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 »

Work & Play with Johannes Fischer

Percussionist Johannes Fischer comes with serious baggage. The sort of baggage that involves patient conversations with tour managers (“OK, so your flight case is too big for a taxi”); an invested feat of logistics to get him and his equipment on and off a flight; baggage that has violinists – maybe even double bassists –… 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 »

A Guide To… The Transfigured Night tour

Chamber music is a strange thing. It seems like it should be about paring back and cosying up – which many times, it is. It’s transportable music; a miniature orchestra in your front room; the ‘pop-up performance’ centuries before that became a thing. The sheer fact that it’s only four or five people suggests a… Read more »

On The Road… The Dundee Residency (September 2016)

Day One  Beginners’ Strings Day Sunday 4 September 2016 What a brilliant way to kick off our Dundee Residency – by getting together 70 young people, learning string instruments through the Dundee and Angus Instrumental Services and teaching them a brand new piece by composer James Redwood. The Tempest was written specifically for this purpose,… Read more »

A guide to… The American Life tour

We’ve been dotting all over the place this summer – all over Scotland, from Skye to Paxton, but also Europe, having just returned from the very successful German premiere of our contemporary dance collaboration, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (the relief that came from remembering the music and the moves for this one… 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 »