To mark the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Scottish Ensemble, Royal Overseas League Arts and Edinburgh International Festival are collaborating on a strings project which will highlight the rich wealth of young classical talent from Commonwealth countries. This project will feature prominently at EIF in their Commonwealth strand of programming during the festival, and will culminate in a concert for double string orchestra.
The project was created in response to SE’s ambitions to mark the year of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. A conversation began with EIF about how we might work together, which subsequently led to discussion about the success of SE’s side-by-side project. The internationalisation of the side-by-side project to include emerging talent from the Commonwealth was envisaged, celebrating music-making across the countries and providing an important professional development opportunity for young musicians.
The Scottish Ensemble has a long history of successful side-by-side projects, and ROSL ARTS is the pre-eminent organisation working with young classical musicians from Commonwealth countries. The musical inspiration for the project is Tippett’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra, which will close the concert at EIF, and provides the line-up: the 14 musicians of the Scottish Ensemble will be joined by an equal line-up of 14 young Commonwealth musicians: 188.8.131.52.1
The students selected are all of the highest quality and award winning in their own right. Many of them are post graduate level and about to enter the profession. The Ensemble will be a true representation of the Commonwealth with 14 musicians from a wide variety of different commonwealth countries around the globe.
We currently have excellent representation from across the Commonwealth but would particularly welcome applications from violinists, about to embark on a professional career, with an Indian or Sri Lankan background. For more information please firstname.lastname@example.org