Today Scottish Ensemble announces the venue for its ambitious collaboration with visual artist Toby Paterson as the Anderston Centre. Designed by Richard Seifert and completed in 1972 it is an important Glasgow Modernist landmark.
The building was a key part of the city’s urban renewal project during the 1950s-70s but since then some elements have been demolished or replaced. 20th-Century Perspectives will take place in an abandoned section of the building not normally accessible to the general public.
In his work Toby Paterson draws on the ideas of architects who were inspired by the Modernist movement. The legacy of these ideas has had a significant impact on Glasgow’s built environment and Paterson’s work explores these, hinting at the social, economic and political principles that underpinned the movement.
Within this striking setting Scottish Ensemble will perform music that spans the 20th-century, from Elgar to Stravinsky; from Prokofiev toXenakis; from Britten to Erkki-Sven Tüür. SE’s Artistic Director Jonathan Morton is passionate about programming and performing this powerful, immediate music for strings. This project is a major part of SE’s celebration of his 10th anniversary as leader and artistic director.
Paterson will create large-scale works that reflect the bold architecture of the space and also frame the performances by SE. From within the building large windows afford a rare view of Glasgow’s architectural history: from Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson to new office buildings yet to be completed overlooking the Kingston Bridge and the M8 – another important project in the story of Glasgow’s urban renewal.