Scottish Ensemble Residencies: The View from a Young Artist

The Scottish Ensemble Young Artist Scheme gives some of the brightest young string players the opportunity to perform alongside SE and benefit from coaching and mentoring. Viola player and SE Young Artist Morag Robertson – a recent graduate from St Mary’s Music School and now at the Royal College of Music – blogs from our 2013… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble 2013 Shetland Residency

SE violin, Laura Ghiro, looks back on our action-packed 4-day Shetland residency. ‘Thanks Shetland for the fun and the memories!’  Following a successful recording session in Dundee with Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (Scottish harp) to record Seavaigers by Sally Beamish, and a concert as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, we were… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble 2013 Perth Residency

SE violin, Xander van Vliet, sees us through to the end of an ‘epic’ 3 months with a blog from our first-ever Perth residency. April 21st. Remember when it all began? 19 concerts, 25 flights, 3 continents, 17 hotels, 52 trumpet concertos, endless Wi-Fi codes and 12 missed breakfasts later, we arrive in Perth for our… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble 2013 Aberdeen Residency

SE double bass, Diane Clark, took some time out of our action-packed Aberdeen Residency  to record some of her highlights… Day 1 The train pulls into a sunny and warm Aberdeen. Hurrah! Lashings of ginger beer for me as I head straight to Pret a Manger. We check in and head off to the Lemon… Read more »

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 »

Happy Birthday Britten!

Today marks 99 years since the birth of the great composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten! As one of the central figures of twentieth-century British classical music, he is one of the most important composers of music for strings. This season, the Scottish Ensemble is joining in the Britten celebrations.  The Ensemble already performed Britten’s eerie… Read more »