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Chamber Notes
Scottish Ensemble Present:
Chamber Notes
  Tuesday 3 September 2019
  Marryat Hall

  Tickets: £13.00
  Tickets: £12.00 Under 26's
  Tickets: £7.00 Student
  Tickets: £5.00 Unwaged
(must show evidence of receiving jobseekers allowance)
  Tickets: Free Under 16's
(U16's must be accompanied by a paying adult)
  Tickets: Free Carers
(must be booked with paying disabled patron)

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  • Felix Mendelssohn: String Octet in E-flat major
  • George Enescu: Octet for Strings in C major

with guest director Marianne Thorsen (violin)

Although written for just eight instruments, both of these sophisticated works have the drama, richness and depth of a full-blown symphony. They also make for an excellently contrasting pair. From Mendelssohn’s exuberant opening bars, we’re swept through music that is impressively complex yet captivatingly, joyously melodic throughout, whilst Enescu’s is moody, breathlessly dramatic, and, in parts, simply volcanic.

Guest directed by Marianne Thorsen - a passionate chamber musician - at this concert Scottish Ensemble explore the specific charm of seeing a small group of musicians performing live. With fewer instruments, the fabric of the music becomes more tangible, subtle shifts in mood may have a new-found presence, and pieces you think you know well might offer surprising new colours when heard live. With fewer musicians, it’s easier to follow their individual paths and witness the beautiful alchemy of eight artists creating something together.

Norwegian violinist Marianne Thorsen is an acclaimed soloist and passionate chamber music. Former leader of the Nash Ensemble, she regularly performs with Norway’s Trondheim Soloists, one of the founding ensembles of The Bridge network and festival.

Scottish Ensemble (SE) is Scotland’s pioneering string orchestra; a collective of outstanding musicians, championing music for strings across Scotland, the UK and the world. Celebrating 50 years, across its 2019/20 Anniversary Season SE presents thought-provoking programmes and events that cross genres, styles, musical periods and art forms to shed new light on classical music - and the many ways it can be shared.