November 2011 saw an extraordinary examination of some of the most pioneering talents in American music in the 20th century. Hebrides Ensemble presented a programme which highlights the unique craftsmanship of the Ives Piano trio, The darker world of George Crumb as exemplified by the Voice of the Whale, Steve Reichs’s New York Counterpoint, and […]
Alongside the comparatively conventional Kreutzer Sonata by Janacek, and Schumann’s Liederkreis… the ensemble presented the challenging Kafka Fragmente, by Gyorgy Kurtág – featuring violinist Alexander Janiczek and talented young soprano Elizabeth Watts. The work has been described as a psychological portrait of fractured thought. The Fragments – extracted text from the verse of Franz Kafka […]
The Welsh pianist, Llŷr Williams, joins the Hebrides Ensemble in 2011 to present a Portrait of the composer, Brahms. Although a very private man, Brahms was well known for hiding away stories and messages inside the music he would create. Llŷr Williams discusses the works in the concert, the compositions of Brahms generally and about […]
Hebrides Ensemble brought Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows to a Scottish Audience for the first time. This is a challenging piece for both musicians and the soprano involved, which in this case is Claron McFadden. She explains those challenges and why she adores the work.
Hebrides Ensemble brought Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows to a Scottish audience for the first time, with the support of ECAT (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust) which was an organisation devoted to new music and finding new audiences for it. Peter Nelson from ECAT talks about this unique and challenging piece.
This Scottish premier of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows features soprano Claron McFadden, and is interlaced with Purcell’s Fantasias. Hebrides Music Director Will Conway explains how the programme was devised.
Together with ECAT, Hebrides Ensemble presented a programme of Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows and Purcell’s Fantasias, featuring the talented soprano Claron McFadden. Pulse Shadows is regarded as a highly challenging piece for musicians, the soloist and the audiences alike. Will Conway from The Hebrides Ensemble, Peter Nelson from ECAT and Claron McFadden explain why this […]
Composer James MacMillan talks about the development of his work Tuireadh which was written to commemorate those who died in the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea. The piece was played by Hebrides Ensemble as part of a rush hour concert on 27th January 2011 at St. George’s West Church in Edinburgh.
Peter Maxwell Davies’s later music powerfully evokes the isolated majesty of his Orkney island home, yet it also bears witness to his talent for friendship – to his associations, both personal and musical, with friends and supporters in Scotland and further afield.
The first disc in a new recording partnership between Hebrides Ensemble and Delphian Records presents Sir James MacMillan’s extraordinary setting – by turns intimate and dramatic – of the Resurrection story as told in St John’s Gospel.
Songs of Courtship were set to music by Bevan Baker in 1992 for the Black Isle Singers. The poems, written by Mao Shih in the 7th century BC, were translated from the Ancient Chinese in 1946 by Arthur Waley. John loved them and maintained that they had ‘a simple directness which could have been written Yesterday'.