Bringing life and energy into your world, First Light signals our transition from darkness to brighter times. We’re delighted that Guest Director Max Baillie – who describes himself as a cross-pollinator of styles, soloist, chamber musician, improviser and member of Lodestar Trio and ZRI – will lead us on a journey through joyful, uplifting and optimistic music, bursting with luminosity.
From Jessie Montgomery’s explosive Starburst, through the tempestuousness of a new string ensemble arrangement of Haydn’s ‘Fifths’ string quartet to Vivaldi’s vivacious Concerto Grosso in G minor, the programme presents a visual and sonic dialogue between old and new, between darkness and light.
Working with Flux Video to create a striking film, we invite you to join us online to re-energise. This film was created under Covid-secure conditions in the Engine Works, Glasgow; a venue that brings the tradition of Glasgow’s proud industrial history and blends it with a modern, contemporary and visionary concept.
The premiere of this concert will take place on 29 April 2021 and you can book a ticket to view which will also give you access as many times as you wish until midnight on 7 August 2021. If you cannot attend the premiere then simply book to obtain our watch later link instead.
(If you would like to watch the concert on the same screen with other members of your family, please purchase the household ticket if you are able. Scottish Ensemble is a registered charity and all ticket purchases will go towards supporting our organisation and freelance musicians.)
Filmed at the Engine Works, Glasgow by Flux Video
DOP / Director: Richard Watson
Music Director: Max Baillie
Music Recording and Mixing: Jonathan Green
Camera Operators: Stuart Edwards, Ray Bird
Director / Violin: Max Baillie
Violin: Kate Suthers, Kana Kawashima, Tristan Gurney, Laura Ghiro, George Smith
Viola: Jane Atkins, Andrew Berridge
Cello: Alison Lawrance, Naomi Pavri
Bass: Diane Clark
Harpsichord: Jan Waterfield
Made possible with support from:
Creative Scotland | Glasgow City Council | RPS Audience Fund in association with the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity
Eternity’s Sunrise by Steve Martland
By arrangement with Schott Music Ltd.
Starburst by Jessie Montgomery
Used by permission
Max Baillie (credit Henry Kenyon)