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Scottish Ensemble arrive in Inverness for four day residency from 21-24 Oct

Scottish Ensemble arrive today in Inverness for the third of their successful (and highly enjoyable) city residencies, packing in four days of events from Tue 21 to Fri 24 October. The aim of the series is to engage the local community in each city with the joy of music-making, whether through concerts, participatory events or coaching sessions.

We are delighted to have the highly acclaimed Perth-born pianistAlasdair Beatson join SE players for two chamber music concerts with performances of piano quintets, solo piano works and a work for string trio. The first, offering Dvořák and Bartók, takes place atBoat of Garten Community Hall on Tue 21 Oct, followed by an evening of Schubert and Schumann at Strathpeffer Pavilion on Wed 22 Oct – including one of Schubert’s most rarely performed concert pieces, his Sonata in A minor, D784.

On Thu 23 October, there will then be a very special chance to hear five members of SE perform unaccompanied Bach as we descend upon the wonderfully characterful Leakey’s Bookshop – Scotland’s oldest second hand bookshop, and a lovely space to spend an afternoon surrounded by books and Bach.

This year the workshops include coaching sessions for young and amateur musicians with Highland Chamber Orchestra as well asStrings Spectacular, a day of all things strings for Highland schools. Another very important part of our residencies is taking music to those who can’t necessarily travel to concert halls, and so we will also be offering short performances in the Raigmore Hospital Children’s Ward, and a series of performances care homes throughout the city.

Our stay comes to a climax on Fri 24 October with the opening night of our Mozart & Moz-art tour at the OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court, for which Alasdair Beatson will join Scottish Ensemble on stage for an invigorating evening of Classical elegance and refinement – with two very different yet equally intriguing contemporary responses. The tour continues through to Aberdeen, Perth, Edinburgh and London before a well-deserved rest for everyone involved.

We hope you can join us somewhere along the way.