World class soloist joins ensemble

The Scottish Ensemble’s £10:11/12 Season continues into 2012 with Sinfonia Concertante, a concert showcasing the distinctive voice of the viola at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee on Monday, February 20 and Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 22.

The Ensemble will be joined by unparalleled star viola player Lawrence Power on this tour, pairing with Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Morton as soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. As part of the Ensemble’s £10:11/12 Season, all tickets for these concerts are £10.

Sinfonia Concertante concerts will feature the Ensemble’s trademark blend of established classics of the string repertoire alongside new and unusual works for the unique forces of the UK’s only professional string orchestra. From Mozart, one of the early masters of chamber music, to one of the freshest voices in British composition, Luke Bedford, audiences will hear how composers across the centuries have employed the individual characteristics of the viola.

33-year old Bedford has won several major prizes for his music and is Composer in Residence at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall.

The Ensemble commissioned Bedford to create a companion piece to Mozart’s famous Sinfonia Concertante using the same forces as the earlier composer’s work. Scottish audiences will hear the very first performances of this brand new work for solo violin, solo viola, strings, oboes and horns before the piece receives its London premiere at Wigmore Hall on February 24

On his Scottish Ensemble commission, Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale Bedford says: “I am delighted to have been invited to create a new work for the Scottish Ensemble.

In particular, I am looking forward to the challenges of writing a new piece to stand alongside the work of Mozart and his Sinfonia Concertante.

The Scottish Ensemble has a strong reputation for commissioning exciting new music, and I am very proud to join the rank of contemporary composers to have had works performed by this unique group.”

Continuing the Ensemble’s tradition for bringing world-class soloists to audiences across Scotland, Lawrence Power, in high demand across the world as a solo viola player and as a chamber musician, will be joining the Ensemble on this tour.

Power will be joining Scottish Ensemble Artistic Director Jonathan Morton as soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, famous for its beautiful melodic phrases, and in Bedford’s Wonderful Two-Headed Nightingale. Power will also introduce audiences to an unfairly neglected 20th-century British composer: William Alwyn. Power will bring the idyllic pastoral scenes of Alwyn, reminiscent of contemporaries Vaughan Williams and William Walton, to life in a performance of the composer’s Pastoral Fantasia. Composed in 1939, Alwyn’s piece paints a nostalgic and poignant portrait of a landscape about to be altered forever.

The Scottish Ensemble’s £10:11/12 Season gives audiences the opportunity to experience first-class music making for the special flat-rate of £10. The Ensemble is committed to delivering first-class musical experiences to everyone, even in the current climate of economic uncertainty. Offering one of the best-value nights out available, audiences have the opportunity to try out for themselves the powerful and rewarding performances that this enterprising group is known for.