Tue 29 Sep 2015

Mozart, Madrigals and Mavericks
Mareel, 7.30pm, £15/£13 | Book online now or call 01595 745 555

Martinů     3 Madrigals for Violin and Viola, H.313
Mozart        Duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K. 423

Plus selections from…

Leonin       Organum from Viderunt Omnes [trans. Morton]
Orlande de Lassus 12 textless duets from Bicinia [trans. Morton]
J. S. Bach  15 Inventions, BWV 772-786 [arr. Ferdinand David]
Bartók        44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz. 98

SE Artistic Director Jonathan Morton is joined by SE Director Emeritus and current leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Clio Gould for a programme of violin and viola duos full of contrasts.

The programme spans sacred and secular music written for the two instruments, including the likes of Orlande de Lassus’ version of the Gregorian chant Viderunt Omnes, some of Bartok’s 44 Duos, and Mozart’s Duo for Violin and Viola in G major.

Fri 26 Feb 2016

Mareel, 7.30pm, £15/£13 | Book online now or call 01595 745 555

Mozart                         String Quintet No.4 in G minor, K516
Brahms                       String Quintet No.2 in G major, Op.111
Martin Suckling      Nocturne for Cello and Violin

G minor has long been associated, in Mozart’s work, with agitation, anguish and desperation (look to his 40th Symphony or his first Piano Quartet for evidence). This quintet is no different, sinking as it does into an out-of-character contemplative melancholy. With the addition of the extra viola adding that essential extra flesh, it’s easy to see why this and Mozart’s five other quintets are considered so spectacular, paving the way for the romantic model…

…the model that was perfected and, arguably, transcended by Brahms, whose second quintet was intended as his last ever work. His Opus 111, he claimed, had said all he could as a composer and no more works should be expected. From the rich orchestral fullness of its first movement to the Slavonic gypsy rhythms of the fourth, it’s a difficult claim to refute.

Glasgow-born composer Martin Suckling’s Nocturne is something different altogether: its feather-light, ethereal, lingering slides and tones will stay with you long after the performance ends.

Thu 21 April 2016

Violin and Cello Duos
Mareel, 7.30pm, £15/£13  | Book online now or call 01595 745 555

Violin and cello get a close up as SE’s Cheryl Crockett and Alison Lawrance perform a programme including Halvorsen’s Passacaglia for Violin and Viola, a brilliant Handel-inspired gambol across all the strings.

About the Shetland Chamber Music series


As part of its 2015-16 season, Scottish Ensemble brings three contrasting chamber music concerts to Shetland, showcasing the focused possibilities of sound that can be achieved with a smaller group of musicians.

As with our first ‘mini-residency’ on the island in 2013, this next series of concerts has been made possible by the very generous support of Inksters Solicitors, a legal firm run by Shetlander Brian Inkster, and serving the whole of Scotland.

Following these three concerts, we will return to the island in the summer of 2016 with a second and longer residency. Watch this space!

Quote-1-(long)Inksters are delighted that our partnership with Scottish Ensemble, which brought Seavaigers and a mini-residency to Shetland in 2013, has now turned into a longer term relationship for the benefit of the Shetland community. On the back of winning the Arts & Business Placemaking Award for our partnership in 2014, it is very fitting to see us cementing this and ensuring a place on Shetland for Scottish Ensemble for years to come.

Brian Inkster

Inksters Solicitors