Interview: Chris Stout and Catriona McKay

Scottish Ensemble interviews Chris Stout and Catriona McKay on their brand new piece, teaching musicians to play by ear, and the importance of experimentation. We first worked with Fair Isle fiddler Chris Stout and Dundonian harpist Catriona McKay back in 2013, collaborating on Sally Beamish’s Seavaigers. A concerto for fiddle, Scottish harp (clàrsach, for those in the know) and string… Read more »

Top 5 Moments: Mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill

It’s the start of February, creeping towards the middle of February, and we’ve juuuust entered the busy zone ahead of this month’s tour, called Prophecy (in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London). This is the part where everything hits at once and musicians and office staff look at their to-do lists and realise that, quite suddenly, everything… Read more »

Work & Play with Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Being apportioned twenty minutes of Alina Ibragimova‘s fleeting, shrinking, almost ephemeral spare time feels like a real honour. This is a violinist who has been playing concertos with professional orchestras since the age of six; who first played London’s Wigmore Hall before she was even a teenager; who was asked to play at Yehudi Menuhin‘s funeral; and, more… Read more »

Work & Play with Gabriela Montero (piano)

  Gabriela Montero has just had her hair coloured. “I hated it!” she breathes down the phone from Barcelona, in between mouthfuls of pasta. “I was reading a book and I couldn’t concentrate as I could see my hair turning this sort of orange colour…” Thankfully, the stylist has managed to rectify the situation with more dye… 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 »

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 »

Interview with video artist Netia Jones

You may have heard that we’re big fans of Benjamin Britten here at the Scottish Ensemble – so much so we’ve dedicated our whole 2012-13 season to focusing on the composer ahead of his centenary in 2013. Taking inspiration from Britten’s unconventional style, we’ve commissioned video artist Netia Jones to create some brand new visuals… 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 »