Love and War in Bohemia and special appearances

The van is packed and we’re ready for our next Scottish Ensemble tour. Our Love and War in Bohemia programme is coming to Inverness (21 Feb), Dundee (22 Feb), Glasgow (23 Feb), Edinburgh (24 Feb), and London (26 Feb). We’re looking forward to working again with the stunning mezzo soprano Sophie Harmsen in a programme to include Dvořák’s heartfelt Love… Read more »

Hello 2014

Happy New Year from all at SE! We ended 2013 with packed houses during our December Nordic Nights ‘Concerts by Candlelight’ tour. We enjoyed ***** and **** reviews (to view click here) and some great feedback from our audiences, which was captured in our annual audience survey. 2013 also saw SE perform 46 concerts, 5 residencies,… Read more »

Nordic Nights December 2013 Tour

Concerts by Candlelight Here at the Scottish Ensemble we’re already dusting off the candelabra and thinking about our ‘Concerts by Candlelight’ tour in December 2013.  From 6-11 December, in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Perth, Glasgow, and Edinburgh we’re performing Nordic Nights in the atmospheric surroundings of churches and cathedrals across the country. The Scandinavian theme runs throughout the December Nordic Nights programme. We begin… Read more »

City Residencies Open SE 13/14 Season

Our 2013/14 season is just about to start and we open with our second set of City Residencies in Inverness (26-29 September) and Dundee (30 September-3 October). These residencies build on the success of year one, developing the new community relationships established during the first set of residencies. Every residency builds to an SE main-stage… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble’s 2013/14 season is here!

Our 2013/14 season takes audiences on a number of exciting musical journeys around Scotland and Europe; each programme is inspired by place and musical identity. The 2013/14 year includes four major tours in Scotland, four city residencies, concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, lunchtime concerts, and chamber music performances. It also includes late-night gigs and a… Read more »

SE Shetland 2013 Residency

The Scottish Ensemble will take up a mini residency in Shetland from Wednesday 31 July to Saturday 3 August, engaging with the community in a programme of events including a silent movie screening and performance, a day of community events all around the Isles, an afternoon of ballroom dancing and tea, and culminating in a… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble 2013 China & Taiwan Tour

The Scottish Ensemble is building on its developing international reputation for music-making of the highest quality with a tour to China and Taiwan in May 2013.  From 20 – 26 May the Ensemble will travel to the Far East for concerts in prestigious venues in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, and Kaohsiung. These engagements follow a highly… Read more »

US Tour begins!

And they’re off… After much anticipation, the Scottish Ensemble musicians, Chief Executive, and Planning and Development Manager all boarded an early morning flight today, Wednesday 3 April, headed for Los Angeles! Final rehearsals for the 11-date tour of the USA with trumpeter Alison Balsom took place on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April in Glasgow, and the Ensemble were… Read more »

'La Follia' February 2013 Tour

Here at the Scottish Ensemble we’re getting ready for our first tour of 2013: ‘La Follia’. From 14-19 February we’re visiting venues around Scotland and finish the tour on 21 February at the Wigmore Hall, London. It’s a programme of insistent rhythms and catchy musical ‘ear-worms’ sure to stay with you long after the concert!… Read more »

Merry Christmas!

From all of the Scottish Ensemble team, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013 when it comes! If you’re struggling to get into the festive spirit, take a look through some photos from our recent December Tour to relive the Christmas concerts. The Scottish Ensemble office will close on the… Read more »

Big Give Thank You

The Scottish Ensemble would like to say a massive thank you to the many supporters who rose to the occasion and donated towards The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012! Thanks to the generous response from so many, the Scottish Ensemble is on track for its biggest, most important international tour to date. The ensemble players, along with Alison Balsom,… Read more »

December Tour 2012

December 2012 saw the Scottish Ensemble perform our annual concerts by candlelight in Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness.  The programme included Britten’sVariations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations arranged for string orchestra by Dmitry Sitkovetsky.  The second instalment of Martin Suckling’s Musical Postcards,  Mr Jonathan Morton, His Ground was also premiered during the December Tour.  Martin… Read more »