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 »

A week with Scottish Ensemble – from the students’ mouth…

During Scottish Ensemble’s RCS Week, which takes place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a group of musicians from Scottish Ensemble spends an intensive week with a handful of promising students from the RCS’ Strings department, who have auditioned for a place on the programme. The students then enjoy five days of focused coaching, working… 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 »

On The Road… A musical feast on Shetland

  Director of Artistic Planning Jenny Jamison reports from one of the first events in this year’s Shetland Residency, a ‘musical feast’ which promised not only live music, but also a home-cooked meal. Two weeks ago we were in an urban warehouse in London, on top of an abandoned gas works. And we were playing Vivaldi…. Read more »