Chinese audiences enjoy Ensemble performances

The Scottish Ensemble are just back from a whirlwind tour of China. Covering 3534km within China and reaching a total audience of 2746 over three concerts the musicians of the Scottish Ensemble had an experience they are not likely to forget! The concerts were held in three of China’s major cities; Beijing, Lanzhou (out in… Read more »

SE Inversion reviews

Our audiences loved travelling through time with us during our SE Inversion concerts in Perth, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow in April. You can read them all on our reviews page Some of our audience got in touch via Twitter too to tell us what they thought: @lynneperkins: A big #FF to @ScotEnsemble. Brilliant concert… Read more »

Jonathan Morton Takes Over

Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director curates a weekend of events at Glasgow venues Our Artistic Director Jonathan Morton is in Glasgow this weekend, Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April, for a weekend of hand-picked events at The Old Fruitmarket, CCA, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Beginning on Friday at 9.30pm, the rest of the Ensemble… Read more »

Musical Hats photos

At the end of February, 700 nursery pupils from East Ayrshire and Glasgow came along to Platform, Easterhouse to enjoy Musical Hats at Platform, Easterhouse The children had enjoyed workshops in their nurseries learning songs and finding out about the instruments of the Ensemble. At the end of the project, the children brought their musical… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble tours to China

We’ve announced details of our tour to China taking place from 11 – 15 May 2012. We’ll be performing three concerts in Beijing, Lanzhou and Shanghai with some of our favourite repertoire including the Asian performances of our 1995 commission by Sir John Tavener Tears of the Angels. You can listen to a clip from… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble on BBC Radio 3

Over the last few weeks, the Ensemble has been featured prominently on BBC Radio 3. First, the Ensemble’s Sinfonia Concertante concert with violist Lawrence Power was broadcast live from Glasgow City Halls on Thursday 23 February 2012. Lawrence and SE Artistic Director Jonathan Morton’s performance of Mozart’s glorious Sinfonia Concertante was selected as one of… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble Countdown to London 2012

We’re back out on the road this weekend performing at Christ Church, Cockermouth on Saturday 3 March and Hull City Hall on Sunday 4 March. We’ll bejoining music groups all over the country giving performances as part of Music Nation – a weekend of events devised and led by the BBC to begin the countdown… Read more »

Praise for Sinfonia Concertante

Our Sinfonia Concertante tour began on Friday 17 February with the world premiere of Luke Bedford’s Wonderful-Two Headed Nightingale. We had some great reviews in the press, and Luke’s piece has been going down well: The Herald  **** “Very rock ‘n’ roll” The Scotsman**** “Even the section [of  Symphony No. 44] Haydn chose to have played at his own funeral… Read more »

Luke Bedford wins Ernst von Siemens Foundation Composers' Prize

Composer Luke Bedford has been named as one of three recipients of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation Composers’ Prize 2012. The Scottish Ensemble has commissioned Luke to create a new work for the group as a companion piece to Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and will be giving the première performances of the new piece -Wonderful Two-Headed… Read more »

Sinfonia Concertante begins Friday 17 February

The Scottish Ensemble is off on tour again next Friday 17 February withSinfonia Concertante – concerts which showcase the distinctive voice of the viola with violist Lawrence Power. We’ll be starting at Eden Court, Inverness where the world première of Luke Bedford’sMagnificent Two-Headed Nightingale will take place. We commissioned Luke to create a new companion piece to Mozart’sSinfonia… Read more »

Seraph – new Alison Balsom CD release

featuring the Scottish Ensemble Following the tremendous success of Alison Balsom’s Italian Concertos disc, which was EMI Classics best-selling record of 2010, the superstar trumpeter’s latest release was announced today. Seraph – Trumpet Concertos, which features four works by 20th and 21st-century composers, is Balsom’s sixth recording with EMI Classics. The title work, Seraph, is dedicated to Alison by the composer, James MacMillan. Seraph was… Read more »

Scottish Ensemble Celebrate St Andrew's Day

The Scottish Ensemble is delighted to have been invited by the Scottish Government EU Office to help them celebrate their biggest event of their year – St Andrew’s Day. On Wednesday 30th November – Scotland’s National Day – the Ensemble will be performing a programme of classical and traditional Scottish music for Shona Robison MSP,… Read more »