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Songs for Life with Karen Cargill

Available to watch again until 12 February 2021

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Music often marks the important moments in life. From the first lullaby a parent sings to their child, to the ‘our songs’ that transport us back to past loves, to the tender lament that celebrates a life lost – music can express the emotions that we sometimes cannot put into words.

In this special intimate filmed performance, Karen Cargill joins us for something of an emotional rollercoaster, celebrating the power of song to communicate those deepest emotions. Karen’s glorious voice and infectious personality will sweep us through songs of nature, love, childhood and loss, all framed by evocative works for strings that pack their own emotional punch.

The film also allows you to join us backstage, with glimpses of the preparation that goes into telling musical stories like these. And as for singing along with the final number: it’s optional…but encouraged.

This concert was filmed in Covid-19 secure, socially-distanced conditions in October 2020, and will be available to view for 3 months until midnight on 12 February 2021.

Featuring works by:
Walton | Mahler | Britten | Purcell | Walker | György Kurtág | Chick Corea | Beethoven | Janáček | Dvořák | Caroline Shaw


The premiere of this concert took place on 13 November 2021 but you can still book a ticket to watch online – it will be available to watch as many times as you wish until midnight on 12 February 2021.

Your link to watch will be in your confirmation from Eventbrite.

Single ticket: £10

Household ticket: £20

(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.)

Director: Miranda Stern
Director of Photography: Julyan Sinclair
Music Director: Jonathan Morton
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Green

Filmed at Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow

Mezzo-soprano: Karen Cargill
Violin: Jonathan Morton, Daniel Pioro, Liza Johnson, Kate Suthers, Tristan Gurney, Laura Ghiro, George Smith
Viola: Jane Atkins, Felix Tanner
Cello: Alison Lawrance, Naomi Pavri
Bass: Diane Clark


Fri 13 Nov 2020 at 7:30 pm

£11.37 – £22.15