Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer at Caird Hall, Dundee (Bachtrack)

Published on Saturday 18 March 2017 Written by David Smythe Scottish Ensemble and Johannes Fischer rehearsing on stage at Glasgow’s Oran Mor The hard thwack of Baroque timpani is what we associate with Baroque percussion, yet the addition of other period percussion instruments is rarely heard on the concert platform. Classical Baroque, particularly if played… Read more »

Ascent: Concerts by Candlelight at Caird Hall, Dundee (The Dundee Courier review)

Published on Monday 12 December 2016 Written by Garry Fraser Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending has confounded many, myself included, by repeatedly notching the number one spot in Classic FM’s top of the pops. It’s nowhere near my top 1,000 classical favourites, but if any performance was to make me reconsider, it would with the Scottish… 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 »

American Life at Caird Hall, Dundee (The Dundee Courier)

Published on Thursday 8 September 2016 Written by Garry Fraser To kick off their new season with a programme of music from the United States – 20th Century at the earliest – had a bit of the dare devil about it for the Scottish Ensemble. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and there might have been… Read more »

American Life

Mark Stewart, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, John Adams, James Manson, Copland