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 »

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 »

Quintets at The Merchant’s House, Glasgow (The Herald)

Written by Keith Bruce Published on Thursday 25 February 2016 THERE was a queue down the stairs for seats at Wednesday lunchtime’s recital by a quintet from Jonathan Morton’s Scottish Ensemble, and little wonder. For all that the group is dedicated to “reinventing the string orchestra”, here just five of the players were on a… Read more »

Quintets at The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (The Scotsman)

Written by David Kettle Published on Saturday 27 February 2016 IT WAS a slimmed-down Scottish Ensemble that took to the stage of Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre – just the five of them, for a passionate programme of string quintets by Mozart and Brahms. Passionate was certainly the word – as they do in their fuller string… Read more »

Quintets at The Merchant’s House, Glasgow (The Herald)

Written by Keith Bruce Published on Friday 26 February 2016 THERE was a queue down the stairs for seats at Wednesday lunchtime’s recital by a quintet from Jonathan Morton’s Scottish Ensemble, and little wonder. For all that the group is dedicated to “reinventing the string orchestra”, here just five of the players were on a… Read more »

Easing into 2016.

A new year sounds like such a bright, fresh prospect – what a shame each year opens with January, that bleakest of months. In an effort to negate the effects of short days and cold nights, we have thrown ourselves in to planning our shiny new season, to be announced in May, and stretching from… Read more »