Scottish Ensemble

“A scintillation of ace soloists who combine bracing energy, flexibility and precision, breathing and moving as one." (The Observer)

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Overview

Versatile, enterprising and ambitious, the Scottish Ensemble is a tight-knit band of outstanding musicians from Scotland and across Europe who perform regularly together under Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. This increasingly adventurous group has an enviable reputation for innovative commissioning and programming, performing interesting and unusual pieces alongside more well-known music. Based in Glasgow, the Scottish Ensemble tours throughout Scotland, and appears regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, and the Edinburgh International, City of London, Aldeburgh and St Magnus festivals.

Versatile, enterprising and ambitious, the Scottish Ensemble is a tight-knit band of outstanding musicians from Scotland and across Europe who perform regularly together under Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. This increasingly adventurous group has an enviable reputation for innovative commissioning and programming, performing interesting and unusual pieces alongside more well-known music. Based in Glasgow, the Scottish Ensemble tours throughout Scotland, and appears regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, and the Edinburgh International, City of London, Aldeburgh and St Magnus festivals. 

The Scottish Ensemble has begun to increase their international touring profile in recent years with tours to China, Germany and France. HarrisonParrott is delighted to have added Istanbul, Turkey onto their list of destinations, as well as a visit in 2013 to China and Taiwan - on both occasions with award-winning trumpeter, Alison Balsom, as soloist. Recent tours include the Enescu Festival in 2015, as well as concerts in France and Turkey in 2016.

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Reviews

“The Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble, whose autumn tour diverted south to London’s Wigmore Hall, calls itself the UK’s only professional string orchestra. It might better describe itself as a scintillation of ace soloists who combine bracing energy, flexibility and precision, breathing and moving as one. Their control is phenomenal, their phrasing lean and sinewy. They can do warm and voluptuous too…”.  (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, November 2012)

“Then it was party-piece time with the Scottish Ensemble in a sizzling performance of Ravel’s String Quartet, as arranged for the group by the legendary Rudolf Barshai, with thumpingly incisive pizzicato sections, great warmth, electrifyingly edgy rhythms,

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“The Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble, whose autumn tour diverted south to London’s Wigmore Hall, calls itself the UK’s only professional string orchestra. It might better describe itself as a scintillation of ace soloists who combine bracing energy, flexibility and precision, breathing and moving as one. Their control is phenomenal, their phrasing lean and sinewy. They can do warm and voluptuous too…”.  (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, November 2012)

“Then it was party-piece time with the Scottish Ensemble in a sizzling performance of Ravel’s String Quartet, as arranged for the group by the legendary Rudolf Barshai, with thumpingly incisive pizzicato sections, great warmth, electrifyingly edgy rhythms, superb characterisation in the finale and a confidence in the Scottish Ensemble’s own delivery which seemed to transcend any acoustic limitations.” (The Herald, June 2012)

“I cannot tell you how many performances of the Trout I have heard, nor how many recordings of this towering, life-affirming masterpiece I have possessed. But I can tell you this: I have not heard such supreme sophistication of ensemble playing lavished upon the work, which was light, tight, clean and ultra-refined in its delivery.” (The Herald, May 2012)

"The Scottish Ensemble is an ideal fit for Balsom, accompanying her with equal drive and vitality. Their modern-instrument playing of baroque repertoire is increasingly distinctive; following director Jonathan Morton, they root out every aching dissonance, every tugging syncopation and every chance at dance-like buoyancy. The soloists in two Handel Concerto Grossos (Op 6 No 5 and 7) played vigorous musical one-upmanship, and the general exuberance was contagious." (The Guardian, September 2011)

"Brilliant: that’s the word for the Classical Brit Award’s Female Artist of 2009 as her trumpet glides and tootles through Italian baroque concertos originally written for violin or oboe. Two Vivaldi violin concertos yield the most excitement, but the perky selection regularly tickles the ear with catchy melodies and rhythmic fizz. The Scottish Ensemble joins the party with its own sprightly artistry." (The Times, October 2010)

“An ambitious programme, it was a most enjoyable evening.” (EdinburghGuide.com, 2009)