We’re off to Brazil!

We are pleased to announce that Scottish Ensemble has been invited to participate in this year’s British Council Transform programme, an arts and creativity initiative led by the British Council to connect artists, artistic organisations and governmental bodies from the UK and Brazil. As part of the Transform MultiOrchestra conference, which runs from 27 – 29 April in Rio… Read more »

Graham Fagen presents reggae version of Robert Burns poem at Venice Biennale

  A while ago, three of our musicians were involved in a rather exciting and intriguing recording which involved renowned composer Sally Beamish, reggae artist Ghetto Priest, London-based music producer Adrian Sherwood, and the celebrated Robert Burns poem The Slave’s Lament.  Today, the full details of the project were announced: as part of the Scotland +… Read more »

Amy Dickson visits Edinburgh primary school

It’s not every cold, grey February morning you get a chart-topping, internationally-renowned Classical BRIT winning musician turning up on your doorstep wielding a saxophone, but on Monday 2 February, pupils and teachers at Edinburgh’s Dalry Primary School had the pleasure of Amy Dickson doing just that.   Amy is one of the newest ambassadors of The Prince’s… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble SE

Setlist from SE Sessions

Our first ever SE Sessions event in Glasgow, downstairs in the CCA’s Saramago bar on Monday 8 December, was an absolute pleasure. Jonathan, Tristan, Andy, Alison and Diane all sacrificed a precious day off to prepare a set of their favourite short pieces, mostly from the 20th-century (although Jon’s rendition of Bach’s Partita No.2 was… Read more »

The festive tour begins…

Love it or loathe it, the festive season has officially begun. For some this means the start of a long period of frantic preparation; for others, it’s something to be willingly ignored. For us, it means only one thing: loading the candelabras back in the van, stocking up on antifreeze and looking forward to a crisp… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble: Jonathon Morton, Artistic Director and Leader

Creative Scotland announcement

Following a period of significant growth in the work of Scottish Ensemble, we are delighted that Creative Scotland has taken the decision to make a substantial investment in our plans for the next three years.  Their investment during funding period 2015-18 is £1,000,000 which represents an increase in our grant of around 14%. Creative Scotland… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble and Inksters win Arts and Business Award for Shetland residency

Image: Eoin Carey. L-R: Brian Inkster (Inksters Solicitors), Fraser Anderson (Scottish Ensemble), Jenni Steele (VisitScotland), John Raine (Shell UK), Liz Scott (Shell UK), Martin Danziger (Theatre Modo). We are thrilled to announce that Scottish Ensemble’s partnership with Inksters Solicitors has won a prestigious Arts & Business Scotland award. The award, in the category of Placemaking, was… Read more »

Pianist Alasdair Beatson joins Scottish Ensemble for Mozart & Moz-art tour

Following an action-packed four days in Inverness on our city residency, Scottish Ensemble bursts into its Mozart & Moz-art tour, opening at Eden Court on Fri 24 Oct and taking in Aberdeen (25 Oct), Perth (26 Oct), Edinburgh (28 Oct) and London (30 Oct). It is with great pleasure that we are joined by one of the most acclaimed and distinctive… Read more »

Inverness City Residency begins

Scottish Ensemble arrive in Inverness for four day residency from 21-24 Oct Scottish Ensemble arrive today in Inverness for the third of their successful (and highly enjoyable) city residencies, packing in four days of events from Tue 21 to Fri 24 October. The aim of the series is to engage the local community in each… Read more »

Final details: 20th-Century Perspectives

Full Event Details: 20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces & Strings Friday 12 & Saturday 13 September 2014, 6.30pm Our collaboration with artist Toby Paterson – 20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces & Strings will take place inside an abandoned section of the Anderston Centre. As the venue is not a traditional performance space, there are a few things… Read more »

Venue for 20th-Century Perspectives Announced as Anderston Centre

Today Scottish Ensemble announces the venue for its ambitious collaboration with visual artist Toby Paterson as the Anderston Centre. Designed by Richard Seifert and completed in 1972 it is an important Glasgow Modernist landmark. The building was a key part of the city’s urban renewal project during the 1950s-70s but since then some elements have… Read more »

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SE Chief Executive to take up key leadership post at Sage Gateshead

Scottish Ensemble (SE) announces today that Thorben Dittes will leave SE in September 2014, following his appointment as Director, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Classical Music Programme at Sage Gateshead. His leadership of the organisation has been marked by significant achievements over the last four years. The introduction of a new model of regional touring – Scottish Ensemble City… Read more »