Scottish Ensemble

Scottish Ensemble is a group of outstanding musicians who champion string repertoire, crossing genres, periods and art forms to make new connections.

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Re-defining the string orchestra, Scottish Ensemble (SE) inspires audiences in the UK and beyond with vibrant performances which are powerful, challenging and rewarding experiences. The UK’s leading string orchestra is based in Glasgow and is built around a core of outstanding string players who perform together under Artistic Director Jonathan Morton.

SE is becoming increasingly known for its international collaborations with artists from other disciplines, from dance and theatre companies to visual artists. Starting in 2014, their series of annual cross-artform collaborations has so far included immersive projects with visual artist Toby Paterson (2014), Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance (2015), electronic-classical crossover composer Anna Meredith and visual artist Eleanor Meredith (2016) and pioneering Scottish theatre company Vanishing Point (2017).

SE has also commissioned new works from composers such as John Tavener, James MacMillan, Sally Beamish, Martin Suckling and Anna Meredith in recent years, as well as working with guest artists such as trumpeter Alison Balsom, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, cellist Pieter Wispelwey and violinists Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Nicola Benedetti.

Alongside performances across Scotland, SE presents an annual series of concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and has appeared at BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International, Aldeburgh and St Magnus Festivals. Recent invitations to tour abroad have resulted in engagements in Taiwan, China, Brazil, the USA and across Europe.

participating in

  • Classical:NEXT 2019
  • Classical:NEXT 2018
  • Classical:NEXT 2017
  • Classical:NEXT 2016
  • C:N NET


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