Seraph – new Alison Balsom CD release

featuring the Scottish Ensemble Following the tremendous success of Alison Balsom’s Italian Concertos disc, which was EMI Classics best-selling record of 2010, the superstar trumpeter’s latest release was announced today. Seraph – Trumpet Concertos, which features four works by 20th and 21st-century composers, is Balsom’s sixth recording with EMI Classics. The title work, Seraph, is dedicated to Alison by the composer, James MacMillan. Seraph was… Read more »

Latest Reviews – December 2011

You can browse some of the latest reviews from our Baltic Renaissance tour here. The atmospheric venues and haunting, powerful music made for an unusual festive experience.  The Baltic countries are home to some of today’s most exceptional composers and these concerts offered a flavour of each state, as well as the drama and poise of… Read more »

Christmas with a twist…

You’ll be able to catch the Scottish Ensemble’s annual Christmas concerts with a twist from next Tuesday, 6 December 2011 until Sunday 11 December. Continuing what has become a favourite annual tradition for many of our audience our festive concerts performed by flickering candlelight are the perfect reflective and atmospheric alternative to the usual Christmas… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble Celebrate St Andrew's Day

The Scottish Ensemble is delighted to have been invited by the Scottish Government EU Office to help them celebrate their biggest event of their year – St Andrew’s Day. On Wednesday 30th November – Scotland’s National Day – the Ensemble will be performing a programme of classical and traditional Scottish music for Shona Robison MSP,… Read more »

Latest Reviews – October 2011

Scottish Ensemble with Alasdair Beatson Having recently completed a successful tour with Alasdair Beatson, we are delighted to have received some enthusiastic reviews for several of our performances across Scotland. These articles are now available to read through the Reviews page of our website. The innovative programme, which combined works by Mendelssohn and Stravinsky, caught the imagination of… Read more »

£10:11/12 Season gets under way

The Scottish Ensemble’s £10:11/12 Season begins this Sunday 23 October at The Music Hall in Aberdeen with further concerts in Inverness, Perth, Dundee and Edinburgh. Rising-star pianist Alasdair Beatson is joining the Ensemble to perform Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings with Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Morton. The Ensemble will also be performing Mendelssohn’s Capriccio and… Read more »

TED Conference 2011

The Ensemble recently had the opportunity to join Charles Hazlewood for his presentation at the prestigious TED conference, which this year took place in Edinburgh. Charles’ talk ‘Trusting the ensemble’ explores the power of music to bring people together and to break down social barriers.  The Scottish Ensemble musicians provide the on-stage representation of this ethos. You can watch the talk… Read more »

Latest Reviews – September 2011

September 2011 – with Alison Balsom Having reached the end of the 2011 Summer Season, we are delighted to have received some great reviews for our concerts in the Lammermuir Festival and in Perth Concert Hall. You can read these now by clicking on the Reviews page of the website. The performances included a number of baroque… Read more »

The Guardian – July 2011

Andrew Clements Published – Friday 1 July 2011 Kings Place, London, Thursday 30 June 2011 **** The latest of Kings Place’s mini-series centres on composer John Woolrich. He has curated three concerts featuring groups with whom he has a particularly close relationship – the Scottish Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta – all performing… Read more »

Launch of New Season

The Ensemble launched their new Season at Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh last night. Highlights include:  £10: 11/12 Season ticket deal for all main Season concerts; Alasdair Beatson, Alison Balsom and Lawrence Power continue their collaboration with the Ensemble; World première of a new work by rising star Luke Bedford; Scottish première of James MacMillan’s Seraph with Alison… Read more »

Quicksilver – 10 April @ 3.00pm

Listen and play – a concert in two parts On Sunday 10 April we are joined by Director, Anthony Marwood in an exciting concert experience for young musicians. During the first half of the concert, there is a choice – to stay in the concert hall to hear Mendelssohn’s youthful Sinfonia No. 13 in C minor… Read more »

Performance on 3 – 2 March 2011

Our performance with Alison Balsom and the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists at Wigmore Hall last month is featured tomorrow on Radio 3 at 7.00pm. The concert includes the premiere of James MacMillan’s stunning new commission, Seraph.  You can read more about this performance in our Archive section of the website.  If you cannot catch the… Read more »