Work & Play with Bartosz Woroch

Violinist Bartosz Woroch is a very fitting guest leader for our final tour of the 2016-17 season, a programme of Eastern European music. It’s not just because he’s Polish, but because he studied in Poland (the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, as well as Berlin University of The Arts and the Guildhall School of… 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 »

Q&A with Anna Meredith

A few years ago, Scottish Ensemble commissioned Anna Meredith, one of the most intriguing and individual composers of her generation, to write a new piece for string orchestra and electronics. The idea came from a conversation between Anna and SE Artistic Director Jonathan Morton, in which Jon was musing upon new ways of performing Vivaldi’s famous, and… Read more »

Work & Play with Gabriela Montero (piano)

  Gabriela Montero has just had her hair coloured. “I hated it!” she breathes down the phone from Barcelona, in between mouthfuls of pasta. “I was reading a book and I couldn’t concentrate as I could see my hair turning this sort of orange colour…” Thankfully, the stylist has managed to rectify the situation with more dye… Read more »

Guest Director Matthew Truscott introduces the December tour

We really are thrilled to welcome Matthew Truscott, leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and one of the regular leaders of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, as Guest Director on this year’s Christmas concert. He has put together a frankly brilliant programme which combines and links some of the most enjoyable and accomplished string pieces… Read more »