Tonight's Afterworks included Mendelssohn (the "Scottish" Symphony, Opus 56, composed 1829-1842) and Purcell (Dances from the Fairy Queen, Composed 1692).
Tom Allen spoke about how Purcell started working at 8 years of age and never turned down a job, learning the value of money after the family lost everything in the Great Fire of London. Organ repair, commissions... Never took a break or rested, until he came down with tuberculosis that forced him to take a few days off. He never recovered and died at 35.
Were the selections chosen because of the harmonies in the composers lives, or for their relative geography? Program notes don't really elaborate why these particular pieces were chosen to be placed with one another. Maybe these were the guest conductors choice, Michael Francis, visiting us from the London Symphony Orchestra. Although Felix was German, the Scottish symphony places him in the neighbourhood of Purcell, one of Britain's best-loved composers.