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Chamber Notes

with guest director Marianne Thorsen (violin)

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Standard  £14
Under 26  £12.50
Student  £7
Unemployment Benefits £5
Under 16 Free
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In person at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3NY

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Although written for just eight instruments, both of these sophisticated works have the drama, richness and depth of a full-blown symphony. They also make for an excellently contrasting pair. From Mendelssohn’s exuberant opening bars, we’re swept through music that is impressively complex yet captivatingly, joyously melodic throughout, whilst Enescu’s is moody, breathlessly dramatic, and, in parts, simply volcanic.

Guest directed by Marianne Thorsen – a passionate chamber musician – SE will explore the specific charm of seeing a small group of musicians performing live. With fewer instruments, the fabric of the music becomes more tangible, subtle shifts in mood may have a new-found presence, and pieces you think you know well might offer surprising new colours when heard live. With fewer musicians, it’s easier to follow each individual path and witness the beautiful alchemy of eight artists creating something together.

Norwegian violinist Marianne Thorsen is an acclaimed soloist and passionate chamber musician. Former leader of the Nash Ensemble, she regularly performs with Norway’s Trondheim Soloists, one of the founding ensembles of The Bridge network and festival.


Felix Mendelssohn
String Octet in E-flat major

George Enescu
Octet for Strings in C major

Venue Information

The concert will take place in the New Auditorium at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls. It will start at 6pm and finish at approximately 8pm with a 20 minute interval. Please collect your ticket from the box office before heading upstairs to the venue. Refreshments will be available from the bar and from the café downstairs. 

The closest parking facilities are in the multi-storey Concert Square Car Park on Cowcaddens Road. The venue is a very short walk from both Glasgow Queen Street train station and Buchanan Street subway station. 


The New Auditorium at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls is fully accessible. Full details about the venue’s facilities can be found on their website here, including information about parking, hearing systems, assistance dogs, and wheelchair access. To make specific arrangements, please contact the box office directly on 0141 353 8000, where a member of the team will be happy to help you. 

What to Expect

If this is your first time attending a Scottish Ensemble performance and you’re not quite sure what to expect, you may be interested in the What to Expect page on our website. 

The programme for this concert will be available online before the concert and large print and audio versions can be provided on request. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing office@scottishensemble.co.uk or by giving us a call on 0141 332 4747.

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PROGRAMME Read our guide to the concert
PLAYLIST Listen to the Youtube playlist

Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, Glasgow

Fri 7 Feb 2020 at 6:00 pm

2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY United Kingdom