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 »

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 »

Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (The Scotsman)

Published on Saturday 18 March 2017 Written by Susan Nickalls Scottish Ensemble and Johannes Fischer rehearsing on stage at Glasgow’s Oran Mor The title “Baroque Dance Party” doesn’t quite do justice to the Scottish Ensemble’s enthralling collaboration with percussionist and composer Johannes Fischer. Following a laid-back stroll through Bach’s Air on the G String by the ensemble… Read more »

Anna Meredith, Jonathan Morton and Gareth K. Vile on Anno

Anno, as anyone following Scottish Ensemble over the past few months will be aware, is a collaboration between Scottish Ensemble and the hotly-tipped electronic-classical crossover composer Anna Meredith. We first fell in love with the piece down in London, in June 2016, when we premiered it as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival. Without wanting… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia tours Sweden

We are thrilled to return to Sweden for an eight-date tour of Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, our cross-artform collaboration with Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance. Starting in Jönköping on Monday 25 January, the tour takes in seven cities across the country including Gävle, Västerås, Kungsbacka, Vara and Malmö before concluding in Umeå with… Read more »

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (The Herald)

Written by Mary Brennan Published on Monday 16 November 2015 When live music supports dance, a dialogue of discovery comes alive between art forms and personnel – a dialogue that the Scottish Ensemble (SE) takes in fresh and invigorating directions with Goldberg Variations where the musicians don’t only play for Andersson Dance, they play with… Read more »

Critical praise and standing ovations for Swedish première performances of Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia

We are thrilled to return from Sweden having given well-received première performances of our new collaborative performance project, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, in which Scottish Ensemble musicians are choreographed alongside five professional dancers from Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance.We performed the piece at one of Sweden’s leading contemporary dance venues, Dansens Hus… 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 »

Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich on Linn Records (The Telegraph)

Written by Geoffrey Norris  Published on Saturday 21 February 2015 Tchaikovsky’s oft-recorded Serenade for Strings is given fresh impetus here by the Scottish Ensemble, rich in sonority, precise in articulation, mellifluous in the flow of string textures and dynamic shading. The phrasing of the waltz is appealingly and artlessly pliable, the melodic lines of the… Read more »

RECORDING: Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich on Linn Records (The Herald)

Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Sunday 15 February 2015 HERE’S an imperative for CD collectors and fans of the Scottish Ensemble. Released tomorrow is the orchestra’s first recording on Linn Records in a decade. It is a stonker, with a characteristically big-boned, confident and (under the consummately authoritative leadership of Jonathan Morton) compelling performance… Read more »