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Common Sound

6 Music's Nemone joins Scottish Ensemble to celebrate the power of live music and shared experience.

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What’s special about live music?

Why do we gather together to listen to it?

What part does the audience play in a live performance?

Why not…just stay at home and stick a recording on?

During Common Sound we will be exploring these questions through live performance and conversation, guided by BBC 6 Music DJ and Psychotherapist Nemone.

Alongside thought-provoking words from Nemone, we’ll be playing short sets that will range from gut-wrenchingly beautiful Bach through to hypnotic Steve Reich, as well as music by Jonny Greenwood and Caroline Shaw.

As we meet again for live performance this is a timely and powerful reminder of what it means to gather, on Common Sound.


Wojciech Kilar Orawa
Jonny Greenwood Proven Lands
Steve Reich Excerpts from Triple Quartet
François Couperin Les Barricades Mystérieuses  
Peter Gregson Primary Colours
JS Bach Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott
Caroline Shaw The Orangery from Plan and Elevation
Peter Sculthorpe Estatico from Third Sonata for Strings

This 8pm performance is non-distanced. If you’d prefer a socially distanced concert please select the 6pm performance. You can read more about our safety measures at the foot of this page.


Standard £10*
Under 30s and Students £5*
Unemployment Benefits (Employment Support Allowance / Jobseekers Allowance) £5*
Carers and Children: Free with a Standard ticket.

*Booking fees may apply

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Call 0131 623 3030
In person at Assembly Roxy

Returning to Live Performance: Keeping you Safe and Comfortable

At Scottish Ensemble we believe in putting our audiences at the heart of what we do, and that’s why for these performances we’re giving you a choice of performance styles. For those who’d like a little more reassurance we are offering a 6pm socially distanced concert, at 50% of the venue capacity. For those who’d like to prioritise the atmosphere of a live concert, our 8pm concert will be non-distanced.*

Whichever performance you choose, your safety and comfort is our priority. For both performances we’ll be providing hand sanitiser and in line with Scottish government advice, we ask that you wear a face covering. In addition please be reassured that all Scottish Ensemble musicians and staff will be tested daily as well.

We hope that with these measures and with the choice of performance styles you can enjoy being back on Common Sound with us – we can’t wait to have you with us again.

*In Dundee we are only able to schedule one performance, which will be socially distanced

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Oct 2021 at 8:00 pm


2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9SU United Kingdom

0131 623 3030