Music and Mindfulness – The Beginning

You will, no doubt, have heard of mindfulness. Its various guides litter the two-for-one bestsellers’ tables as you enter Waterstones, and you can’t read an issue of any broadsheet weekend supplement without it being mentioned at least once. It’s a new life tool which, it seems, everyone has taken up. But music fans may well… Read more »

Five Simple Ways The Dundee Residency Might Excite You

We’re off to Dundee for a few days for one of our ‘SE Residencies‘. If you’re wondering what on earth an SE Residency is, well, the clue is really in the name (and the link, for those who’ve been brought up on Google and don’t do guessing any more): it’s a period of a few days where we… Read more »

Q: How many arts professionals does it take to plan a residency?

A: Well, one, kind of… it’s a bit more complicated than you might think. As part of our ‘not just normal concerts’ remit we have, since 2012, been putting on SE Residencies, which are when we plan a cluster of events in a specific city or location which go out of the concert hall and into the… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble Residencies: The View from a Young Artist Part 2

Talented violinists and SE Young Artists Katrina Lee and Wen Wang continue our residency blog as the Ensemble travels to Dundee for another 4-day residency.  After our first main concert in Inverness, everyone clambered onto the coach with bottles and nibbles! What a fantastic way to spend the time travelling to Dundee and to celebrate… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Residencies minus 1 month! – part 2

There’s just too much going on in our first residencies in October 2012, that we had to split it over two posts. You can read more about what we’ve got in our Dundee October residency in our post from earlier this week Scottish Ensemble Inverness residency October 2012 Our first Inverness residency is happening from… Read more »

Residencies minus 1 month!

It’s t-1 month until our first ever residencies in Dundee and Inverness What’s a Residency? Each year we’ll be spending 4 – 5 days in Dundee, Inverness, Perth and Aberdeen, getting out of the concert hall and getting to know the communities in these cities a little better. Each residency is built by working with… Read more »