We are excited to reveal the Scottish Ensemble 15-16 season of events.
From August 2015 to May 2016, we’ve planned what we hope will be an intriguing, exciting, entertaining and enlightening journey through the string repertoire.
One of the absolute don’t-miss events has to be our second large-scale, cross-artform collaboration, Goldberg Variations. SE musicians will be choreographed alongside five dancers from Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance in a piece which blends music and movement to create a new 21st century perspective on both. Premiered in Sweden in September, it comes to the UK in November 2015 when we’ll perform for the first time in venues such as Tramway (Glasgow) and Dance City (Newcastle), as well as Inverness’ Eden Court, Aberdeen’s Music Hall and Dundee’s Caird Hall.
In December 2015, our much-loved annual Concerts by Candlelight series will be given a new lease of light (we couldn’t resist the pun) as the music of Bach, Pärt and Gubaidulina is illuminated not only by candles but additional lighting effects, designed by contemporary architecture and art collective DO Architecture with the beautiful aesthetics of the churches and cathedrals in mind. The concerts will also be directed by Matthew Truscott, who regularly leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and who will perform as soloist in two Bach concerti.
With Rysanov, in October 2015, we will look at Schubert’s circle of influence in both his own works, and the ones written two centuries later by contemporary composers such as Sergey Akhunov and Dobrinka Tabakova.
With Montero, in March 2016, fresh perspectives will be brought to the music of classical Europe and South America as the Venezuelan pianist applies her award-winning improvisational skills to Mozart’s Concerto in E flat major, as well as asking the audience to call out pieces and ideas for her to improvise around as an encore.
In May 2016, Nicola Benedetti is guest soloist at a concert at Edinburgh’s Queen Hall in May 2016, performing a programme which focuses on one of her own passions, Italian Baroque, before accompanying the group to two prestigious international dates.
A key feature throughout the whole season is SE’s continuing commitment to regional audiences, expanding its SE Residencies series with visits to the previously-unexplored territories of Mull (Aug 2015) and Dumfries (May 2016) as well as returning to Inverness (Oct 2015) and Dundee (Mar 2016). The residencies will be bolstered this season by the addition of two Immersion Days, during which SE offers extra daytime events in Inverness and Dundee in order to delve deeper into the culture surrounding the evening concert.
Thanks to a developing relationship with Shetland Arts, smaller groups of SE musicians will also perform three chamber music concerts on Shetland, including an evening of violin and viola duos by Jonathan Morton and SE Director Emeritus and current leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Clio Gould.