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Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3

A magical train ride fuelled by musical steam

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A train emerges from the darkness. Passengers rest, quietly look out the windows, and dream their own worlds into existence. The landscape outside twists, turns and renews. Slowly, the hum of the urban world starts to appear.

In this 15-minute music video, the pulsing throb of the final movements of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 3 subsumes the rhythm of the train-tracks. Press play and join Scottish Ensemble and senior players from the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland on a train ride fuelled by musical steam.

This film was created in Covid-19 secure, socially-distanced conditions in autumn 2020, and will be available to view until January 2022, for free.

While free to view, this film required significant investment to create. If you enjoy the film, please consider making a donation to Scottish Ensemble here, or the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland here.

As part of our year-round work with young people, we support the next generation of pre-professional string players to explore new ways to perform and share the classical repertoire. This collaboration with NYOS gave seven young players the opportunity to experience the process of creating a short film and to be part of our cutting-edge digital work – which looks to find a new filmic language for classical music.

Supported by Creative Scotland | Glasgow City Council | Royal Philharmonic Society Audience Fund in association with the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity


Director/Animation: Sven Werner
Executive Producer: John Archer for Hopscotch Films
Producer: David Brown for Hopscotch Films
Music Director: Jonathan Morton
Director of Photography: Alan C. McLaughlin
Sound Design/Engineer: Jonathan Green
Audio Production Assistant: Sam McErlean
Editor: Lucy Armitage
Production Assistant: Kenni Campbell
Gaffer: Graham Colvan
Digital Imaging Technician: Derek Gereg
Set Construction: Allan McQuade, Neil Rutherford, Ursule Kerbedyte

Filmed at: 16 Nicholson Street Gallery, Glasgow

Scottish Ensemble Performers
Violin: Jonathan Morton, Kate Suthers, Daniel Pioro, Liza Johnson, Donald Grant, Joanne Green, Laura Ghiro
Viola: Jane Atkins, Andrew Berridge
Cello: Alison Lawrance, Robert Anderson
Bass: Diane Clark

NYOS Performers
Violin: Briona Mannion, Daniel Stroud, Sagnick Mukherjee
Viola: Gordon Cervoni, Eilidh Randall
Cello: Freya Ruuskanen
Bass: Manuel D’Amico



Thu 28 Jan 2021 at 5:00 pm