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Chamber Notes

with guest director Marianne Thorsen (violin)

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Standard  £16.50
Under 26  £12.50
Student  £7
Unemployment Benefits £5
Under 16 Free
Carer Free

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Call 0131 668 2019
In person at The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG

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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 at The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG. The seating will be allocated for you when you book your ticket, do let the box office know if you have any seating preferences. There is a bar inside the venue which will be open an hour before the concert where you can find drinks and snacks, and there are plenty of restaurants nearby if you’re looking for something more substantial.

There is limited on-street parking on single yellow lines available in the evenings; please check road signs for details. The nearest car park is at 62 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh EH8 9SW. Parking 5pm-midnight costs £5. If you’re travelling by bus the best routes are 2, 3, 5, 8, 29, 30, 33, 49 with the closest stops on Clerk Street at St Patrick Square / Lutton Place.


The Queen’s Hall is accessible for wheelchair users. Please contact the box office on 0131 668 2019 if you require a wheelchair space and they will be more than happy to make arrangements. Full details about the venue’s facilities can be found on their website here.

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 Queen’s Hall also have a very good guide on their website in more detail for what to expect on your visit to this venue which can be found here.

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

The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 5 Feb 2020 at 7:30 pm

85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG