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 »

Scottish Ensemble Variations concerts

Our annual concerts by candlelight return to Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness from 3 – 8 December. We’ll be performing Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Bach’s Goldberg Variations, plus there will be another new musical postcard from Martin Suckling. Our candlelit concerts are very special events, and a great… Read more »

Postcards from Martin Suckling #2

We’ve commissioned Martin Suckling to write us musical postcards throughout our 2012-13 season, with the first, In Memoriam EMS, arriving in time for our Illuminations concerts in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness on 22 – 25 October and at our 1st concert of the 2012-13 series at Wigmore Hall on 30 October 2012. Postcard We were… Read more »

Martin Suckling interview

Our final residency in Dundee came to an end yesterday – and what a weekend it was! A full report of what we got up to will be coming up later this week, but for now it’s straight onto our Illuminations concerts in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth from 22 – 25 October 2012. As… Read more »

Netia Jones speaks to New York Times

Netia Jones spoke to the New York Times this week about her version of Oliver Knussen’s opera Where the Wild Things Are, an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book which is being performed by the LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel this week. Netia’s next project will be her visuals to be performed with Britten’s Les… Read more »

Thomas Walker on Les Illuminations

Glaswegian tenor Thomas Walker is joining the Ensemble to perform Britten’s eerie masterpiece Les Illuminations in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh and Inverness from 21 – 25 October. Thomas is quite a fan of Britten, and of Les Illuminations, so we decided to ask him a bit more about what makes it such a special piece… Read more »

Alex Smoke on Faust

Our residencies in Inverness and Dundee this month see the Ensemble getting out and about and trying a whole range of  new things. One of the more unusual events in the residencies will be screenings of F. W.  Murnau’s 1926 film Faust at Dundee Contemporary Arts on Thursday 18 October and Eden Court Cinema on… Read more »