Scottish Ensemble’s Summer Playlist

Enjoy this playlist sharing some of our favourite pieces of music to listen to in the summer time.

8 June 2023

As we enjoy the Summer sunshine, and prepare for our Concerts for a Summer’s Night tour, we wanted to put together a playlist sharing some of our favourite pieces of music to listen to in the summer time.

Check out the playlist below, and read about a few of the stand out tracks and why we chose them:

Nem Vem Que Não Tem by Wilson Simonal – Chosen by Andrew Berridge – Violist

It’s just the ultimate slice of cool, I love the laid-back delivery of the lyrics and the light touch backing, also the background that feels like you’ve arrived at the perfect beach party!


Summer Wine by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – Chosen by Jenny Jamison – Chief Executive

It has a generally lazy, hazy, heady atmosphere, and definitely a sense of the heat (or wine!) blurring your senses…


Come Prima by Tony Dallara – Chosen by Stuart Burns – Head of Artistic Planning

It’s a dreamy Italian love song transporting you to hazy summer days. Also, I first heard this on a Diet Coke ad that played in every ad break of the 2017 Tour de France highlights show so I must have heard it about 80 times that summer!


Swimming Pool – Sky by Oliver Coates – Chosen by Monica Gowans – Marketing Assistant

A self-explanatory title from the cellist Oliver Coates, who not only wrote this score for Aftersun but gets credit for his links with the best sunny city in Scotland (Glasgow). He has arranged pieces for Sega Bodega, Mica Levi and many, many more.


The Peacocks by Bill Evans – Chosen by Diane Clark – Bassist

I listened to his album in August 2008 while I was patiently waiting for my second son to be born. It kept me calm!


1612 by Vulfpeck – Chosen by Chris Duffy – Marketing Officer

This song always reminds me of sitting in Kelvingrove Park as a student in the few weeks after exams, enjoying the sunshine and a few cold drinks.


Forgotten Dreams by Leroy Anderson – Chosen by Chris Gemmell – Planning & Production Officer

I challenge anyone to find a more carefree piece of music which captures the perfect lazy summer’s afternoon!


Granada by Agustin Lara – Chosen by Will Coates-Gibson – Digital Producer

Agustin Lara’s classic 1932 song ‘Granada’ immediately conjures up images of blazing Spanish heat, bullfights, and noisy city action – thanks in part to a lot of castanet action halfway through the song. Although Lara was Mexican, this song has been adopted as the official anthem of the Spanish city.

Enjoy more summer sounds at Concerts for a Summer's Night

Our annual summer concert returns in June, visiting light-filled venues in Perthshire, Strathpeffer, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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