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Scottish Ensemble exploring the octets of Mendelssohn and Enescu, with guest director Marianne Thorsen

6.30pm Thursday 29 August 2019

A light supper will be served 

Advance tickets only £20

T 01880 770369 

School children have free places

This concert follows the Scottish Ensemble being in residence at Crear made possible by the extremely generous support of the Harrison family


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Mendelssohn and Enescu Octets 

Marianne Thorsen – Director/Violin

Tristan Gurney – Violin

Cheryl Crockett – Violin

Liza Johnson – Violin

Jane Atkins – Viola

Andrew Berridge – Viola

Alison Lawrance – Cello

Naomi Pavri – Cello 

Although written for just eight instruments, both Mendelssohn's and Enescu's singular octets for strings have the drama, richness and depth of a full-blown symphony.

They also make for an excellently contrasting pair. From Mendelssohn’s exuberant opening bars, we’re swept through music that is impressively complex yet captivatingly, joyously melodic throughout, whilst Enescu’s is moody, breathlessly dramatic, and, in parts, simply volcanic.

The concert is also a gentle consideration of the nuanced qualities and specific attraction of experiencing chamber music, and we're looking forward to exploring this with guest director Marianne Thorsen, former leader of the Nash Ensemble, regular guest with Trondheim Soloists, and a devoted and highly respected chamber musician.

 

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