Scottish Ensemble Far East 2013 Tour

SE cello, Naomi Pavri, buckles up her cello (yes, it’s definitely secure) and begins the second instalment of our blog as the Ensemble travel to Taiwan  Day 6 Speaking as a cellist, and having experienced suspicious and anxious check-in desk assistants on countless occasions over the last couple of months, fellow SE cello Ali and I… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble Far East 2013 Tour

SE first violin Tristan Gurney begins our Far East 2013 blog as he gets into the swing of Chinese life…  Day 1 So, merely three and a half weeks after our USA tour we find ourselves back at Glasgow airport, checking in for a tour to the Far East. All starts smoothly, nearly everyone arriving… Read more »

US Tour: 11 dates crossing 7 states

SE principal viola, Catherine Marwood, ends the US tour blog from our final destination, Ann Arbour, and looks back to concerts in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago.  Day 15 Today we leave the lovely warmth of the south and head north to Urbana-Champaign Illinois. Texan hats and boots made their appearance in the rehearsal yesterday and on the bus this morning…. Read more »

US Tour: 11 dates crossing 7 states

SE principal cello, Alison Lawrance, on the third leg of the Scottish Ensemble US tour writes about Florida, New York, and Texas.   Day 12 8.30am: we’re leaving the hotel for the departure gates of Orlando airport and after a late return in the early hours of the morning from Gainesville, everyone’s looking very sleepy…. Read more »

US Tour: 11 dates crossing 7 states

SE viola player, Andrew Berridge, on the second leg of the Scottish Ensemble US tour writes about LA, Manhattan (Kansas), and Florida. This is my first proper tour as a member of the group and the build-up to leaving was a strange mix of excitement and trepidation – how does one pack for such a… Read more »

US Tour: 11 dates crossing 7 states

SE Leader, Jonathan Morton, on the first leg of the Scottish Ensemble US tour writes about their journey from Glasgow to Los Angeles, and then to Santa Barbara, San Diego, and back to LA! Day 1 We all meet at Glasgow airport on another bitterly cold early morning. Deciding what to take on a trip… Read more »

International Touring – a player's thoughts

After a successful tour in China in May earlier this year and with a USA tour (our biggest international tour ever!) coming up in April next year, we asked Scottish Ensemble cellist Alison Lawrance why she loves international touring, and why it’s important. Here’s what she said… “One of the best things about touring is… Read more »

USA Tour with Alison Balsom

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Dates now announced The full dates of our tour with Alison Balsom are now on our website – and it’s going to be a biggie…. We’ll be in the USA from 6 – 20 April 2013 and will be giving 11 concerts, taking 8 flights, making 7 coach journeys, visiting 7 states performing 2 programmes… Read more »