The Power Of Five: Notes on the programme

The Power Of Five: one of our frequent homages to the power of chamber music. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: smaller forces does not necessarily mean less power. It means hearing professional musicians and their individual instruments more closely and more directly than in an orchestral setting; it means hearing all… Read more »

Transfigured Night at Perth Concert Hall, Perth (The Herald review)

Published on Wednesday 5 September 2016 Written by Michael Tumelty It is just three weeks since the Scottish Ensemble added a few key instruments to its core strings and effectively transformed the group into a mini chamber orchestra for its last Glasgow concert, playing a range of American music. The tiniest change of instrumentation can alter… 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 »

Quintets at Mareel, Shetland (Shetland News)

Written by Alex Garrick-Wright Published on Saturday 27 February The Scottish Ensemble returned to the Mareel Auditorium on Friday night to bring us the second of their three shows in the 2015/16 Shetland Season. Jonathan Morton, Scottish Ensemble’s Artistic Director and violinist, explained to the non-music buffs that their two-viola quintet was fairly unusual, and… Read more »