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Join us Live at No.40 for Sound Bites

Finally, it is time to be reunited and enjoy that warm feeling of listening to live music with others. We’re delighted to be part of the Live at No.40 cultural hub with Scottish Opera and Citizens Theatre to perform in the dedicated, safe outdoor space, and we cannot wait to welcome our audiences back. The car park at Scottish Opera’s production studios in north Glasgow will become home to a venue boasting theatre-style seating for four weeks of shows from 3 July until 1 August. Set in the same location as Scottish Opera’s production of Puccini’s La bohème last September, this year the temporary outdoor venue will seat around 150 and will follow the latest guidelines from the Scottish Government.

Sharing food together and listening to music with others are two experiences at the heart of our lives as social beings – Sound Bites connects the two worlds. Charity and social enterprise Social Bite will create a delicious, themed picnic box inspired by the music for you to enjoy as we perform in this live outdoor concert, for the first time in over a year.

We may have been separated, but during this time the unstoppable force of nature has continued its journey: that story is spectacularly told through the enduring power and high-octane energy of Vivaldi’s iconic masterpiece, The Four Seasons. It may have been written in the 1700s, but this piece speaks to the volatility and ever-changing pace of our world today with a piercing, poignant precision. We’ll enjoy an extended celebration of our sunniest season with the addition of William Grant Still’s Summerland. Join us to celebrate new beginnings and the passing of time in this special one hour performance.

Interim Chief Executive at Scottish Ensemble, William Norris, said: “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is so ever-fresh, so full of contrast, drama and energy that it seems tailor made for Scottish Ensemble’s first public performances in over a year – and we’re particularly thrilled to be performing it as part of a great example of cultural team-work, working alongside our friends at Scottish Opera and Citizens Theatre.

As ever though we’re doing things just a little differently, and are so excited to be partnering with the homelessness charity Social Bite for these performances – not only will a portion of the proceeds of every ticket purchased go to support their vital work, but they have devised a mouth-watering picnic that will pair perfectly with Vivaldi’s deliciously good music.

We can’t wait to be back on stage and seeing our audiences face to face again as part of the brilliant Live at No.40 festival – a celebration of some of the best of Glasgow’s cultural creativity.”


Performance Details:
Scottish Ensemble and Social Bite
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
18 July (12 noon and 3pm) and 19 July (4.30pm and 7.30pm)
Scottish Opera Production Studios
40 Edington Street
Glasgow
G4 9RD

10% of ticket sales will be donated to Scottish charity and social enterprise Social Bite.

Picnics are available for purchase at the time you buy your ticket – these are available in standard, vegan and veggie and there will be the option to give us additional information about dietary requirements and allergies when you book. You can if you wish just buy a ticket for the concert without a picnic. 


Opening the festival on Saturday 3 July is Scottish Opera’s brand new production of Verdi’s Falstaff, directed and designed by world-renowned Scot Sir David McVicar. An exquisite seventeenth century stage design and period costumes set the scene for a stunning production of Verdi’s comic opera, in what promises to be an evening of comedy, pathos and entertainment. During the festival, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera perform three lunchtime concerts with playful repertoire, including Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 2 and a programme of hugely entertaining music for brass and wind by Crespo, Dvořàk and Stravinsky. The festival finale is Scottish Opera’s Young Company with a production of Kurt Weill’s bold and absurd comedy The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken.

The Citizens Theatre presents The Comedy of Errors – Shakespeare’s riotous tale of mistaken identity and reunited families. Directed by Artistic Director Dominic Hill, this stripped-back, lively and colourful production will be performed by a talented ensemble. With live music and physical comedy, this farcical 90-minute show will provide a fun return to live theatre performance for audiences in Glasgow.