SAT 17 – TUE 20 OCT 2015

Scottish Ensemble return to Inverness and the surrounding areas for one of their SE Residencies: four days packed full of events from coaching to music-and-dance workshops to concerts, all aimed at bringing music, and the joy of music-making, to people who may not otherwise get to experience it.

Book in advance for all ticketed events at | 01463 234 234 or email if you’d like any more information.


Sat 17 Oct

Beginners Strings Day, Eden Court, 1pm-5pm, £5

A friendly, rewarding workshop for string players up to Grade 3, led by Scottish Ensemble musician Joanne Green.

This afternoon of fun-filled music-making will give young players starting out a rare opportunity to play in an ensemble with their peers. Through a variety of interactive warm-ups, games and group exercises, SE’s friendly and inspiring musicians will help everyone improve their rhythm, sound and ability to play as a team.  The day will end with an opportunity to showcase the day’s work, with an ensemble performance for friends and family.

Email to reserve your place.

SE: Back to the Bookshop, Leakey’s Bookshop, 5.30pm, £4 (incl. refreshments)

Drama students from the University of the Highlands and Islands choose excerpts from books which intrigue them, SE musicians find a bit of music that matches it, and you’ve got a miniature, hand-crafted performance in this gorgeously cosy second-hand book nirvana.

Sun 18 Oct

Music Moves workshop, Eden Court, 10am-3.30pm, £5

Led by professional dancer Hannah Venet and the musicians of Scottish Ensemble, this new workshop is a chance for  string players and dancers to explore the links between music and movement. Inspired by SE’s forthcoming cross-artform collaboration with Swedish dance company Andersson Dance (visiting Eden Court on Tue 17 Nov), the workshop will simultaneously involve a group of dancers and a group of string players.

Come along to experience new ideas to help your posture, technique and performance, plus the unique opportunity to work directly with SE’s players. Please note that spaces are limited, so please book early to avoid missing out – email to reserve your place.

Music Moves attendees will receive a discount to SE’s Goldberg Variations concert on Tue 17 Nov. Visit to learn more about the project and the ideas behind it.

Coaching and performance with Caithness Orchestra, Lyth Arts Centre, 10am-2pm (coaching) / 2.30pm-3.45pm (public performance)

Lyth Arts Centre is a small but active community in one of Scotland’s most rural locations. They have been extremely enthusiastic about welcoming some SE musicians for a short performance, and together we have built a day of activity. Following a coaching session with members of the string section of the Caithness Orchestra, the groups will then put on a public recital at 2.30pm, with Caithness Orchestra joining for a side-by-side performance of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings (movement 3).

Mon 19 Oct

Harmony Quest, OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court, 2pm, £7/£5

Join five musical characters on a fun-filled tale of adventure, friendship and sibling rivalry in which narration is brought to life by live music from Scottish Ensemble musicians. This captivating 60-minute experience is aimed at primary school children, introducing them to string instruments in a fun way by turning them into a range of characters on a musical adventure.

Timid, fearless, funny, kind… which one will your child relate to?

Tue 20 Oct

Closing concert: In Schubert’s Company with Maxim Rysanov (viola)
Eden Court, 7.30pm, £16 / £5 students / Under 16s free

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Sergey Akhunov                 6.36 in Schubert’s company
Sergey Akhunov                 Der Erlkönig
Schubert                               Arpeggione Sonata [arr. D. Tabakova]
Dobrinka Tabakova          Fantasy Homage to Schubert
Schubert                               String Quartet No. 14, “Death and The Maiden” [arr. Mahler]

Together with award-winning, Grammy-nominated British-Ukranian violist Maxim Rysanov, we explore the shifting shades of Schubert which have rippled across two centuries. Acting as a nimble showcase of the instrument’s low, velvet tones against the rarely-heard burnt caramel of its higher register, Rysanov’s performances are a welcome reminder of just how distinctive the viola can sound. Don’t miss this chance to see one of today’s most exciting strings performers in a more intimate setting.

SE Blether: Fiona Elliott on Schubert’s cultural landscape
Eden Court, 6.45pm, free with concert ticket

Join music historian Dr. Fiona Elliott for a free discussion – in both senses of the word – about the artistic and cultural world of Schubert as he wrote.