Silver Screen Sounds (trailer)

Our Silver Screen Sounds tour (10-16 September 2017) features a range of evocative, emotive, dramatic and downright entertaining music from a range of films. From iconic masterpieces, such as Barber’s Adagio and Herrmann’s Psycho suite, to excerpts from the thought-provoking scores of Toru Takemitsu, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and more, this concert is a musical journey through cinema which will inspire, inform, provoke and entertain.

2017-18 Season Trailer

We’re very happy to announce our 2017-18 season programme of events, featuring concerts, collaborations and participatory community events across Scotland, London and internationally.

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Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno (documentary)

SE’s filmmaker-in-residence Hugh Carswell followed Scottish Ensemble and sisters Anna and Eleanor Meredith from London to Scotland to capture this behind-the-scenes glimpse into the genesis and creation of Anno, featuring high quality live footage from the performance.

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Ascent: Concerts by Candlelight

Scottish Ensemble returns to churches and cathedrals across Scotland in December 2016 with its much-loved annual festive tour, Concerts by Candlelight. With musicians playing by the glowing light of candles, highlights this year will include two sublime works by Vaughan Williams – his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and The Lark Ascending – as well as guest cellist David Cohen and musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland (NYOS).

Scottish Ensemble & Anna Meredith: Anno (trailer)

Anno is a new live experience for string orchestra, electronics and visuals. Co-commissioned by Scottish Ensemble and Spitalfields Music, it combines new pieces by one of the most innovative and idiosyncratic composers writing today, classical-electronic crossover talent Anna Meredith, with visuals by Eleanor Meredith and movements from Vivaldi’s instantly recognisable Four Seasons concerti. The result is an immersive audio-visual experience of a year in an hour.

American Life tour

A quick preview of Scottish Ensemble’s American Life tour (Dundee, Dumfries, Inverness, Glasgow; Sep 2016). The programme comprises a rich and varied selection of pieces, all with a connection to North America – from Philip Glass’s second string quartet, to a brand new SE commission inspired by Shaker melodies, to a touchstone of the 20th-century American canon, Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

2016-17 Season Trailer

Scottish Ensemble is excited to launch its new 2016-17 season, twelve months packed with concerts, collaborations, community events, creative learning and much more.

Highlights include concerts created alongside world-class soloists, from Alina Ibragimova to Bartosz Woroch, as well as a new commission from Anna Meredith which places Vivaldi’s infinitely famous The Four Seasons in a whole new context.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja at the Enescu Festival 2015

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja leading a performance of Brahms’ Three Choral Preludes at the Enescu Festival 2015, in which she entered the stage playing and singing, and which also featured singing from Scottish Ensemble musicians.

Kopatchinskaja also joined us as soloist in Mansurian’s Four Serious Songs.


Scottish Ensemble at the Enescu Festival 2015

Scottish Ensemble performing Silvestri’s Three Pieces for Strings, Op.4, No.2 at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest.

Joined by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as soloist, the programme also included Brahms’ Three Choral Preludes (from Op.122), Ensecu’s Intermezzi for Strings and an SE commission in the form of Petite symphonie à cordes, an arrangement of Ravel’s String Quartet in F minor by Barshai.

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia: The film

Musicians and dancers are choreographed together as one in a performance which challenges the static nature of the classical concert… This cross-artform collaboration between Scottish Ensemble and Swedish contemporary dance collective Andersson Dance is a new, 21st-century intepretation of J.S.Bach’s iconic masterpiece.

SE filmmaker-in-residence Hugh Carswell joined us along the way to create this short documentary delving into the thoughts behind the project.

After its world premiere in Sweden from 17-20 Sep, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia has been performed in the UK and Sweden.

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (trailer)

The trailer for this cross-artform collaboration between Scottish Ensemble and Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance.

Go Further

Looking to redefine the place of the string orchestra today, Scottish Ensemble perform in places from the Walt Disney Hall, New York and Wigmore Hall, London to the once-derelict Modernist hulk of the Anderston Centre in Glasgow as well as parks, shopping centres and pubs. But wherever they play, there’s a certain special quality which unites all of their concerts.

This short glimpse of Scottish Ensemble in the concert hall, from the stage and the dressing rooms, hopes to capture some of that feeling, with soloists Alasdair Beatson (piano) and Sophie Harmsen (mezzo-soprano) also sharing what it’s like to collaborate with SE.