A Guide To… The Transfigured Night tour

Chamber music is a strange thing. It seems like it should be about paring back and cosying up – which many times, it is. It’s transportable music; a miniature orchestra in your front room; the ‘pop-up performance’ centuries before that became a thing. The sheer fact that it’s only four or five people suggests a… Read more »

On The Road… The Dundee Residency (September 2016)

Day One  Beginners’ Strings Day Sunday 4 September 2016 What a brilliant way to kick off our Dundee Residency – by getting together 70 young people, learning string instruments through the Dundee and Angus Instrumental Services and teaching them a brand new piece by composer James Redwood. The Tempest was written specifically for this purpose,… Read more »

American Life at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, Glasgow (The Herald review)

Published on Tuesday 13 September 2016 Written by Michael Tumelty AT their first appearance in the Royal Concert Hall’s New Auditorium, Jonathan Morton and his Scottish Ensemble, using the space as a small chamber hall with a stage, opened up a few more horizons for a group with a vision. Morton’s mantra is “redefining the string… Read more »

American Life at Caird Hall, Dundee (The Dundee Courier)

Published on Thursday 8 September 2016 Written by Garry Fraser To kick off their new season with a programme of music from the United States – 20th Century at the earliest – had a bit of the dare devil about it for the Scottish Ensemble. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and there might have been… Read more »

A guide to… The American Life tour

We’ve been dotting all over the place this summer – all over Scotland, from Skye to Paxton, but also Europe, having just returned from the very successful German premiere of our contemporary dance collaboration, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (the relief that came from remembering the music and the moves for this one… Read more »