Scottish Ensemble Launches Latest in Musical Book Club Series

UK’s leading string orchestra, Scottish Ensemble (SE), reveals Sally Beamish as the latest classical music star to grace its Musical Book Club guest list.

Sally is one of the UK’s foremost living composers, an active violist and pianist and a regular collaborator with SE. In this special discussion event, that will take place on Wednesday 24 February at 7.30pm via Zoom, Sally will be joined in conversation by SE violinist Cheryl Crockett when she will explore her compositional process and influences through a selection of her own works and the works that inspired them.

Aimed at bringing people together to discuss powerful works of music and recapture some of the post-concert spirit that would, in more normal times, be enjoyed over post-concert drinks, each Musical Book Club attendee will receive a playlist containing recordings to be discussed on the night, along with some questions and thoughts from Sally, a week before the event.

SE Chief Executive, Jenny Jamison, said “We are thrilled to have Sally as our guest for the eighth Scottish Ensemble Musical Book Club. These events are a great way for music lovers from around the world and from a range of backgrounds to engage with each other, the ensemble and some of the UK’s most prominent musicians, while enjoying some stunning pieces of music. We all miss talking directly with people who share our interests just now, and this format allows people to do that in as intimate a setting as digital life can allow.”

Next in the Musical Book Club calendar is BBC writer and Radio 3 broadcaster Tom Service and SE cellist Naomi Pavri who will be discussing the legendary Hungarian composer György Kurtág via Zoom on Wednesday 10 March at 7.30pm. Tom Service says Kurtág’s fragments are about musical and, above all, expressive intensification: maximising the effect and impact of every note, every gesture.”

On Wednesday 14 April SE Artistic Director Jonathan Morton will be joined by Colin Currie, a solo and chamber artist at the very peak of his powers.

Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is hailed as being “at the summit of percussion performance today” (Gramophone) and is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and conductors and he performs with the world’s leading orchestras.

Together, Colin and Jonathan will reflect on music written by some of the composers with whom Colin has had long professional relationships – like Steve Reich and Sir James MacMillan – as well as composers he has premiered works for more recently – Helen Grime and Andy Akiho.

Irene Brown

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