Scottish Ensemble tours to China

We’ve announced details of our tour to China taking place from 11 – 15 May 2012. We’ll be performing three concerts in Beijing, Lanzhou and Shanghai with some of our favourite repertoire including the Asian performances of our 1995 commission by Sir John Tavener Tears of the Angels. You can listen to a clip from… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble on BBC Radio 3

Over the last few weeks, the Ensemble has been featured prominently on BBC Radio 3. First, the Ensemble’s Sinfonia Concertante concert with violist Lawrence Power was broadcast live from Glasgow City Halls on Thursday 23 February 2012. Lawrence and SE Artistic Director Jonathan Morton’s performance of Mozart’s glorious Sinfonia Concertante was selected as one of… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble Countdown to London 2012

We’re back out on the road this weekend performing at Christ Church, Cockermouth on Saturday 3 March and Hull City Hall on Sunday 4 March. We’ll bejoining music groups all over the country giving performances as part of Music Nation – a weekend of events devised and led by the BBC to begin the countdown… Read more »

Praise for Sinfonia Concertante

Our Sinfonia Concertante tour began on Friday 17 February with the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Wonderful-Two Headed Nightingale. We had some great reviews in the press, and Luke’s piece has been going down well: The Herald  **** “Very rock ‘n’ roll” The Scotsman**** “Even the section [of  Symphony No. 44] Haydn chose to have played at his own funeral… Read more »

Luke Bedford wins Ernst von Siemens Foundation Composers' Prize

Composer Luke Bedford has been named as one of three recipients of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation Composers’ Prize 2012. The Scottish Ensemble has commissioned Luke to create a new work for the group as a companion piece to Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and will be giving the première performances of the new piece -Wonderful Two-Headed… Read more »

Sinfonia Concertante begins Friday 17 February

The Scottish Ensemble is off on tour again next Friday 17 February withSinfonia Concertante – concerts which showcase the distinctive voice of the viola with violist Lawrence Power. We’ll be starting at Eden Court, Inverness where the world première of Luke Bedford’sMagnificent Two-Headed Nightingale will take place. We commissioned Luke to create a new companion piece to Mozart’sSinfonia… Read more »

Seraph – new Alison Balsom CD release

featuring the Scottish Ensemble Following the tremendous success of Alison Balsom’s Italian Concertos disc, which was EMI Classics best-selling record of 2010, the superstar trumpeter’s latest release was announced today. Seraph – Trumpet Concertos, which features four works by 20th and 21st-century composers, is Balsom’s sixth recording with EMI Classics. The title work, Seraph, is dedicated to Alison by the composer, James MacMillan. Seraph was… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble Celebrate St Andrew's Day

The Scottish Ensemble is delighted to have been invited by the Scottish Government EU Office to help them celebrate their biggest event of their year – St Andrew’s Day. On Wednesday 30th November – Scotland’s National Day – the Ensemble will be performing a programme of classical and traditional Scottish music for Shona Robison MSP,… Read more »

TED Conference 2011

The Ensemble recently had the opportunity to join Charles Hazlewood for his presentation at the prestigious TED conference, which this year took place in Edinburgh. Charles’ talk ‘Trusting the ensemble’ explores the power of music to bring people together and to break down social barriers.  The Scottish Ensemble musicians provide the on-stage representation of this ethos. You can watch the talk… Read more »

Quicksilver – 10 April @ 3.00pm

Listen and play – a concert in two parts On Sunday 10 April we are joined by Director, Anthony Marwood in an exciting concert experience for young musicians. During the first half of the concert, there is a choice – to stay in the concert hall to hear Mendelssohn’s youthful Sinfonia No. 13 in C minor… Read more »

Performance on 3 – 2 March 2011

Our performance with Alison Balsom and the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists at Wigmore Hall last month is featured tomorrow on Radio 3 at 7.00pm. The concert includes the premiere of James MacMillan’s stunning new commission, Seraph.  You can read more about this performance in our Archive section of the website.  If you cannot catch the… Read more »

Eight Seasons CD launched in February

Our new CD, Eight Seasons, recorded at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh was released on February 1, on Signum Records. Get your copy at a shop near you or you can buy the CD direct at our forthcoming February concerts.