National Chamber Music Day is a fabulous free event that sees ensembles performing impromptu concerts in public spaces all across Scotland, engaging with a wide range of cultures and communities and exploring Scottish traditions in music and language.
With 27 performances taking place in unusual locations from Ullapool to Galashiels, this ambitious programme is designed to get under the skin of Saturday strollers, shoppers, tourists, culturists, foodies, dancers and drinkers. It’s also a fun way to publicise the grass roots network of music clubs and societies who strive to keep great classical music alive across Scotland.
If you are heading for Edinburgh Castle, Crathes Castle or the Scottish National Portrait Gallery this weekend take some time out to absorb and admire some classical talents pitching up in those cherished sites. Acts will also be popping up in cafes for afternoon concerts with coffee and cake. Even the saloons are getting a look-in with The Monzani Trio performing in two of Glasgow’s most iconic bars – Babbity Bowsters and The Lismore.
The excellent Sirocco Winds will be playing on ferry crossings between Oban and Mull and the The Scottish Reed Trio will take on Glasgow Gurdwara and The Merchants House (also open for the public to explore as part of Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival). At 11am The Highland Collective will be playing at TESCO Inverness while 2pm sees award winning Gaelic singer and step dancer Joy Dunlop and the fantastic Brodick String Trio at Dram, Glasgow. There are oodles performances to enjoy brought to you by Enterprise Music Scotland’s network of over 70 promoters.
The day will be rounded off in spectacular fashion with a full Ceilidh featuring Concerto Caledonia and Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band whipping up a storm at the Maryhill Community Centre. It’s too much to ask for and it’s all free. Just turn up on the day. Check Enterprise Music Scotland’s web-site for details of and discover the free events nearest you.
National Chamber Music Day | Saturday September 17 | Venues – everywhere, check the web-site: www.enterprisemusicscotland.com
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