Scottish Ensemble Lights Up Concerts Across Scotland This December

Scottish Ensemble (SE) will perform in some of Scotland’s most atmospheric venues this December, surrounded by soft flickering candlelight, with the return of their annual Concerts by Candlelight tour.

From Cathedrals to Kirks and during the dates 1st to the 8th December, the ensemble will visit some of the country’s finest venues across six Scottish cities: Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow. A staple of the Scottish festive calendar, Concerts by Candlelight offers an intimate evening framed by candlelight and a performance set to both inspire and uplift.

This year’s unique programme, curated by SE’s Artistic Director Jonathan Morton, will feature a wide range of musical voices, including Thomas Ades, Caroline Shaw, J.S. Bach, Edmund Finnis, Errolyn Wallen, Elizabeth Maconchy, Witold Lutoskawski, and Sally Norris.

These individual pieces have been shaped by Jonathan into journey of musical discovery featuring a prologue and epilogue by Pēteris Vasks and with Jane Atkins as soloist, which will allow audiences to enjoy a free-flowing sequence of music over the 75-minute performance.

Artistic Director of SE Jonathan Morton said We are thrilled to announce the return of Concerts by Candlelight this winter. Programming them has become a real pleasure for me, not least because of the warm and enthusiastic responses we’ve received from our audiences over the years. We know times are tough and we continue to be incredibly grateful to everyone coming with us on these often-adventurous sonic journeys – and we don’t for one moment take it for granted.”

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Thursday 1st December

St. Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen


Friday 2nd December

Inverness Cathedral, Inverness


Saturday 3rd December

St John’s Kirk, Perth


Tuesday 6th December

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh


Wednesday 7th December

Caird Hall, Dundee


Thursday 8th December

Wellington Church, Glasgow


Concerts by Candlelight programme

J.S. Bach

movements II and III from Violin Concerto in A minor

Pēteris Vasks

movements I and IV from Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra

Elizabeth Maconchy

Scherzo from Music for Strings

Witold Lutosławski

movement II from Five Folk Melodies

Caroline Shaw


Caroline Shaw The Beech Tree from Plan & Elevation

Edmund Finnis

movements II and IV from String Quartet no.2

Sally Norris

40 24 20 10

Thomas Adès

O Albion from Arcadiana

Errollyn Wallen movement I from Photography

Pieces featured in this year’s concert can be found through the Spotify playlist on the website.

Irene Brown

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