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When very sadly we had to cancel the remainder of our 19/20 season, we decided to take the final hurrah online instead. It would have been a very flat end to what was a fabulous celebratory 50th anniversary season if we had just left things unfinished, so the next best thing was to combine a look backwards with a celebration of what makes us who we are today.

We’ve rounded up the best of our reminiscing into one place below. Expect some behind the scenes documentaries, some beautiful live extracts…not to mention some golden oldies and the obligatory embarrassing old photos. Time to enjoy a little nostalgia – that reassuring cosy feeling!

First up…here’s the film we commissioned to kick off our celebrations at the start of this season. It captures the adventure that we hope our music-making takes our audiences on, celebrating how we use music to narrow the distance between us all. Our thought for the moment: music is a life-force.

Leonard Friedman

Leonard Friedman leading The Scottish Baroque Ensemble

 

Next we shared with you a fantastically detailed history, written by one of our valued supporters to reflect both on the orchestra’s origins and the many years it has grown and flourished since then. It is jam packed with loads of facts you may not already know!

We journeyed back to 2016 to Anno, our adventurous collaboration with one of the most inventive composers writing today, Anna Meredith. Just how well do you know that oh-so familiar Vivaldi piece?  Have an explore by checking out our mini documentary, which offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of the piece, as well as exclusive live footage from the performances, featuring our other collaborator Eleanor Meredith’s beautiful, animated artwork.

We took a look back to our Elemental concert in Glasgow’s SWG3. It was a bit of a hit! The Herald called it “one of the most thoughtful and coherent programmes of contemporary chamber music in recent history”. Take a look at some of the fabulous photos from 0405 Photography.

For our distinctive collaboration with artist Toby Paterson in 2014, 20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces & Strings, we invited you to a secret location and still can’t quite believe that you all turned up!

20th Century Perspectives

20th Century Perspectives

 

Gabriela Montero is no ordinary musician or composer. Not only is she an astoundingly charismatic artist, she is a dedicated human rights activist for her home country of Venezuela. Reflections on repression of freedom are at the heart of Babel, Gabriela’s recent work for piano and strings, which we were thrilled to commission alongside Kings Place and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in 2019. We were thrilled to share this wonderful work for the first time since its live premieres.

People always ask us if we have a recording of our Concerts by Candlelight…so this year we obliged with this gem! Here is a first look at a film from the gorgeous, meditative surrounds of St John’s Kirk, Perth in 2019.

Music can bring a special kind of joy to humans. In 2018, during our Pause project we thought about the scientific, spiritual and philosophical qualities of music. It has never been more relevant than in 2020, when the whole world has pressed pause on normal life.

Pause at West Ward Works

Pause at West Ward Works, Dundee