Nevis Ensemble – Scotland’s Street Orchestra, is different. Artistically-led by Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves, the orchestra is committed to taking music to everyone, everywhere through a programme of projects and touring. This energetic, vibrant group is equally at home in a children’s playground or hospital as it is in a supermarket, prison, museum or mountaintop.
“If there is one exciting new thing about Scotland of which they should be spreading the news, it is the Nevis Ensemble.”
Keith Bruce, The Herald
“Take the orchestra out of the concert hall, and that is when you will truly notice the real power and importance of music.”
Jenny Akroyd, saxophone
The award-winning Nevis Ensemble is different; there’s nothing else quite like it. It’s vision is ‘music for everyone, everywhere’. Artistically-led by Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves, Scotland’s first street orchestra burst into life in August 2018, and is an arts organisation with an explicit social remit at its heart: to bring the therapeutic and community- strengthening value of high-quality live orchestral music of all genres to everyone in our society.
Nevis Ensemble’s work is a tangible response to the lack of opportunities many people face in accessing quality live music, and the benefits it brings. In less than a year, the orchestra has reached 22,500 people through 130 concerts, including those facing hardships through ill-health, isolation, poverty, disability, political asylum and those whose challenges are hidden, unsupported. A carefully curated series of community- based project runs in parallel to the fast-and-furious performance schedule.
Full-scale orchestral performances of diverse, fun and high-quality music: surprising commuters first thing in the morning; entertaining residents in communities with limited arts provision; giving guerrilla-style appearances in swimming pools; generating huge public audiences in public spaces and museums; connecting with homeless asylum seekers in relaxed late-night concerts.
In 2019 Nevis will give the most extensive tour of the Hebrides by an orchestra, and in 2020 will tour five European countries, supported by The Scottish Government.
Programme to include:
Wasson Curtain Call
Copland ‘Buckaroo and Hoe Down’ from Rodeo Suite
Whitacre Lux Aurumque
Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On The Town
This jam-packed programme celebrates music from, and influenced by America, including works by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. RCS brass student Jordan Robertson will feature as trombone soloist on Cook’s Bolivar.
Fri 18 Oct / 1pm
£5 – £10.50 (£8.50 concession)
Alastair Savage (fiddle) with Alice Allen (cello)
Fiddle player Alastair Savage was born and raised in Ardrossan, on the Ayrshire coast. He attended the Douglas Academy Music School before going to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music before joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral career, he also works regularly with other groups throughout the country, both as a chamber musician and as a traditional fiddle player.
Alice Allen is from Aberdeenshire and formerly young artist in residence with the Scottish Ensemble. Now one of Scotland’s top freelance cellists, she works with many of the country’s leading performing groups including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Brodick Quartet.
They say that travel broadens the mind. For James Mackenzie, the raw and vulnerable singer/songwriter from the Scottish Highlands now calling Nurnberg his home, it’s also broadened his musical horizons.
Moving from Inverness to the continent in 2017, James has already dragged his music – achingly honest, relatable accounts of his and his loved ones’ triumphs and struggles that bypass the ears of the listener to hit them straight in the heart – across the length and breadth of Germany. Already he has played more than 100 gigs in all corners of the country, drawing appreciative crowds wherever he finds himself.
Music for the film Scapa 100 by Gemma McGregor
The Selecter have announced their 40th Anniversary Tour in 2019 with Special Guest and DJ Rhoda Dakar. The Selecter will be playing an extended, hit-rich set each night with some added live favourites and surprises. They will also be joined for a few songs by vocalist Rhoda Dakar who will also play a DJ Set to open the nights.
The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. Pauline Black is one of very few women in the 2-Tone scene – she is often referred to as the Queen of Ska. Not only a crucial figure in the music community, Black is also a published author, gifted actress and a celebrated style icon.
Alastair Savage (fiddle) and Alice Allen (cello)
For our second concert in the Hilary Rosin Coffee Concert series we see students from RCS and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance collaborate in a performance of multiple keyboards!
Sun 20 Oct / 11.30am
£5 – £10.50 (£8.50 concessions)
Mozart Fantasia in F minor
Bax Lyrical Interlude
Lutoslawski Four Silesian Melodies for four violins
Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major