Ascent: Concerts by Candlelight at Caird Hall, Dundee (The Dundee Courier review)

Published on Monday 12 December 2016 Written by Garry Fraser Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending has confounded many, myself included, by repeatedly notching the number one spot in Classic FM’s top of the pops. It’s nowhere near my top 1,000 classical favourites, but if any performance was to make me reconsider, it would with the Scottish… Read more »

Ascent: Concerts by Candlelight at Wellington Church, Glasgow (The Herald review)

Published on Thursday 8 December 2016 Written by Keith Bruce UK-domiciled Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova will have been a new name to many in the churches on the Scottish Ensemble’s Candlelit Concerts tour, but it is one they will certainly have noted. Artistic director Jonathan Morton may well have acquired the idea of teaming her music… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno at The Hub, Edinburgh (Bachtrack review)

Published on Monday 14 November 2016 Written by David Smythe The annual Hot 100 cultural contributors from Edinburgh’s magazine The List draws interest from right across the entertainment world in Scotland. Beating Donald Runnicles (80), John Butt (63) and even The Edinburgh Festival (8), emerging smoking hot in the lead this year is composer Anna Meredith…. Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno at Tramway, Glasgow (The Scotsman review)

Published on Saturday 12 November 2016 Written by Ken Walton VIVALDI’S The Four Seasons has been subject to modernisation treatment in many weird and wonderful guises, from the bovver boy interpretations of Nigel Kennedy to it being well and truly tangoed by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. It’s also a past and present favourite of the Scottish… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno at Tramway, Glasgow (The Herald review)

Published on Sunday 13 November 2016 Written by Miranda Heggie Always challenging the norms of classical music performance, Scottish Ensemble’s latest project, Anno, presents one of the best known works of the classical repertoire, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, in a startlingly fresh context. Its genesis, devised by soloist and Scottish Ensemble’s Artistic Director Jonathan Morton, this collaboration… Read more »

Creating with children: thoughts on the Anno workshop

Anno was many things: an immersive intermingling of sound and sight, old and new, electronic and acoustic; but at its heart it was a collection of personal responses to music – some of the most famous and popular music ever written, in fact: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Though this particular response required the extended efforts of… Read more »

Anna Meredith, Jonathan Morton and Gareth K. Vile on Anno

Anno, as anyone following Scottish Ensemble over the past few months will be aware, is a collaboration between Scottish Ensemble and the hotly-tipped electronic-classical crossover composer Anna Meredith. We first fell in love with the piece down in London, in June 2016, when we premiered it as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. Without wanting… Read more »