The van is packed and we’re ready for our next Scottish Ensemble tour. Our Love and War in Bohemia programme is coming to Inverness (21 Feb), Dundee (22 Feb), Glasgow (23 Feb), Edinburgh (24 Feb), and London (26 Feb).
We’re looking forward to working again with the stunning mezzo soprano Sophie Harmsen in a programme to include Dvořák’s heartfelt Love Songs and sparkling arias by Handel. For the strings-only part of our concert we’re performing Suk’s sunny Serenade for Strings; a remarkable musical depiction of conflict from Biber; and Haas’ extraordinarily powerful Study for Strings.
Earlier this month we announced our return to London’s Spitalfields Festival on Wednesday 18 June. Our genre-defying programme with fiddler Chris Stout and harpist Catriona McKay includes Sally Beamish’s Seavaigers, an unusual twist on a favourite Baroque concerto, and a major new SE commission. We’ll also take the project to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Thursday 19 June.
We’re also performing as part of Classics Marathon Day, a joint orchestral project to celebrate the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday 26 July. There has never been a day like this in Glasgow – it is a feast of many flavours; Baroque splendour from The Dunedin Consort; blazing Beethoven from the SCO; intense chamber classics from Hebrides Ensemble, Indian-Scottish fusion from Red Note Ensemble, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra join forces to create a mega orchestra. The Scottish Ensemble will perform with the multi-talented Nicola Benedetti in a Tango-meets-Vivaldi programme. Tickets on sale in April and we hope you’ll join us and our orchestral partners for a day of full classical music immersion!
Full details of these performances can be found on the Concertssection of our website as booking starts.