Day 166 - Scottish Ensemble at 50!
The 60's and 70's were a time of extraordinary dynamism in Scottish classical music. Following the creation of Scottish Opera by Alexander Gibson in 1962 the next new creation was Leonard Friedman's Scottish Baroque Ensemble. A brilliant group of string soloists it quickly developed a national and international reputation for brilliance and innovation. Long after Leonard departed the renamed Scottish Ensemble has completely re-invented the 13 man string orchestra while staying in touch with its wonderful core musicianship. Under the direction of Jonathan Morton it has developed a string of really exciting cross-genre projects such as a new piece around Bach's Goldberg Variations and We are in Time, an extraordinary piece of music theatre around a heart transplant which premiered in Perth in February in a very different world. Their Christmas Concerts by Candlelight are a highlight of the Perth musical calendar - whether they will be back in December this year we don't know, but after 50 years the Ensemble is still growing and thriving.
To listen to the Scottish Baroque Ensemble directed by Leonard Friedman click here
To see films about the Scottish Ensemble's work click here