Interview: Chris Stout and Catriona McKay

Scottish Ensemble interviews Chris Stout and Catriona McKay on their brand new piece, teaching musicians to play by ear, and the importance of experimentation. We first worked with Fair Isle fiddler Chris Stout and Dundonian harpist Catriona McKay back in 2013, collaborating on Sally Beamish’s Seavaigers. A concerto for fiddle, Scottish harp (clàrsach, for those in the know) and string… Read more »

Work & Play: An Interview with Chris Stout (fiddle)

Work & Play: a five minute interview with our collaborators, soloists and other artists we have the pleasure of working with on being a musician, life on tour and life at home. Chris Stout with collaborative partner and supremely talented Scottish harpist Catriona McKay We first worked with Fair Isle fiddler Chris Stout and Dundonian… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble’s Guide To… Prophecy, with mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill

Introducing Prophecy, a concert by Scottish Ensemble featuring one of the UK’s leading mezzo-sopranos, Karen Cargill, and featuring a selection of alternately dramatic, poetic and beautiful pieces inspired by tales from Ancient Greece. The mythology and iconography of Ancient Greece has always provided a rich drawing-board for artistic inspiration. Its legacy really is quite incredible,… Read more »

Top 5 Moments: Mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill

It’s the start of February, creeping towards the middle of February, and we’ve juuuust entered the busy zone ahead of this month’s tour, called Prophecy (in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London). This is the part where everything hits at once and musicians and office staff look at their to-do lists and realise that, quite suddenly, everything… Read more »

A Winter Chorale with I Fagiolini (Bachtrack review)

Published on Monday 11 December 2017 Written by David Smythe The candlelit concerts each December from the Scottish Ensemble are now treasured fixtures in the Advent calendar with their trademark intelligent programming providing food for thought as well as anticipating the festivities to come. This year, the Ensemble has teamed up with I Fagiolini, a tiny chamber… Read more »

The Power Of Five: Notes on the programme

The Power Of Five: one of our frequent homages to the power of chamber music. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: smaller forces does not necessarily mean less power. It means hearing professional musicians and their individual instruments more closely and more directly than in an orchestral setting; it means hearing all… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble’s Guide To… Silver Screen Sounds

Scottish Ensemble’s Silver Screen Sounds: Trailer from Scottish Ensemble on Vimeo. We’re really quite excited to be taking our concert of film music to Inverness (10 Sep) Dundee (14 Sep), Glasgow (15 Sep) and Edinburgh (16 Sep). Silver Screen Sounds is a night of dramatic, evocative, thrilling and emotive music for strings – all of which has been featured in films…. Read more »

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 »

Scottish Ensemble’s Guide To… Eastern Europe Express (tour)

  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 »