of their opening concert of their 2011/12 season on 1 October, conducted by Mark Heron. This performance will be the first of any of Burgess’s orchestral work in the city of his birth, 94 years on.