A Guide To… Eastern Europe Express

  The great thing about putting on a concert of music from Eastern Europe is that even the unfamiliar jumble of grouped consonants and accents makes it feel intriguing and exotic. This is, unfortunately, exactly what can also make it difficult to put on a programme of music from Eastern Europe. This is not the place… 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 »

Work & Play with Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Being apportioned twenty minutes of Alina Ibragimova‘s fleeting, shrinking, almost ephemeral spare time feels like a real honour. This is a violinist who has been playing concertos with professional orchestras since the age of six; who first played London’s Wigmore Hall before she was even a teenager; who was asked to play at Yehudi Menuhin‘s funeral; and, more… Read more »

Enjoying 2017 (with Scottish Ensemble)

January is not, traditionally, an enjoyable month for most people living in the cold, dark, wet UK. One quite simple way of battling through this, we have found, is planning things to look forward to. So, on the tenuous claim of providing some kind of service to the community, we’ve compiled a list of what… Read more »

A Guide To… Ascent: Concerts by Candlelight

Christmas is simultaneously an easy and difficult time to persuade people to come out to a concert (actually, Christmas is simultaneously an easy and difficult time, full stop). People are gathering together and making merry and whatnot, and ‘whatnot’ does often comprise music, but the demand is often for everything to be overwhelmingly festive. Cue… Read more »

Music and Mindfulness – The Beginning

You will, no doubt, have heard of mindfulness. Its various guides litter the two-for-one bestsellers’ tables as you enter Waterstones, and you can’t read an issue of any broadsheet weekend supplement without it being mentioned at least once. It’s a new life tool which, it seems, everyone has taken up. But music fans may well… 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 »

Anno with Anna and Eleanor Meredith: Day One

  Rehearsals have begun for Anno, the exciting new Scottish Ensemble and Spitalfields Music commission by classical-electronic crossover composer Anna Meredith and visual artist Eleanor Meredith. As musicians prepare to perform the piece live for the first time in London on Mon 6 and Tue 7 June, SE blogger-in-residence Rosie Davies joins the artists and crew at… Read more »