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Scottish Ensemble Residencies aim to bring music, and the joy of music-making, to people who may not otherwise get to experience it, as well as providing invaluable coaching for those who need it. As with our concerts, the residency work is tailored around the needs of each location in order to make the biggest impact possible over the course of our stay.

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Wed 9 Mar

After-Hours Music and Art Promenade
The McManus – Dundee’s art gallery and museum, 7pm-8pm (6.30 doors)
Register your free ticket on Eventbrite (essential)

Immerse yourself in art and music at this special after-hours event, in which Scottish Ensemble musicians scatter themselves across the rooms of Dundee’s McManus Galleries, adding a musical layer to enhance your experience of looking at the exhibits. A welcome drink will be served on arrival.

All The Young Nudes life drawing club – featuring Scottish Ensemble
Bonar Hall, 8pm-10pm, £12
Book online through Eventbrite

Continuing with the double-sensory experiences, SE musicians will act as moving (clothed!) models at this life drawing class with a difference, playing live in order to inspire your sketching or painting. Budding artists, amateur sketchers, talented or talentless – all are welcome at this friendly, fun event. We’ll also be dropping in to some other local art classes throughout the week with the same idea of providing inspiration, before displaying the results at a temporary exhibition at Caird Hall on Friday.


Thu 10 Mar

Children’s Ward Performance at Ninewells Hospital

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A key part of our Residencies is to take music to people who might not otherwise get to hear it – hence, four of our musicians arriving at the local children’s ward with their instruments and a fun-filled ‘musical menu’ and letting the children choose what they want to hear – from film soundtracks to bits of Mozart to lively reels and jigs.

Schools’ Workshops

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Scottish Ensemble musicians lead bespoke workshops designed to help with specific music-related learning aims in primary schools, ending with one big performance for the whole school.

Coaching sessions with local Dundee orchestras

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Across the four days, SE musicians will also lead coaching sessions for groups including Dundee Symphony Orchestra (DSO), Dundee Schools Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) and Junior Strings.


Fri 11 Mar

Pop-Up Foyer Fun
Caird Hall, 6.55pm-7.15pm, free

Arrive at the concert a little earlier and offer your support to some young string musicians from local groups who will be performing in the foyer, as well as a temporary exhibition of the pieces produced at the art classes throughout the week.

South Atlantic Crossings with Gabriela Montero (piano)
Caird Hall, Dundee, 7.30pm, £12 / £5 student / Under 16s free  |  Tickets

One of South America’s most innovative performers joins us to explore what happens when the music and traditions of two different continents collides. Known for her spontaneous and expressive improvisation, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero joins us for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat major. After performing, she very often asks the audience to call out pieces and ideas for her to improvise on. Come prepared with your best challenge…


Sat 12 Mar

Lunchtime chamber music concert
Steeple Church, 1pm-2pm, £10 / £5 student (includes tea/coffee) | Tickets

Five Scottish Ensemble musicians take you from minor to major in the key of G, playing two of our favourite string quintets: Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, and Brahms’ String Quintet in G major. The lesser-heard melancholic side of Mozart provides a wonderful contrast to the near-orchestral fullness of what was intended as Brahms’ last ever work. After the performance, there will be a chance to have a chat with the musicians over a tea or coffee.

SE Scratch Workshop: Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos
Bell St Music Centre, 10am-5pm, free (open to Grade 6 and above)
Register through Scottish Ensemble – 0141 332 4747 / elaine.craig@scottishensemble.co.uk

Fancy becoming a member of Scottish Ensemble for a day? This scratch workshop is a chance to play alongside professional musicians in a relaxed, friendly environment, working towards a performance for friends and family at the end of the session. Music will include Summer and Winter from Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires and the Aria from Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No.5.


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