The Scottish Ensemble is a dynamic group of twelve string soloists, formed from some of the most highly respected classical musicians in Europe. The group performs without a conductor, led from the violin by its Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. The Scottish Ensemble regularly commissions new work, plays rare and unusual pieces, and brings characteristic style and spirit to more well-known music.
The Ensemble receives invitations to perform all over the UK and internationally, and is an important musical ambassador for Scotland. Recent and forthcoming engagements include the Edinburgh International Festival; St Magnus Festival, Orkney; Aldeburgh Festival; BBC Proms; Shanghai Spring International Festival; MDR Sommerfest in Germany, and the City of London Festival.
Performing some 50 concerts a year, the Scottish Ensemble is committed to Scotland and Scottish audiences. Spearheading classical music provision, the Scottish Ensemble travels the length and breadth of the country appearing in all major towns and cities as well as in more remote areas.
The Scottish Ensemble is passionately committed to the communities in which it performs, and creates learning and participation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Education and outreach is central to the work of the Ensemble, and our award-winning Education Director, Paul Rissmann, designs an acclaimed programme of tailor-made creative workshops and concerts for schools and community groups throughout Scotland. In summer 2006, the Scottish Ensemble undertook a tour of Argyll & Bute with Carnival, a programme of workshops and performance for primary schools, and in July 2007 will give schools and family concerts at the Wigmore Hall featuring Fraser Trainer's House Monsters.
Scottish Ensemble concerts are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland, and the group received an award from Classic FM for its "outstanding contribution to classical music." The latest CD release for Linn Records features works by Benjamin Britten with tenor Toby Spence, and has received outstanding critical acclaim both in the UK and abroad.
"a revelation" The Guardian
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The Scottish Ensemble produces a recording of 'massive range of dynamics and colours'more >>HighFidelityReview.com
Toby Spence is simply mesmerizingmore >>Gramophone
the music positively glittersmore >>BBCi
dramatic and evocative performancesmore >>The Sunday Times
Owen's playing is a luxury for the earmore >>Inverness Courier
immaculate and beautifully round-toned horn-playingmore >>ClassicsToday.com
essential listening for all Britten fansmore >>Independent on Sunday
An irresistable recordingmore >>The Sunday Telegraph
a disc that no Brittten enthusiast should overlookmore >>The Daily Telegraph
plenty of chamber-like transparency to the textmore >>The Herald
spectacularly well performed and recordedmore >>The Sunday Herald
a breathtaking array of intense, precision playingmore >>Atlanta Audio Society
a beautifully honed, rich sounding, dynamic ensemblemore >>International Record Review
how they glittermore >>Musicweb-International.com
this disc [is] in a class of its ownmore >>ClassicalCDReview.com
first rate performances and stunning sonicsmore >>Classic FM
This is 21st-century Brittenmore >>BBC Music Magazine
spacious, warm soundmore >>The Scotsman
this disc screams "go out and buy me"more >>Soundstage.com
Named Best Multichannel SACD of the Yearmore >>Music Week
a richly coloured performance of Les Illuminationsmore >>The Guardian
a robustness and sense of adventuremore >>BBC Music Magazine
...thoroughly committed and convincing throughout...more >>The Scotsman
This album "offers both mystery and electrifying charm in equal measure"more >>The Sunday Herald
It is an unqualified success.more >>The Herald
...a pungent and powerful performance by Gould's elite brigademore >>The Strad
The quality of the string playing throughout is outstanding: admirably expressive, fearlessly virtuosic and surprisingly full-toned.more >>BBC Music Magazine
A fine recordingmore >>Daily Telegraph
An intense recordingmore >>The Times
...it would be difficult to think of an ensemble better suited to Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony...more >>Gramophone
An extremely moving and beautiful disc that should not be missed.more >>Classic CD
A suberb performance with outstanding playingmore >>