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Chamber Notes

with guest director Marianne Thorsen (violin)

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Until 12 noon on Mon 3 Feb 2020
Standard  £10
Concessions £9

After 12 noon on Mon 3 Feb 2020
Standard  £11
No concessions

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In person at Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

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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


This venue is accessible. Full information on the venue facilities can be found here. If you have any specific access requirements please get in touch with the venue on (08) 9231 9900.

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact the venue through the National Relay Service (NRS) www.relayservice.com.au:

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.

Delve deeper…

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

Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Mon 3 Feb 2020 at 1:00 pm

Mill Street, Perth, Scotland PH1 5HZ United Kingdom