Having been forced in its 50th anniversary year to abandon many of its concerts in Scotland and further afield due to the Covid lockdown, Scottish Ensemble has responded with some imaginative projects, including its Musical Book Club series featuring discussions with contemporary composers and commentators on engaging musical subjects. Sally Beamish OBE will be the latest Musical Book Club guest on Wednesday 24th February, BBC broadcaster Tom Service and Scottish Ensemble cellist Naomi Pavri will discuss works by Hungarian composer György Kurtág on Wednesday 10th March, the Ensemble’s Artistic Director joins chamber artist of the moment Colin Currie on Wednesday 14th April.
The Sally Beamish discussion will be the eighth edition of Book Club, in which she will be joined in conversation by the Ensemble’s violinist Cheryl Crockett. Sally is one of the UK’s foremost living composers, a violinist and pianist, and regular collaborator with the Ensemble, and will be exploring her compositional process and influences through a selection of her own works and the works that inspired them. The Ensemble promises some stunning pieces of music. As Jenny Jamison, its Chief Executive, says, ‘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.’