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Scottish Ensemble is thrilled to announce the launch of The Bridge, a major new European network and three-day festival of string music in May 2020

Supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, The Bridge is a collaboration between Scottish Ensemble (UK), Ensemble Resonanz (Germany), Trondheim Soloists (Norway) and PLMF Music Trust (Estonia).

Led by these forward-thinking string ensembles and a major European music trust, The Bridge emerged from a shared belief in the importance of embracing new ways of presenting classical music in order to keep the art form vibrant and relevant to as many different people as possible – as well as an appreciation of how ambitious and innovative smaller ensembles and organisations can be in terms of instigating and championing change.

Over the course of 2 years, the groups will establish a new network of string ensembles, sharing and developing ideas around artistic innovation as well as how to diversify audiences. Then, in May 2020, the partners are delighted to announce a three-day festival celebrating music for strings. Including a major new commission to be announced, the festival will showcase the string repertoire – and classical music as a whole – through innovative and powerful live experiences.

With the backdrop of the Brexit debate and the ongoing negotiations surrounding the UK’s place in the European Union, The Bridge is a celebration of our shared cultural heritage, the ties between cultural organisations across Europe, and the importance of creativity as a powerful tool for social unity.

Further information about The Bridge and the festival of string music will follow in Spring 2019. In the meantime, you can read more about the project here. The four partners are also recruiting for a Project Manager for this project; please find more information here.

With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union