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We welcome three new members of the Scottish Ensemble team

L – R: Monica, Jo and Chris

In recent weeks we’ve said hello to not one, not two, but three new members of the office team here at Scottish Ensemble, with Jo McIntosh, Chris Gemmell and Monica Gowans all joining us. Last week they were all thrown into the thick of it with our first in-person tour since Spring 2020, Common Sound, a busy few days where we very much appreciated the extra help and skills they brought to us (not least the fact that we got the van packed quicker with more pairs of hands!). Hopefully many of you who came also had the opportunity to meet them too.

Here’s a little bit about each of them.

Jo McIntosh (centre) is our Development Lead, working with us three days a week.

We asked Jo to introduce herself:

“I have worked in the creative sector for over 20 years and have been privileged to work with many wonderful cultural organisations, including The Royal Opera House, London Sinfonietta, Luminate, as well as dance companies.

I grew up in Scotland and studied History at the University of Glasgow. Although I have spent many years in London, where I have great friendships and colleagues, I’m excited to be returning home.

In my spare time, I enjoy Pilates and singing in a choral choir.

I’m delighted to be joining Scottish Ensemble and to be playing a small part in its history. I am very much looking forward to meeting the loyal supporters at the forthcoming concerts and events.”

Chris Gemmell (right) is our Development Assistant, also with us three days a week.

I’m really excited to join the team at Scottish Ensemble and work with such inspiring musicians and artists. Having moved to Glasgow from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I’m looking forward to getting to know the city and immerse myself in Scotland’s vibrant musical culture. In my free time I’m likely to be found up a hill, in a loch, or playing the accordion with my ceilidh band.”

Monica Gowans (left) is our new Marketing Assistant, working with us four days a week.

I’m a visual storyteller with a degree in English Literature & History and a background in the creative arts. I’m interested in the collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to performance that encourages people to question elements of composition. My musical education is instructed by the likes of Laurie Anderson, Alice Coltrane, John Cage, Pamela Z and Eduard Artemyev. I’m a disability advocate and looking to encourage accessibility and diversity within the creative arts. I’m very excited to be working with Scottish Ensemble and so looking forward to meeting everyone in person!

We are thrilled to welcome all three to Scottish Ensemble and hope that they will have a chance to meet more audience members in December with our next tour – more on that very soon…