Featuring music by Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes, Tansy Davies, György Ligeti and Dave Fennessy
Elemental centres around a new piece for harmonium, piano, fiddle and string orchestra by Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) and Kit Downes – two musicians with an embarrassment of accolades, and a taste for musical pioneering. There is no beginning fuses the visceral energy and haunting beauty of Aidan’s traditional Celtic roots with wisps of jazz, folk, ambient and classical. Surrounding it will come a clutch of contemporary works that speak to us of all things elemental – space, silence, waves and air – intertwined with melodies which echo an ancient Scotland.
The piece – and the performance – are inspired by Edwin Morgan’s 1984 poem Slate, generally accepted as a love letter to a politically- and environmentally-battered Scotland. Through music, SE, Aidan and Kit will explore themes of time, change and transformation, particularly in relation to our nation and our world; entities that, as with music, are subject to the constant processes of time. Through sound, they’ll conjure thoughts of the past, present and future of the land we all share – as well as creating a space to contemplate it.
Scottish Ensemble is Scotland’s pioneering string orchestra; a collective of outstanding musicians, championing music for strings across Scotland, the UK and the world. Celebrating 50 years, across its 2019/20 Anniversary Season SE presents thought-provoking programmes and events that cross genres, styles, musical periods and art forms to shed new light on classical music – and the many ways it can be shared.