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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
Carer Free

With a free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

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In person at Aberdeen Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

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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 Aberdeen Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QS. Refreshments will be available from the Concert Bar half an hour before the performance. 

Car parking is available in Golden Square, behind the Music Hall. There is a multi-storey car park on the corner of Huntley Street and Chapel Street. Designated disabled parking places are on the opposite side to the Music Hall in Golden Square.


Aberdeen Music Hall is accessible for wheelchairs, and access to the hall can be made by ringing the doorbell at the first door on Golden Square, which leads to all areas of the building. An infra-red sound enhancement system is available for customers with impaired hearing. Headsets can be obtained from a member of Front of House Staff. Guide dogs and Hearing dogs are welcome. If you have any specific access requirements please get in touch with the box office team on 01224 641122 or email access@aberdeenperformingarts.com, where they will be happy to make arrangements.

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

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Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen

Tue 4 Feb 2020 at 7:30 pm

Union St, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS