Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia (The Herald)

Written by Mary Brennan Published on Monday 16 November 2015 When live music supports dance, a dialogue of discovery comes alive between art forms and personnel – a dialogue that the Scottish Ensemble (SE) takes in fresh and invigorating directions with Goldberg Variations where the musicians don’t only play for Andersson Dance, they play with… Read more »

Critical praise and standing ovations for Swedish première performances of Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia

Dancers and musicians together on stage

We are thrilled to return from Sweden having given well-received première performances of our new collaborative performance project, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, in which Scottish Ensemble musicians are choreographed alongside five professional dancers from Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance.We performed the piece at one of Sweden’s leading contemporary dance venues, Dansens Hus… 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 »

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 Herald)

Written by Michael Tumelty Published on Sunday 15 February 2015 HERE’S an imperative for CD collectors and fans of the Scottish Ensemble. Released tomorrow is the orchestra’s first recording on Linn Records in a decade. It is a stonker, with a characteristically big-boned, confident and (under the consummately authoritative leadership of Jonathan Morton) compelling performance… Read more »

Inverness City Residency begins

Scottish Ensemble arrive in Inverness for four day residency from 21-24 Oct Scottish Ensemble arrive today in Inverness for the third of their successful (and highly enjoyable) city residencies, packing in four days of events from Tue 21 to Fri 24 October. The aim of the series is to engage the local community in each… Read more »

2012-13 Season film

Scottish Ensemble 2012-13 Season film by Hugh Carswell To celebrate the announcement of our new season we commissioned Hugh Carswell to create this gorgeous film for us. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XamaEtrjaQs&feature=plcp] Hugh came along with us on the road with us to Cockermouth, where we were performing our co-commission with Perth Concert Hall by James MacMillan, Seraph, with… Read more »