Job Vacancy: Administrator

Scottish Ensemble (SE), one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles, is widely recognised for its world-class performance standard and imaginative approach to artistic and creative learning projects. We are currently seeking an Administrator, who will be responsible for the efficient and organised running of the busy SE office. Scottish Ensemble is a group of 12 outstanding musicians,… Read more »

Job Vacancy: Development Manager

Scottish Ensemble (SE), one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles, is widely recognised for its world-class performance standard and imaginative approach to artistic and creative learning projects. Scottish Ensemble’s 2015 collaboration with Swedish dance company Andersson Dance is now touring internationally We are currently seeking a Development Manager, who will be responsible for raising income from… Read more »

South Atlantic Crossings at Caird Hall, Dundee (Dundee Courier)

Written by Garry Fraser Published on Monday 14 March 2016 It is the right of any soloist to provide an encore after a concerto performance. Sometimes they can be superfluous, other times a memorable ending to a marvellous concert. In the latter category falls Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, who provided a tailpiece to her performance… Read more »

South Atlantic Crossings at Caird Hall, Dundee (Bachtrack)

Written by David Smythe Published on Sunday 13 March 2016 The latest Scottish Ensemble’s trademark imaginative programming brings us South Atlantic Crossings, exploring what happens when music and traditions of two continents collide. The influences of Bach and Mozart on South Americans Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla are surprising, and adding the exciting Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero… Read more »

South Atlantic Crossings at City Halls, Glasgow (The Herald)

Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Monday 14 March 2016 If there is such a species as the concert with everything, then this project, designed by Morton, was as close in aspiration as can be imagined; moreover, the playing by this indivisible group of 12 collaborators, joined for the afternoon by the extraordinarily open-hearted pianist… Read more »

Five Pieces Of Music Inspired By Visual Art

Kandinsky – Impression III – Concert (1911) The link between music and art is nothing new, in the same way that all art forms are linked. However, call us biased, but there is something particularly special about how music specifically relates to the others. Is it because music is the one art form that has… Read more »

Five Simple Ways The Dundee Residency Might Excite You

We’re off to Dundee for a few days for one of our ‘SE Residencies‘. If you’re wondering what on earth an SE Residency is, well, the clue is really in the name (and the link, for those who’ve been brought up on Google and don’t do guessing any more): it’s a period of a few days where we… Read more »

Work & Play with Gabriela Montero (piano)

  Gabriela Montero has just had her hair coloured. “I hated it!” she breathes down the phone from Barcelona, in between mouthfuls of pasta. “I was reading a book and I couldn’t concentrate as I could see my hair turning this sort of orange colour…” Thankfully, the stylist has managed to rectify the situation with more dye… Read more »

Quintets at Mareel, Shetland (Shetland News)

Written by Alex Garrick-Wright Published on Saturday 27 February The Scottish Ensemble returned to the Mareel Auditorium on Friday night to bring us the second of their three shows in the 2015/16 Shetland Season. Jonathan Morton, Scottish Ensemble’s Artistic Director and violinist, explained to the non-music buffs that their two-viola quintet was fairly unusual, and… Read more »

Quintets at The Merchant’s House, Glasgow (The Herald)

Written by Keith Bruce Published on Thursday 25 February 2016 THERE was a queue down the stairs for seats at Wednesday lunchtime’s recital by a quintet from Jonathan Morton’s Scottish Ensemble, and little wonder. For all that the group is dedicated to “reinventing the string orchestra”, here just five of the players were on a… Read more »

Quintets at The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (The Scotsman)

Written by David Kettle Published on Saturday 27 February 2016 IT WAS a slimmed-down Scottish Ensemble that took to the stage of Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre – just the five of them, for a passionate programme of string quintets by Mozart and Brahms. Passionate was certainly the word – as they do in their fuller string… Read more »