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About us

SE is Scotland’s pioneering string orchestra, a collective of outstanding musicians who champion music for strings.

We regularly collaborate with musicians from other genres, artists from other forms and creative minds from non-musical disciplines, creating imaginative live events that straddle boundaries between genres. Across our 2019-20 season we’re working with a number of different artists and companies, from folk musician Aidan O’Rourke to theatre-makers Untitled Projects to social enterprise Social Bite, creating projects with a wider visual scope than simply classical musicians performing on a stage.

The role

We’re looking for someone to come and get to know us the players, the staff, and the work we make in order to capture the feel of our live productions and community events, helping us to convey what’s happening on stage, the stories behind the work, the atmosphere at events, and the responses of audiences and participants.

Working in collaboration with SE’s filmmakers and marketing team, over time, the photos captured will contribute to SE’s public brand and image.

Ideally, this would be someone skilled at both reportage-style and live event photography. Examples of settings we might be looking to capture are rehearsals and development sessions, behind-the-scenes at concerts, fundraising events and a range of community events in locations such as schools, hospitals and pubs, as well as photography of live musical performance.

However, we’re open to applications suggesting a focus on just one of these areas, depending on your skillset and interests, and welcome both early-career and more experienced photographers to apply. 


Based in Scotland (preferably Glasgow or Edinburgh, but not essential)
Owns professional camera and editing equipment and software
Able to turn around high quality images quickly after events 


Experience in working with live music / musicians / live artistic events
Interest in music and the arts

Scottish Ensemble musicians during the final ecstatic moments of music-and-dance collaboration Prelude – skydiving from a dream. Photo Louise Mather

Key facts

Working period

You would initially be covering SE’s 2019-20 Season, with events from November to June 2020, with discussion of continuation for the following seasons. The first project would take place from 9-14 November.


Along with your application please provide an indication of your daily rate. We’ll be looking to agree either a daily rate or retainer fee, and travel expenses will be met on top of this.

How to apply

Please email rosie.davies@scottishensemble.co.uk with:

(1) some examples of your work: we’d welcome either a link to your website or portfolio OR a folder of 4-5 images
(2) an indication of your daily rate or fees

Please feel free to send any other information you feel is relevant within the email, however this is not required and all applications will be considered. 

Scottish Ensemble is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. We will consider working structures to accommodate a range of personal circumstances and promote equality of opportunity between those who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not. 


Thu 17 October 2019 at 5pm

Any questions?

If you would like to discuss anything with a member of the team, please feel free to get in touch on rosie.davies@scottishensemble.co.uk or 0141 332 4747.

Scottish Ensemble violinist Daniel Pioro performing at a Maggie’s Centre in Dundee, following a music-and-mindfulness workshop. Photo Tommy Ga-Ken Wan