Scottish Ensemble invited for three performances at Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
We were thrilled to be invited to perform at this year’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, in northernmost Germany. Each year the festival chooses to focus the events around a certain composer, and with their 2019 programme celebrating Bach, we were invited to treat the festival’s audience to two very different performances.
On Sunday 18 and Monday 19 August, we were re-united with Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance for Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, a tender, playful, witty re-imagining of Bach’s iconic piece for the 21st century.
Created in 2015, we’ve since toured the world with this collaboration from Shanghai Concert Hall, to the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, to the Barbican Centre in London. Watch the short behind-the-scenes documentary here.
On Tuesday 20 August, two more of our long-term collaborators – the much-acclaimed Celtic-infused duo Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (Scottish harp) – joined us for a concert in the grounds of Wotersen Manor (pictured below) that mixed some satisfying Bach, such as his Violin Concerto in A minor, with pieces infused with the Celtic sound and spirit, including Sally Beamish’s highly evocative Seavaigers, which she wrote for us to perform.