On The Road… The Dumfries Residency

At the start of June, we spent four busy and enjoyable days in Dumfries on one of our Residencies. The idea of these stays is to reach as many different types of people as possible, bringing the joys and benefits of listening to and playing music to a range of groups across a community. This… Read more »

Work & Play with Bartosz Woroch

Violinist Bartosz Woroch is a very fitting guest leader for our final tour of the 2016-17 season, a programme of Eastern European music. It’s not just because he’s Polish, but because he studied in Poland (the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, as well as Berlin University of The Arts and the Guildhall School of… Read more »

A Guide To… Eastern Europe Express

  The great thing about putting on a concert of music from Eastern Europe is that even the unfamiliar jumble of grouped consonants and accents makes it feel intriguing and exotic. This is, unfortunately, exactly what can also make it difficult to put on a programme of music from Eastern Europe. This is not the place… Read more »

Work & Play with Johannes Fischer

Percussionist Johannes Fischer comes with serious baggage. The sort of baggage that involves patient conversations with tour managers (“OK, so your flight case is too big for a taxi”); an invested feat of logistics to get him and his equipment on and off a flight; baggage that has violinists – maybe even double bassists –… Read more »

Work & Play with Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Being apportioned twenty minutes of Alina Ibragimova‘s fleeting, shrinking, almost ephemeral spare time feels like a real honour. This is a violinist who has been playing concertos with professional orchestras since the age of six; who first played London’s Wigmore Hall before she was even a teenager; who was asked to play at Yehudi Menuhin‘s funeral; and, more… Read more »

Enjoying 2017 (with Scottish Ensemble)

January is not, traditionally, an enjoyable month for most people living in the cold, dark, wet UK. One quite simple way of battling through this, we have found, is planning things to look forward to. So, on the tenuous claim of providing some kind of service to the community, we’ve compiled a list of what… 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 »

A Guide To… Ascent: Concerts by Candlelight

Christmas is simultaneously an easy and difficult time to persuade people to come out to a concert (actually, Christmas is simultaneously an easy and difficult time, full stop). People are gathering together and making merry and whatnot, and ‘whatnot’ does often comprise music, but the demand is often for everything to be overwhelmingly festive. Cue… Read more »

Programme Notes: American Life

From the beginning of Scottish Ensemble’s 2016/17 season, we will make programme notes available online so that audience members can access them in a larger text format or through audio description. If there are any other ways in which you would like to receive these programme notes, please get in touch on office@scottishensemble.co.uk or 0141… Read more »

Music and Mindfulness – The Beginning

You will, no doubt, have heard of mindfulness. Its various guides litter the two-for-one bestsellers’ tables as you enter Waterstones, and you can’t read an issue of any broadsheet weekend supplement without it being mentioned at least once. It’s a new life tool which, it seems, everyone has taken up. But music fans may well… Read more »

Transfigured Night at Perth Concert Hall, Perth (The Herald review)

Published on Wednesday 5 September 2016 Written by Michael Tumelty It is just three weeks since the Scottish Ensemble added a few key instruments to its core strings and effectively transformed the group into a mini chamber orchestra for its last Glasgow concert, playing a range of American music. The tiniest change of instrumentation can alter… Read more »