Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia at Dance City, Newcastle (The Guardian)

Written by Alfred Hickling Published on Monday 23 November 2015 The composition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations will always be mysterious. Were they really a musical sheep-counting exercise for the benefit of an insomniac ambassador? A harmonic exegesis of the Ptolemaic universe? A private joke at the expense of an unkind critic? Or maybe, as this… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (Fjord Review)

Written by Lorna Irvine Published on Tuesday 17 November 2015 Read the review on the Fjord Review website How to reinvent J.S. Bach’s famous, sublime Goldberg Variations? This collaboration between Stockholm-based choreographer Örjan Andersson and Scottish Ensemble’s Jonathan Morton seeks to do just that, with a series of choreographic movements integrated with the musicians themselves,… Read more »

Music-and-dance collaboration opens at Glasgow’s Tramway

11 musicians from Scottish Ensemble and 5 dancers from Andersson Dance have arrived at Glasgow’s prestigious contemporary art and performance venue, Tramway, for rehearsals ahead of the first UK performances on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November. The collaboration is led by Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Morton and Andersson Dance Artistic Director Örjan Andersson, who came… Read more »

VACANCY: Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee, Scottish Ensemble

Scottish Ensemble’s Board of Trustees is looking to appoint a new member of the Board who will also serve as Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. The Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee plays a key governance role for Scottish Ensemble (SE). The Committee reviews SE management accounts and financial planning… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia premières in Sweden

The first performances of Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia have been performed in Sweden – to standing ovations and critical acclaim. The project, a collaboration between Scottish Ensemble and contemporary Swedish dance company Andersson Dance, will be performed in the UK from Fri 13 to Sat 21 November, taking in Glasgow (13 &… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble win friends with spirited Bucharest debut (The Herald, 9/9/15)

  Written by Kate Molleson Published on Wednesday 9 September 2015 Read on The Herald website Photo: Vlad Eftenie Bucharest’s main concert hall is the Sala Palatului: a vast 1960s period piece upholstered in multiple shades of yellow and once used as the conference centre for Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime. The auditorium holds a mighty crowd of… Read more »

Job Vacancy: Project Manager

Fixed term 5-month freelance contract, with possibility of extension 3 office-based days per week (plus touring depending on candidate skills – please see job description for details) Fee dependent on experience Scottish Ensemble (SE), one of the UK’s leading ensembles, is widely recognised for its world-class performance standard and imaginative approach to artistic and creative… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble rethink their residencies (The Herald, June 2015)

Classical music writer Michael Tumelty shares his thoughts on the Scottish Ensemble residency programme in the second of a two-part commentary on the 2015-16 season in The Herald. Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Saturday 20 June 2015 Read on The Herald website The Scottish Ensemble, a 12-strong string orchestra that very much has its own niche… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble leap forward with new season programme (The Herald, June 2015)

Michael Tumelty, one of The Herald’s classical music writers, has written a wonderful outline, and a glowing endorsement, of what to expect from our recently-launched season. It’s great to see journalists and critics such as Michael not only intuitively understanding what we’re trying to do but also celebrating it. So thank you, Michael – and Ken Walton in The… Read more »

Introducing the 2015-16 season…

We are excited to reveal the Scottish Ensemble 15-16 season of events. From August 2015 to May 2016, we’ve planned what we hope will be an intriguing, exciting, entertaining and enlightening journey through the string repertoire. One of the absolute don’t-miss events has to be our second large-scale, cross-artform collaboration, Goldberg Variations. SE musicians will be… Read more »