Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
with second movement by Sally Beamish
Violin Concerto in A minor
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay
Dealer In Hope
Director & Violin Jonathan Morton
Fiddle Chris Stout
Scottish harp Catriona McKay
For Scottish Ensemble’s third performance at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the string orchestra teams up with long-term collaborators Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (Scottish harp) for a programme mixing musical genres, traditions and styles.
Written centuries apart, each piece on the programme is united by an irresistible and inescapably human rhythmic drive, whether in Bach’s heavenly streams of notes, the unrelenting gusto of Bartók’s army of strings, or the rugged, haunting flicks and twists of Sally Beamish’s treacherous ocean in her concerto for fiddle, Scottish harp and string orchestra.
Scottish Ensemble is also thrilled to perform Dealer In Hope, a piece from Chris and Catriona’s latest album. With their roots in Scottish traditional music, the highly acclaimed duo have been exploring and sculpting their musical identity together for around 20 years, merging backgrounds, tradition and a fresh, experimental vision to create something of their own.
Having first worked together on Sally Beamish’s Seavaigers, commissioned and first performed by SE, Chris and Catriona, Scottish Ensemble continues to enjoy a collaborative relationship with the duo, whether performing together on stage, inspiring new compositions, or working together on musical workshops encouraging the practice of playing by ear.