Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia premières in Sweden

Dancers and musicians together on stage

The first performances of Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia have been performed in Sweden – to standing ovations and critical acclaim. The project, a collaboration between Scottish Ensemble and contemporary Swedish dance company Andersson Dance, will be performed in the UK from Fri 13 to Sat 21 November, taking in Glasgow (13 &… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble win friends with spirited Bucharest debut (The Herald, 9/9/15)

  Written by Kate Molleson Published on Wednesday 9 September 2015 Read on The Herald website Photo: Vlad Eftenie Bucharest’s main concert hall is the Sala Palatului: a vast 1960s period piece upholstered in multiple shades of yellow and once used as the conference centre for Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime. The auditorium holds a mighty crowd of… Read more »

Job Vacancy: Project Manager

Fixed term 5-month freelance contract, with possibility of extension 3 office-based days per week (plus touring depending on candidate skills – please see job description for details) Fee dependent on experience Scottish Ensemble (SE), one of the UK’s leading ensembles, is widely recognised for its world-class performance standard and imaginative approach to artistic and creative… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble rethink their residencies (The Herald, June 2015)

Classical music writer Michael Tumelty shares his thoughts on the Scottish Ensemble residency programme in the second of a two-part commentary on the 2015-16 season in The Herald. Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Saturday 20 June 2015 Read on The Herald website The Scottish Ensemble, a 12-strong string orchestra that very much has its own niche… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble leap forward with new season programme (The Herald, June 2015)

Michael Tumelty, one of The Herald’s classical music writers, has written a wonderful outline, and a glowing endorsement, of what to expect from our recently-launched season. It’s great to see journalists and critics such as Michael not only intuitively understanding what we’re trying to do but also celebrating it. So thank you, Michael – and Ken Walton in The… Read more »

Sax Serenade with Amy Dickson, The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh (Bachtrack)

Published on Monday 23 February Written by David Smythe The Scottish Ensemble has a track record of picking really interesting artists to work with and certainly the unusual combination of classical saxophone with the Ensemble promised much more than curiosity value. Amy Dickson is a London based Australian saxophonist, twice Grammy-nominated, and a breakthrough artist… Read more »

Sax Serenade with Amy Dickson, City Halls, Glasgow (The Herald)

Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Thursday 26 February 2015 ***** A few weeks ago, while listening to the Scottish Ensemble’s electrifying new recording of Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade For Strings, there was a wee man in my head telling me that this was how they were going to do the pieces in… Read more »

RECORDING: Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich on Linn Records (Gramophone)

Written by John Worrack Published on Tuesday 30 January 2015 Coupling Tchaikovsky’s Serenade with Shostakovich’s Second Quartet seems eccentric even for an ensemble that, so the record blurb tells us, ‘habitually blends music from different ages, offering new perspectives and making unexpected connections’. Actually, it works well and is cleverly done. The performance of the… Read more »

Recording: Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich on Linn Records (The Times)

Written by Richard Morrison Published on Saturday 14 February 2015 The main interest here is Jonathan Morton’s new string-orchestra arrangement of Shostakovich’s Second String Quartet, with Morton himself leading the excellent Scottish Ensemble and playing the haunting, Jewish-inflected violin solo in the slow movement. This wartime music (1944) has an epic, tragic and at times… Read more »

Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich on Linn Records (The Telegraph)

Written by Geoffrey Norris  Published on Saturday 21 February 2015 Tchaikovsky’s oft-recorded Serenade for Strings is given fresh impetus here by the Scottish Ensemble, rich in sonority, precise in articulation, mellifluous in the flow of string textures and dynamic shading. The phrasing of the waltz is appealingly and artlessly pliable, the melodic lines of the… Read more »

Recording: Tchaikovsky/Shostakovich on Linn Records (The Observer)

Written by Fiona Maddocks Published on Sunday 22 February 2015 Built around a dozen string players, the Scottish Ensemble is a byword for vigorous music-making, combining the prowess of solo playing with the discipline of small-scale ensemble. Here they find connections and departure points in one Russian and one Soviet work. Their performance of Tchaikovsky’s smiling… Read more »