Scottish Ensemble Residencies aim to bring music, and the joy of music-making, to people who may not otherwise get to experience it, as well as providing invaluable coaching for those who need it. As with our concerts, the residency work is tailored around the needs of each location in order to make the biggest impact possible over the course of our stay.

Tickets for all events are available from the Midsteeple Box Office. Book online now, call on 01387 253 383 or visit in person at 1 Midsteeple, Dumfries, DG1 2BH.


Wed 25 May

Tea Dance

The Usual Place, Academy Street, Dumfries, DG1 1B
4pm-6pm (approx), £5 / £2.50 for Under 26

Scottish Ensemble performs palm court favourites from the golden age of ballroom, featuring a wide range of classics from Cheek to Cheek to Tea for Two. Everyone is welcome, whether you want to dance the afternoon away or just sit back and listen to the glorious music. There’ll be a pause for refreshments when The Usual Space’s team will serve up tea, coffee and delicious baked treats.

Thu 26 May

Care Home performances
Lochduhar Care Home (11am) and Dumfries Community Day Care Centre (1.30pm)

As part of our aim to take music out of the concert hall and into the community, two Scottish Ensemble musicians will perform a very intimate concert of duos and solo pieces in the communal area of two care centres in the Dumfries area, for anyone who lives at or drops by the facilities to enjoy.

Primary schools workshops
Partner schools to be announced

Led by a facilitator, a quartet of musicians will perform this interactive concert for primary school pupils. The 45-minute workshop is a bitesize introduction to string instruments as well as the different eras and periods of music, with Scottish Ensemble players playing extracts from Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Mozart’s Divertimento K136, Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony and Britten’s Simple Symphony, amongst other pieces.

Scottish Ensemble with Robyn Stapleton
McMillan Hall, Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart, DG8 6EQ
7.30pm, £10 / £5 for Under 26

In a special collaboration, Scottish Ensemble musicians perform alongside singer Robyn Stapleton, multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass and pianist Alistair Paterson in this concert of folk music and song, including newly arranged songs inspired by 1780s Dumfriesshire musician and collector Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe – otherwise known as C#.

Robyn is one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk singers. She was awarded the BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of 2014 award and has since performed at BBC Proms at the Park and been invited to record for Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

Fri 27 May

En Rêve
Theatre Royal, Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JH
7.30pm – 9pm (approx), £20 / £10 for Under 26

Ravel Pièce en forme de Habanera [arr. Manson]
Fauré Berceuse [arr. Manson]
Fauré Après un rêve [arr. Manson]
Debussy La Marche De La Poupée De Chiffon (Cakewalk from Children’s Corner, No.6)
Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 [arr. Morton]
Debussy Six Epigraphes Antiques [arr. Manson]
Ravel Petite symphonie à cordes [String Quartet arr. Barshai]

Evocative music from the turn of the century, painted on strings. Including Debussy’s only string quartet and Barshai’s arrangement of Ravel’s String Quartet in F major, in this beautiful patchwork of texture and colour lurks the definitive sound of a new era of imaginative music.

Sat 28 May

MusicWorks workshop

MusicWorks is the main provider of instrumental tuition in the Dumfries & Galloway council area. Every Saturday, around 80-90 children come together for group lessons and musicianship classes, including orchestral sessions as they prepare for an end-of-term concert.

Most recently, the group have been working on Greig’s In the Hall of the Mountain King. Alongside MusicWorks staff, SE musicians will spend a day with the children, helping them to prepare for a group performance for family and friends at the end of the day, looking specifically at working as a team and how to bring together each part of the orchestra to make a great sound.

We will also be working with the chamber group on the first two movements of Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, providing separate coaching for the more advanced players before a public performance at Plane Stanes, the main square in Dumfries town centre, as part of the D&G Arts Festival.

Spring Fling
Locations across Moniaive – see for details

A violinist and cellist from SE will be ‘popping up’ at this year’s Spring Fling, an annual visual arts and crafts open studios festival taking places across Dumfries & Galloway which celebrates the area’s thriving creative scene.

We will perform in three spaces, including Vaughan Trowers’ violin making studio, the Thomas Tosh cafe, gallery and homeware shop, and the studio of Alex Rigg and Florencia Garcia Chafeun, who will present a series of costume design drawings and an exhibition of photographs and film, respectively.