Scottish Ensemble shortlisted for an RPS Award

We’re thrilled to announce that Scottish Ensemble has been shortlisted for a prestigious RPS Award. Jonathan Morton leads Scottish Ensemble in Tabula Rasa, its 2017 collaboration with pioneering theatre company Vanishing Point centred around the live performance of the music of Arvo Part Run by the Royal Philharmonic Society, and presented in association with BBC… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble nominated for Classical:NEXT Innovation Award

Scottish Ensemble is thrilled to announce that the group has been shortlisted for the Classical:NEXT Innovation Award, an exciting international award which rewards innovative people and projects that are changing the classical music landscape. The selection was made by the Classical:NEXT Nominating Committee, who chose a shortlist of 12 from a total of 28 longlisted… Read more »

Kaleidoscope wins Scottish Awards for New Music award

Kaleidoscope, a project delivered as part of the Cumnock Tryst 2017 by Scottish Ensemble, James MacMillan, Colin Currie and Drake Music Scotland, has won the RCS Award for Community/Education Project Of The Year in this year’s Scottish Awards for New Music. The award, which was presented at a ceremony at Drygate, Glasgow on Wed 7… Read more »

Review: Prophecy with Karen Cargill (Bachtrack)

Published on Saturday 24 February 2018 Written by David Smythe   Ancient classical tales have inspired composers for generations with their high drama, exquisite poetry and wondrous stories that grip like a vice and won’t let go. A quick check of current television and film schedules demonstrates that we are as keen as ever on… Read more »

Review: Prophecy with Karen Cargill (The Herald)

Published on Thursday 22 February 2018 Written by Keith Bruce   WHEN illness forced mezzo-soprano Christine Rice to pull out of the Scottish Ensemble’s run of “Prophecy” concerts that thematically linked the music of three centuries in the inspiration of tales from Ancient Greece, the group can hardly have hoped to secure a replacement as… Read more »

Review: Prophecy with Karen Cargill (The Scotsman)

Published on Saturday 24 February 2018 Written by David Kettle   As stand-in replacements go, revered Scottish mezzo Karen Cargill must be right up there. Covering for an indisposed Christine Rice, Cargill was making her debut with the Scottish Ensemble in an eclectic, Greek myth-inspired concert – and her mesmerising, microscopically inflected singing made a… Read more »

Karen Cargill to replace Christine Rice on Scottish Ensemble’s February tour

Scottish Ensemble to collaborate with Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill this February on a programme inspired by musical tales from Ancient Greece. We are sorry to announce that Christine Rice, the soloist originally advertised as joining us on our Prophecy tour (in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London this February) has unfortunately had to cancel due to illness…. Read more »

Tabula Rasa opens at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tabula Rasa, Scottish Ensemble’s collaboration with pioneering Scottish theatre company Vanishing Point, received its world premiere at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on Thursday 9 November 2017. Photography: Hugh Carswell. Based around the live performance of music by Arvo Pärt, including Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Spiegel Im Spiegel and Für Alina, this new music-and-theatre production is the… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Vanishing Point: Tabula Rasa (Bachtrack review)

Published on Saturday 11 November 2017 Written by David Smythe   The innovative Scottish Ensemble, just off the plane from Shanghai after performing their Goldberg Variations with Andersson Dance, continues to push boundaries. Almost a year ago to the day we were mesmerised by Anno, an extraordinary collaboration with Anna Meredith. Glasgow based theatre company… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Vanishing Point: Tabula Rasa (The Herald review)

Published on Wednesday 15 November 2017 Written by Neil Cooper   Mid-way through this stark meditation on loss, and the care that’s required in the lead up to that loss, actress Pauline Goldsmith stands in the swirl of strings conjured up by the twelve musicians who surround her. Up until then, her character has been a… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble & Vanishing Point: Tabula Rasa (The Scotsman review)

Published on Friday 10 November 2017 Written by Joyce McMillan   IT’S both strange and fitting that this new collaboration between Vanishing Point Theatre Company and the Scottish Ensemble should open on the weekend of Remembrance Day, the moment in the year when our society stages its huge annual effort to take some meaning from the… Read more »

Eastern Europe Express at Hunterian Museum, Glasgow (The Scotsman review)

Published on Saturday 10 June 2017 Written by Ken Walton The Scottish Ensemble’s Eastern Europe Express programme in the Hunterian Museum included, appropriately, a couple of museum pieces – rare examples from Poland’s 20th century musical awakening. This explorative concert, directed by Polish violinist Bartosz Woroch, centred almost completely on Polish music (including some familiar Chopin… Read more »