First Look: Production Images: Fatherland at Lyric Hammersmith

West End production of Hamilton extends booking to March 2019



Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh announced today (31 May 2018) that a new booking period for the London production of HAMILTON will go on sale onMonday 4 June 2018 at 12 noon GMT.  Tickets will then be available to be purchased for performances to Saturday 30 March 2019 via official HAMILTON ticketing channels.

HAMILTON has book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.  HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

 Full ticketing information can be found on the official website at hamiltonthemusical.co.uk which includes details of the HAMILTON West End £10 daily Lottery.  In addition, Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels for news of late release seats which may become available at short notice.   The producers ofHAMILTON are working to combat the unauthorised profiteering of third party resellers and ticket touts.  Delfont Mackintosh Theatres has pioneered for the West End a paperless ticket system for this production – HAMILTON Paperless Ticketing, powered by Ticketmaster.

HAMILTON is produced in London by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill FurmanThe Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh.


Dates                               now booking to Saturday 30 March 2019

Theatre                            Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London SW1E 5EA

Performances                    Monday – Saturday at 7.30pmThursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

                                      For Christmas schedule check website

Website                            hamiltonmusical.com/london

Social Media                      facebook.com/HamiltonWestEnd





Full tour dates announced for Dante Or Die and Chris Goode’s User Not Found 

User Not Found
User Not Found

User Not Found

It’s the moment of your death.

There’s a magic button.

Do you delete your entire online legacy?

Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else?

Dante or Die has joined forces with writer Chris Goode to examine what happens to our digital identities after we die in User Not Found.

Directed by Daphna Attias and performed by Terry O’DonovanUser Not Found will be performed in cafés around the UK and will open as part of the Traverse season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before embarking on a UK tour.

The production will preview at Ipswich, London, Derby before travelling to the Edinburgh Festival and will then embark on a ten-date tour in Autumn to Harlow, Reading, Brighton, Lincoln, Bath, Cambridge, Mansfield, Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth.

Terry and Luka were together for nine years until Luka left Terry.  Then Luka died leaving Terry as his online legacy executor.

 Through smartphones and headphones the audience becomes a fly-on-the-wall to one man faced with keeping or deleting. In a rapidly changing digital age, a story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection and the fate of our digital afterlives.

Chris Goode is recognised as one of Britain’s most innovative and ground-breaking theatre makers. Both Chris’s and Dante or Die’s acclaimed work in devised and site-specific theatre is constantly informed by the primacy of liveness, questioning the terms and conditions of the dramatic form itself for both performer and audience.

Created by Dante or Die’s Joint Artistic Directors Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan, User Not Found follows the company’s previous critically acclaimed work, including Handle With Care in collaboration with Chloe Moss, I Do staged in hotels nationwide, and La Fille à la Mode at the Theatre Royal Haymarket & National Theatre. Their production touring leisure centres, Take On Me, has recently been awarded a Strategic Touring grant from Arts Council England and will be revived across the country later this year.

Daphna Attias regularly creates nationwide tours with her celebrated dance-theatre company Peut-Être Theatre; and On The Wire, one of Terry O’Donovan’s last site-specific productions as Director, was nominated for Best Production in The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2015.

Dante or Die are collaborating with digital agency Marmelo Digital to build a bespoke app that is central to the performance. Creative technologists Luke Alexander, Abhinav Bajpai and Abigail Coe have been building the app over the past 18 months. Marmelo have previously worked with the RSC, Wayne McGregor Dance and The Old Vic.

User Not Found is the recipient of In Good Company’s mid-career artist commission and was developed with the support of ArtsDepot’s Creative Residencies, Southbank Centre, University of Reading, Roundhouse London & Stone Nest.

The production is funded by the International Music & Art Foundation, AHRC, Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund & Arts Council England.

Dante or Die presents


Created by Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan

Written by Chris Goode – Directed by Daphna Attias

Performed by Terry O’Donovan

Lighting & Set Design by Zia Bergin-Holly

Creative Technology Design by Marmelo Digital

Sound Design by Yaniv Fridel – Video Design by Preference Studio

3 to 26 August at 8pm: Traverse Festival at the Jeelie Piece Café



6th June 2018 at 6.30pm

PULSE Festival – New Wolsey Theatre – Ipswich

Tickets: 01473 295900


3 and 4th July at 5pm and 7.45pm

Roundhouse, London

Tickets: 0300 6789222


20th July at 1.45pm and 5.30pm

Departure Lounge Festival at Derby Theatre

Tickets: 01332 59 39 39


Edinburgh Festival

Jeelie Piece Cafe at 8pm

12 Leven Street,

Edinburgh EH3 9LG

Tickets: 0131 228 1404

Online: www.traverse.co.uk

 UK Tour

2 October

Harlow Playhouse

Tickets: 01279 431945


 4 October

South Street Arts, Reading

Tickets: 0188 960 6060


6 October

Brighton Dome

Presented as part of Brighton Digital Festival

Tickets: 01273 709709


 10 October

Drill Hall, Lincoln

Tickets: 01522 873894


16 October

The Edge, University of Bath

Tickets: 01225 386 777


17 October

The Junction, Cambridge

Tickets: 01223 511 511


19 October

Mansfield Old Library, Mansfield

Tickets: 01623 644 377


23 October

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

Tickets: 0116 252 2455


25 October

Pot Kettle Black Café as part of the Orbit Festival presented by HOME, Manchester

Tickets: 0161 200 1500


 27 October

New Theatre Royal Portsmouth at Canvas Coffee

Tickets: 023 9264 9000


Gate Theatre London announces season until March 2019

Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan
Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan

Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan

Following a celebrated first season with record-breaking shows, extended runs and critical success, Gate Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ellen McDougall, today announced her second season at the Notting Hill venue which goes on sale to the public on 1 June.

I’m so excited to share this new season of exceptional international plays and artists.

The intimacy of the Gate Theatre includes the audience in the conversation: this season we’ve broken bread together, learnt some Mandarin, shared difficult conversations and cups of tea, helped a mother tidy away a sea of toys and concluded with a riotous cabaret. The serious questions that underpin these shared moments in our tiny theatre relate to a recognition of our connection with each other, our basic humanity – while telling stories that grapple with a world that in so many ways distances and alienates us from those things.

As with last year, there’s no theme to the season, it’s a deliberately eclectic range of stories, perspectives, forms, artists – concluding with a brand new collaboration – this time with Shubbak. The season charts the differences and divisions between us, and the enormous lengths we go to to reach each other. All these questions I hope are felt all the more profoundly in our intimate, ever changing space.’


A Gate Young Associates Project, led by Anthony Simpson Pike

Summer 2018

‘Harambee’ (meaning ‘coming together’ in Swahili) is inspired by the rich stories from our area. Working with older members of the Notting Hill and surrounding community, it will shine a light on the vital political history of the area and its importance within the British Civil Rights movement.

From Notting Hill Carnival to the Mangrove 9 and Michael X, many of the most important moments in British Civil Rights history happened on the doorstep of the Gate Theatre.

This intergenerational exchange between our Young Company and older community members, will culminate in a public sharing of these stories this summer.

Harambee asks, what can we learn from the past and what do we want from the future?

This project is supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Arts Grants Scheme.

The Human Voice by Jean Cocteau, in a translation by Daniel Raggett

Directed by Daniel Raggett

13 September – 6 October

Press Night – 18 September

 ‘I’m whispering into your ear – and we couldn’t be further apart.’

A woman, a phone call, a final conversation.

In this extraordinary and prophetic monologue a woman fights for the person she loves. Jean Cocteau’s iconic play explores our desperate need for human relationships – and the machine that has changed them forever.

This production will present a brand new version of this classic text, 34 years since it was first produced at the Gate Theatre.

 Daniel Raggett has previously directed Senses: Hearing (Pleasance), August Town (RADA Festival), A Marked Man (Hightide Festival) and Activate (24 Hour Plays, Old Vic).  He was Associate Director on Hamlet and Mary Stuart (Almeida and West End), The Red Barn (National Theatre), 1984 (Almeida and West End), The Odyssey (Almeida Theatre), The Iliad (Almeida Theatre and British Museum) and Bad Jews (Arts Theatre).

He was staff/ resident director on Three Days in the Country (National Theatre), The Nether (Duke of York’s Theatre), A Small Family Business (National Theatre) and Assistant Director on Noises Off (Old Vic), Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath and tour), Living Everyday (24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala, Old Vic), The Alchemist (Everyman Playhouse, Liverpool), Children’s Children (Almeida Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Headlong Theatre, UK tour).

 Jean Cocteau, (1889 – 1963) was a French poet, librettist, novelist, actor, film director, and painter. Some of his most important works include the poem L’Ange Heurtebise; the play Orphée; the novels Les Enfants terribles and La Machine infernale and his surrealistic motion pictures Le Sang d’un poète and La Belle et la bête.

Thanks to the Comité Jean Cocteau.

A Small Place

Adapted from the book by Jamaica Kincaid

Directed by Anna Himali Howard

8 November – 1 December

Press Night 13 November

You emerge from customs into the hot, clean air: immediately you feel cleansed, immediately you feel blessed (which is to say special); you feel free.’

For the first time ever, Jamaica Kincaid’s searing essay about Western colonial exploitation is adapted for the stage. Fly with us to Antigua and take a closer look at the past, the present and where we really are.

Anna Himali Howard is a director and theatremaker. She was Paines Plough’s Trainee Director in 2016. She is also an Alumni Artist at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry. Her work as a Director includes Albatross by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre), Life Is No Laughing Matter by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham REP/mac Birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT).  As a theatremaker work includes Mahabharat/a  by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People’s Theatre), The Beanfield by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016).  Anna was Associate Director on Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour) and Assistant Director on Othello, directed by Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare’s Globe) and In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises) by Nina Segal, directed by Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre).

Jamaica Kincaid’s essays, stories, and novels are evocative portrayals of family relationships and her native Antigua. Moving to New York at the age of 16 she later became a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and her first book, At the Bottom of the River, a collection of short stories published in 1983, set a pattern for her later work, mixing lyricism and anger. Annie John and Lucy were autobiographical in nature with an emphasis on mother-daughter relationships and A Small Place continued her depiction of Antigua and her rage at its despoliation. Kincaid’s treatment of the themes of family relationships, personhood, and the taint of colonialism continued in The Autobiography of My Mother and My Brother, an account of the death from AIDS of Kincaid’s younger brother.  Her “Talk of the Town” columns for The New Yorker, often chronicling Caribbean Culture were collected in Talk Stories.  Later novels include Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya and See Now Then which follows the late-life dissolution of a marriage through the eyes of the jilted wife.

Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Ellen McDougall

17 January – 9 February

Press Night 22 January

“I hope you aren’t thinking that I am a) dead b) annoyed. I’m neither, but I did have flu.”

Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America’s most brilliant poets. Their friendship was messy, intense, unconventional and profound. Through their lives, they wrote over 400 letters to each other, spanning decades, continents, political eras.

These are their words.

Susan Smith Blackburn award winner Sarah Ruhl has crafted a stunning and quietly bold piece of theatre about what it means to love someone, and all the questions we regret never asking.

 Sarah Ruhl’s plays include How to Transcend a Happy MarriageFor Peter Pan on her 70th BirthdayThe Oldest BoyIn the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for best new play); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); OrlandoLate: a cowboy songDear ElizabethDead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award); Eurydice and Stage Kiss. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country and have also been produced internationally, and translated into over twelve languages. Ms. Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright award, the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur “genius” award. Her book of essays 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write was published by Faber and Faber was a Times Notable Book of the Year. She teaches at the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre.  Previous credits at the Gate include – Effigies of Wickedness (2018), The Tale of the Unknown Island (2017) and Idomeneus (2014). Other credits include a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie(Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange),  Henry the FifthNot Now BernardThe Nutcracker, Antigone and Philoctetes(Unicorn Theatre); Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre).

McDougall was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith, Associate Director at the Gate, and an Associate Artist at ATC. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott and was Director in Residence at the NT Studio. She was awarded an International Artists’ Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012; she was the runner up in the JMK Award 2008 and directed A Kind of Alaska at BAC. Her production of Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre) was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2011.

The Ridiculous Darkness

A Radio Play for the stage by Wolfram Lotz

Translated by Daniel Brunet

In a version by Anthony Simpson Pike

27 February – 23 March

Press Night 5 March

‘I ran through the darkness. Everything was very quiet. I ran and ran. It was dark, but I could orient myself. I had the feeling that everything inside of me was also very dark and calm. It was as if I was just walking inside myself.’

Ultimo has a degree in piracy from Mogadishu University of Applied Sciences. Tofdau won’t rest till his story’s told. Sergeant Pellner and Officer Dorsch are sailing up the Hindu Kush in search of Lieutenant Colonel Deutinger in the rainforest of Afghanistan. And at his parents’ home in Bad Rippoldsau, Wolfram Lotz is experiencing writer’s block.

This funny, powerful and surreal mash-up of Frances Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness invites us to rethink colonial narratives, confront our ideas of each other and question what we imagine is in the darkness.

This production is conceived and directed by the Gate Theatre’s Associate Director, Anthony Simpson Pike.

Wolfram Lotz, born in Hamburg in 1981, grew up in the Black Forest. He studied Literature, Fine Arts and Media in Konstanz before enrolling for Literary Writing at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. He writes theatre and radio plays, poetry and prose and has already been the recipient of numerous awards including the Audience Prize of the play competition at the Berlin Theatertreffen 2010 as well as the Kleist Foerderpreis 2011 for Der Grosse Marsch. The original Burgtheater production of The Ridiculous Darkness  (Die Laecherliche Finsternis) was invited to Theatertreffen Berlin as well as Muehlheimer Theatertage in 2015. Theatre Heute Magazine named him as ‘Emerging Playwright of the year’ in 2011 and ‘Dramatist of the Year’ in 2105.

Anthony is a theatre-maker and dramaturg whose directing credits include Over to You (Tamasha Theatre/Rich Mix), Dreamless Sleep (Bunker), Loyalty and Dissent (Tamasha Theatre/Rich Mix/ National Archives), Welcome to England (Young Court, Royal Court), Detox (Artistic Directors of the Future), Pandora (Peckham Pelican/Zedel/New River Studios), Coma (Southwark Playhouse), Something to Say (St James Theatre), Plunder (Fresh Direction, Young Vic), Camp (Etcetera Theatre/Bussey Building), One for the Road and New World Order (Site- specific).

His credits as assistant director include Ear for Eye directed by debbie tucker green (Royal Court), Much Ado About Nothing directed by Matthew Dunster (Shakespeare’s Globe), Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3 directed by Jo Bonney (Royal Court), and Parallel Macbeth directed by Caroline Byrne (Young Vic). Anthony trained at National Youth Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and through the Young Vic Director’s Program. He was a finalist for the JMK award in 2017. Anthony is the Associate Director at the Gate Theatre.

Shubbak @ Gate

July 2019

In a new collaboration/partnership with Shubbak – London’s largest festival of contemporary Arab Culture – we will present a programme of powerful voices from Arab theatre makers, based in the Arab region and the diaspora. Join us in July 2019 when the Gate will be home to a diverse range of ground-breaking artists, many of whose work has never been shown in the UK before.

Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) is the UK’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Shubbak takes place across London, and connects audiences and communities with the best of contemporary Arab culture through ambitious festival programmes of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature and debate.

Exciting cast and creative team announced for Aspects of Love at Hope Mill Theatre

Aspects of Love
Aspects of Love

Aspects of Love

An exciting cast and creative team has been announced for the hotly-anticipated, intimate revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic classic Aspects of Love, which opens at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester in July.

From Olivier Award nominees and West End regulars to young talent making their professional debuts – a company of 10 will be bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-admired musical to life under the direction of Hope Mill Theatre favourite Jonathan O’Boyle.

The production runs from Thursday 5 July to Thursday 9 August and is the third of five in-house musicals in 2018 from the successful and ambitious collaboration between Joseph Houston and William Whelton, co-founders of Hope Mill Theatre and producer Katy Lipson, from Aria Entertainment, resident producer and co-Artistic director of Hope Mill theatreand follows the hit revival of Spring Awakening, which played to standing ovations earlier this year.

Aspects of Love is based on the novel by David Garnett, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Hair, Pippin), and features the iconic song Love Changes Everything, which became a huge hit for Michael Ball, who starred in the original production in London and on Broadway.

It tells the story of passion, love and loss across three generations of a family and their artistic companions, against a background of 1940’s France and Italy.

 Aspects of Love was first produced at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on 17th April 1989, where it ran for 1,325 performances before finally closing in June 1992. Since then it has toured the UK and recent productions include the Menier Chocolate Factory (2010 and more recently in Holland (2013).

It has never been professionally produced regionally in the North West making the premiere of this production a landmark theatrical event in the region, and beyond, this summer.

A hugely exciting company of 10 performers has now been announced for Aspects of Love.

Making up the cast is Kimberly Blake (Half a Sixpence, Barnum) who plays Giulietta, Jason Kajdi (Our HouseAssassins), in the role of Hugo, Felix Mosse (The Rocky Horror Show) as Alex, Julia J Nagle (An American in Paris) as Elizabeth/ensemble, Minal Patel (The Secret Garden, Bend it Like Beckham) as Marcel, Jerome Pradon (Jesus Christ Superstar, Pacific Overtures – Olivier Award Nominee 2003) as George and Kelly Price (That Day We Sang, A Little Night Music – Olivier Award Nominee 2010) in the role of Rose. Making their professional debuts in the production are Rosie Cava-Beale, ensemble, Jack Churms, as Jerome/ensemble and Eleanor Walsh as Jenny/ensemble.

Director Jonathan O’Boyle’s recent credits include Pippin (Hope Mill Theatre/ Southwark Playhouse), London, Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults, London) and Resident Director of An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre, London)

The production has musical direction by Gareth Bretherton, set and costume design by Jason Denvir, choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane, Lighting design by Aaron J Dootson, sound design by Calum Robinson and casting by Jane Deitch.

Aspects of Love is produced by Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment, William Whelton and Joseph Houston of Hope Mill Theatre. And co-produced with Neil Eckersley and Jim Kierstead.

Following Aspects of Love at Hope Mill Theatre is The Return of the Soldier that runs from Thursday 6 to Saturday 29 September and A Christmas Story The Musical that runs fromFriday 26 October to Saturday 1 December.


Aspects of Love

Thursday 5 July – Thursday 9 August

Hope Mill Theatre

Hope Mill, Ancoats, 113 Pollard Street

Manchester, M4 7JA

Tickets from £16. Visit www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk

WEBSITE: www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk

FACEBOOK: Hope Mill Theatre

TWITTER: @Hopemilltheatr1 @AspectsOf_Love

Brexit Brunch and masterclass with legendary choreographer Rui Horta part of industry programme at Birmingham Intl Dance Festival

Birmingham Internatio nal Dance Festival
Birmingham Internatio nal Dance Festival

Birmingham Internatio nal Dance Festival

Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) 2018 kicks off at the end of this week, Friday 1 June.  This edition of the festival seeks to open new up conversations, provoke new thinking and provide inspiring new opportunities for artists and the public to think about dance, their lives and to consider their place in the world.

With this in mind BIDF, with funding support from Dance Hub Birmingham, is working with partners in Birmingham and the Midlands to provide inspiring programmes to bring artists and audiences together.

Paul Russ, Associate Artistic Director of Birmingham International Dance Festival said, “I’m always deeply inspired by the perspectives artists bring to conversations about how we can all consider ourselves in the world, how we can make positive contributions to making the world a more dynamic, socially conscious and open place to be”.

 The programme includes:

 Slowing & Stilling by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in partnership with Birmingham International Dance Festival. 

Mon 11 & Tue 12 June.

 Artists come together to consider the ways in which practice and process can be honoured in a time short, product obsessed culture, from delicate acts, to ferocious interventions. Drawing on Slow Movement philosophies, participating artists will think, talk, write, dance, rest and eat together.

Is it possible to imagine a future world where through their work they can all live in a slower environment with reflection, collaboration and compassion creating an alternative pace in city spaces? How does this thinking open new dialogues and thinking for their interactions with the public through the art making?

There are public activities during the two days to bring artists and public together to consider these searching questions.


SALON BHAM! – ‘What does it mean to have a lifelong career in dance?’

Weds 13 June / 9am

Co-curated by Birmingham Dance Network, DanceXchange and C-DaRE at Coventry University, SalonBham! returns to Birmingham International Dance Festival to ask the question: ‘What does it mean to have a lifelong career in dance?’

Arts professionals at any stage of their career are invited to join internationally recognised artists including Liz Aggiss, Jonathan Burrows, Wendy Houston and Kerry Nicholls, to discuss, dance and dine together while grappling with the challenges of sustainability, taking care, parenting and health.

Expect a stimulating and invigorating programme of moving, talking and sharing with a day packed full of thought provoking workshops, activities and performances.


 Workshops and Classes

BIDF offers a great variety of workshops and classes with visiting artists ranging from a morning technique class to an all-day development workshop.  14 workshops/classes, can be bought individually, or pay for a £45 pass and have access to the full professional class programme.

Highlights of the workshops and classes programme include a lecture on virtual reality with Gilles Jobin whose boundary pushing VR_1 appears at the festival this year 1-4 JuneMidlands Made (5 – 8 June) morning professional classes led by artists from Birmingham and the Midlands participating in Midlands Made programme, legendary Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta (14 June) conducts a masterclass in choreography and space; Candoco Dance Company offer a professional class on 14 June followed by a chance for more to join in a Dancers Development Day on 15 June; Australian James Batchelor workshops site specific work and ideas on Thursday 21 June.


Art 50/50 Brexit Brunch by Sky Arts and DanceXchange

Saturday 23 June /10.30am

 Presented in partnership with the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, enjoy a participatory sharing of ideas surrounding the current state Brexit  as part of Sky Arts, Art 50/50 project led by internationally renowned choreographer, Gary Clarke. Chat, mingle, eat and discuss. Brunch is included.


Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF), produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange, returns to the city from 1 – 24 June 2018.  Expect fantastic dance in the city’s theatres and a takeover of Birmingham’s streets and squares, with show-stopping free performances and opportunities to get dancing, visitwww.bidf.co.uk for the full programme.

Critically acclaimed adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic returns to Southampton

A Street Car Named Desire
A Street Car Named Desire

A Street Car Named Desire

Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ (NST) co-production of Tennessee Williams’ timeless classic A Streetcar Named Desire returns to Southampton’s brand new city centre theatre NST City for its final run on 5-16 June 2018, following a critically acclaimed UK tour spanning eight counties and reaching an audience of over 18,000 over 8 weeks.

Every man is a King. Stanley is no exception, until one summer when his sister-in-law Blanche comes to stay. Anxious, seductive and fiercely clever, Blanche is just about keeping it together. Her arrival threatens Stanley’s entire way of life. As the summer heats up, and the games turn savage, a burning desire threatens to tear their world apart.

Chelsea Walker, winner of the 2017 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, directs this bold new revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, set in modern New Orleans and featuring original music from up and coming jazz musician Nubya Garcia.

Chelsea Walker, Director of A Streetcar Named Desire said, “We’ve set our Streetcar in a contemporary New Orleans so we could explore just how it speaks to us now. I have also cast it to the characters’ ages in the script, which hopefully means an audience will be viewing some of those characters in a new light.

“The play treads a line between realism and expressionism, and I’ve pushed the expressionism to help the audience stay with Blanche… I hope Streetcar will spark debate about the world we live in now, and particularly about the way we treat people who we consider to be ‘outsiders’.”

Kelly Gough, Patrick Knowles and Amber James lead the cast, playing Blanche, Stanley and Stella, respectively. The cast also includes Nicola Agada (Women/Nurse), Will Bliss (Steve), Dexter Flanders (Mitch), Marai Louis (Eunice) and Joe Manjón (Pablo/Doctor/Paperboy).

Tickets for A Streetcar Named Desire are available from the Box Office by calling 023 80 67 1771 or online at nstheatres.co.uk.

HOME – new theatre season, Sept 2018 – Feb 2019

Walter Meierjohann
Walter Meierjohann

Walter Meierjohann

Today HOME announced an exciting new theatre programme, celebrating international artists and emerging talent, as well as developing original work in two theatre spaces.

At the heart of the new season are two fresh takes on classic texts. Premiering this September is OthelloMacbeth, a fusion of two of Shakespeare’s finest works in a bold new ensemble production. Director Jude Christiansen most recently co-directed the sell-out Royal Court production of My Mum’s a Twat, with Vicky Featherstone, as well as Lela & Co, also a Royal Court production, returns to Manchester following her work directing the Royal Exchange and Bush Theatre production of Parliament Square, and in an on-going partnership with the Lyric Hammersmith following 2017’s The Seagull. Next, a new spin on Genet’s radical, subversive and playful modern classic, The Maids, exploring the complex relationship between servant and employer – directed by Lily Sykes, who recently, at the Berliner Ensemble this year, presented an incredibly successful production of Dennis Kelly’s Girls & Boys, and not forgetting her critical and applauded work at the Schauspiel Frankfurt.

HOME continues to curate an international programme featuring some of the finest companies from around the world. Hofesh Shechter Company, who sold-out their February 2018 run at HOME, bring their brand-new production SHOW to Manchester for the first time. Ground-breaking Theatre Company 1927 also return, with their landmark production The Animals and Children Took to the Streets seamlessly blending theatre and animation.

HOME continues to offer world-class entertainment for all ages at Christmas. For 2018 it’s the hilarious music spectacular Släpstick for families and adults, and White, a magical, playful show for 2 – 4 year olds that’s perfect first-time theatre experience.

Artistic Director Walter Meierjohann said: “We want theatre at HOME to be as rich, engaging and diverse as the city we live in. My team works tirelessly to provide a programme that mixes innovative artists with timeless stories, across two theatre spaces and many vibrant festivals. Key to this are the exceptional directors and collaborators, and I’m delighted to have two of the best working with us. Jude Christian (OthelloMacbeth) and Lily Sykes (The Maids) are theatre-makers exploding the sexual politics and social hierarchies in these classic plays.”

Alongside its bold, international programme, HOME also continues its ongoing commitment to support and showcase emerging theatre makers and artists. This includes the return of PUSH Festival, Orbit 2018 and a brand-new talent development programme covering all art-forms – designed to expand the diversity of participants.

And for the first time in its three-year history, HOME will be developing a new full-scale production for the smaller, more intimate Theatre 2 space. Future Bodies, a collaboration between HOME and theatre companies RashDash and Unlimited, is a thrilling exploration of the impact of science on human development – and will also be featured as a trailblazer performance at Manchester Science Festival, 2018. It follows the huge success of Royal Exchange Associate Artists RashDash taking on Chekhov’s Three Sisters, in a reimagining of the classic play that brings women to the forefront.

Meierjohann added: “HOME is committed to developing new work and new talent. I’m incredibly proud that T2, our intimate Studio space, is forging such a reputation for both developing artists and presenting a growing audience with the best in entertaining, contemporary theatre. This collaboration with Unlimited and RashDash on Future Bodies underlines our commitment to originating the highest quality work in both of our theatre spaces.”

Edinburgh’s iconic Usher Hall announces new Sunday Classics season

(From top left clockwise: Angela Hewitt, Thomas Sanderling, Yuri Temirkanov, Marat Bisengaliev)
(From top left clockwise: Angela Hewitt, Thomas Sanderling, Yuri Temirkanov, Marat Bisengaliev)

(From top left clockwise: Angela Hewitt, Thomas Sanderling, Yuri Temirkanov, Marat Bisengaliev)

  • Edinburgh welcomes orchestras from across the world including the Symphony Orchestra of India, Japan Philharmonic and Russian Philharmonic with premiere conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Martyn Brabbins and Thomas Sanderling.

Edinburgh’s iconic Usher Hall is pleased to announce its 2018/19 Sunday Classics programme. A much-loved and integral part of the venue’s year-round schedule, the Sunday Classics concert season runs from 14 October 2018 until 16 June 2019.

Some of the world’s finest international orchestras and soloists will flock to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall to take part in this concert series. The season kicks off in October, with a visit from the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and pianist Barry Douglas, whose interpretations of Russian music are renowned, to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2, while the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra also pay Usher Hall a visit with the dazzling Angela Hewitt later in the month for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5.

The final Sunday Classics concert in 2018 is set to be a very special afternoon of music with the War Horse: The Story in Concert – Centenary Concert.Narrated by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the concert will commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The Usher Hall welcomes in the New Year with a visit from St Petersburg Philharmonic, the oldest orchestra in Russia. They bring with them the explosive pianist Freddy Kempf for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. In February virtuoso violinist Marat Bisengaliev will perform Bruch’s Violin Concertoalongside The Symphony Orchestra of India, while at the beginning of April London’s historic Royal Philharmonic Orchestra takes to the stage for a diverse programme of Vaughan William’s Fantasia, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto performed by the phenomenal Pinchas Zukerman.

The Japan Philharmonic perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 with John Lill, unanimously regarded one of the finest pianists in the world, on the keys as part of a varied afternoon of music on 14 April, and on 12 May YouTube pianist sensation Valentina Lisitsa makes a triumphant return to Sunday Classics with the Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk.

The final concert of the season takes place on 16 June with another special performance from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Ben PalmerThe Planets – An HD Odyssey will awe the audience as Holst’s beautiful and mystical suite The Planets is performed by the RSNO while a film – created in collaboration with NASA and award winning producer/director Duncan Copp – is shown on the big screen.

This multimedia event features the latest high-definition planetary images from NASA’s exploration of the solar system, made more vivid alongside the orchestra’s performance of Holst’s The Planets and is preceded by other iconic classics synonymous with the theme of Space, including Strauss’s Blue Danube Waltz (featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey) and John Williams’s iconic Star Wars theme.

Now a well-established and much-loved part of the Usher Hall’s year-round programming, the Sunday Classics season brings the world’s finest orchestras to Edinburgh. The 2017-18 season brought the likes of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Russian State Philharmonic and Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony with Bruckner Orchester Linz to name but a few. The series also sees distinguished international soloist accompany the ensembles, with last season’s guests including classical YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa and arguably the world’s greatest living violinist, Maxim Vengerov.

Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener, said: “Where better to enjoy a live symphony than a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the Usher Hall? Designed and built with classical music in mind over 100 years ago, the tradition of concert-going at Edinburgh’s most stunning indoor venue continues as strongly as ever.

“It’s a genuine pleasure to sit back in the impressive auditorium and lose yourself in the music, and this new programme of Sunday Classics will feature first-class orchestras from around the world outside the usual Festival period. Plus, with special rates for students and those out of work, and free tickets for under 16s, the Usher Hall is helping to make classical music accessible to all.”

Tickets go on sale Sunday 27 May.


Date:               Sunday 14 October 2018, 3pm

Orchestra:      Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Conductor:     Valentin Uryupin

Soloist:            Barry Douglas (piano)

Programme:   Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake Suite

Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2

Rachmaninov – Symphony No. 2


Date:               Sunday 28 October 2018, 7.30pm

Orchestra:      Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra

Conductor:     Yutaka Sado

Soloist:            Angela Hewitt (piano)

Programme:   Bernstein – On the Town: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5

Sibelius – Symphony No. 5


Date:                Sunday 18 November 2018, 3pm

Orchestra:      Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Conductor:      David Charles Abell

Narrator:        Michael Morpurgo

Programme:   War Horse: The Story in Concert – Centenary Concert


Date:               Sunday 27 January 2019, 3pm

Orchestra:      St Petersburg Philharmonic

Conductor:     Yuri Temirkanov

Soloist:            Freddy Kempf (piano)

Programme:   Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 2

Mahler – Symphony No. 4


Date:               Sunday 24 February 2019, 3pm

Orchestra:      Symphony Orchestra of India

Conductor:     Martyn Brabbins

Soloist:            Marat Bisengaliev (violin)

Programme:   Weber – Oberon Overture

Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G

Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade


Date:               Sunday 7 April 2019, 3pm

Orchestra:      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Director & Soloist:     Pinchas Zukerman (conductor and violin)

Programme:   Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Elgar Enigma Variations

Beethoven Violin Concerto


Date:               Sunday 14 April 2019, 3pm

Orchestra:      Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor:     Pietari Inkinen

Soloist:            John Lill (piano)

Programme:   Rautavaara – Opener

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3

Takemitsu – Requiem for Strings

Sibelius – Symphony No. 2



Date:               Sunday 12 May 2019, 3pm

Orchestra:      Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk

Conductor:     Thomas Sanderling

Soloist:            Valentina Lisitsa (piano)

Programme:   Rimsky Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol

Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Variations

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition


Date:               Sunday 16 June 2019, 3pm

Orchestra:      Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Conductor:     Ben Palmer

Programme:        The Planets – An HD Odyssey:

Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra (opening)

Johann Strauss II Blue Danube Waltz

J S Bach (orch. Stokowski) Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Beethoven Symphony No. 7 (2nd movement)

Williams Main Theme from Star Wars

Holst The Planets

Scottish Ensemble reveals its 2018/19 season

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia with Andersson Dance in 2015
Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia with Andersson Dance in 2015

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia with Andersson Dance in 2015

  • 3 cross artform collaborations accumulate in this season, including a world premiere.
  • Collaborators include Gabriela Montero, Sean Shibe, Matthew Hunt, Keyvan Chemirani and Bijan Chemirani (Persian percussion), Sokratis Sinopoulos (Lyra fiddle), Andersson Dance, Anna Meredith and Eleanor Meredith
  • Maggie’s centre partnership and Residency on Demand continue emphasis on community engagement and development of young audiences.
  • International touring continues in 2018/19

Season overview

Scottish Ensemble (SE) has revealed the details of its new season, which will be announced to the public on Friday 25 May 2018, and which marks the next step in SE’s evolution over the past few years.

The 2018-19 season continues the group’s work of delivering distinctive performances, engaging live experiences, and integrated community and creative learning activities that not only champion music written for strings, but aim to diversify its audiences, bringing classical music to as many different people as possible.

One of the main ways the group has done this is through the development of its collaborative programming. Since its 2014 project 20th-Century Perspectives, performed at the previously-derelict Anderston Centre in Glasgow, SE has presented one major cross-artform project a year, creating collaborations that have incorporated visual art, contemporary dance, and theatre. As well as garnering critical acclaim, this collaborative way of working has developed not only the artistic practice of its musicians, but the breadth and diversity of its audience.

In 2018, at the beginning of the company’s next three-year plan, SE has developed this approach even further, with all events falling into one of four strands based around meaningful collaborative work, not only making connections across genres, art forms and disciplines, but developing its artists and audiences.

Artistic Director Jonathan Morton said:

“For the past year (and more!), myself and the SE team have spent much time intensively planning and shaping the events for this new season. It’s with genuine excitement that we can now share the results with our audience, at the same time as taking a step back to see this varied range of events as a whole. Each event as part of our new season has been conceived and developed with the spirit of collaboration at its heart. Whilst this ethos has been increasingly infusing our work across the past four years, it’s rewarding to see this creative spark linking all events of the 2018-19 season.

Whether we’re working with high-profile classical soloists, renowned musicians from other traditions, companies from other artistic fields or members of the community, we won’t be working alone. It’s a season of creative partnership, developing ideas, artistic practices and engagement on both sides – as well as, we hope, amongst the audiences who come to share or participate in these experiences.”

Collaborative programming


Connecting music with other art forms

  • In November 2018, SE will premiere a major new cross-artform collaboration with Swedish contemporary dance company Andersson Dance, Prelude – skydiving from a dream. Centred around the live performance of rich and fascinating works by Bach, Beethoven and Lutoslawski, Prelude – skydiving from a dream will fuse music and movement, musician and dancer, blurring the boundaries and roles of both.
  • This new collaboration follows the international success of the companies’ 2015 collaboration, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia, a project which this season receives its London premiere at The Barbican Centre, with three performances at this internationally-renowned hub for contemporary arts.
  • SE will also perform Anno, its 2016 collaboration with electronic-classical crossover composer and producer Anna Meredith and visual artist Eleanor Meredith, at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Made In Scotland showcase. With two other performances at Edinburgh International Festival, Anna Meredith is set to be one of the most talked-about artists in the city in August, and SE is thrilled that Anno will receive its premiere performance at the annual festival.

Developing soloists

An opportunity for leading classical artists to work in a radical new way

  • As part of this new programming strand, SE will seek out and work with artists with a similar ethos to the group who wish to explore the boundaries and parameters of what a classical concert can be, giving leading soloists the chance to explore their practice in creative ways.
  • In February 2019, SE will collaborate with the internationally in-demand pianist, composer and improviser Gabriela Montero on a project which explores the idea of music with a message. The performances will be centred around Babel, a new co-commission by Scottish Ensemble, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (USA) and Kings Place (UK) for which Gabriela was given the freedom to write about something important to her. Gabriela’s new piece, for piano and string orchestra, is a colourful and inventive new work which explores the difficulties and frustrations of her experience as a human rights activist, trying to communicate important messages in a world which wants only to talk, and not listen.

Linking traditions

Connecting the Western classical tradition with other musical traditions

  • In March 2019, SE will collaborate with three outstanding instrumentalists, Keyvan Chemirani, Bijan Chemirani and Sokratis Sinopouylos, whose practice explores the links between Western classical traditions – particularly the old Baroque masters – and those of Middle Eastern classical music of the same era. The resulting performance will combine improvisation with performance of music from across the spectrum – historic and contemporary, Western and Middle Eastern – in order to explore the connections and differences.


Connecting music with other disciplines or areas of practice

  • In September 2018, SE will deliver a live experience which explores the effects of music on the brain and body. Incorporating live performance with discussion led by a guest facilitator, the event will touch upon the scientific, spiritual and philosophical context of music – what it does to us, and why we listen.
  • Integrated with these public performances will be a series of community-focused workshops developed in partnership with cancer support organisation Maggie’s (see ‘Integrated creative learning and community activities’ for details).



Following its UK premiere in November 2018, SE will then perform Prelude across Sweden in March 2019. The X-date tour strengthens SE’s commitment to international touring which has included dates at prestigious venues and festivals across the world.
These have included: a 13-date US tour with Alison Balsom in 2013; performances of cross-artform collaboration Goldberg Variations –ternary patterns for insomnia at multiple European festivals and venues, including Shanghai Concert Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C; performances at the George Enescu festival with violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja; and concerts at many other prestigious venues and festivals including the Thuringia Bach Festival, the İş Sanat Concert Hall, Istanbul, the Grand Théâtre de Provence (Aix-en-Provence) and more.

SE’s growing profile has been recognised in a series of award nominations over the past two years. In 2017, SE was longlisted for a Classical:NEXT Innovation Award. Now, in 2018, SE has been shortlisted for the award, on the back of its bold and distinctive collaborations from 2014 to 2017. SE was also shortlisted for a high-profile RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Award in the Chamber Music & Song category.

Integrated creative learning and community activities

The aim to diversify audiences, and bring music to as many different people as possible, remains at the heart of SE’s integrated programme of creative learning and community activities. Through this strand, the group aims not only to reach a more diverse group of people, focusing particularly on those who may not otherwise get to experience music, but do so in a way which has genuine meaning, presenting music in way which is relevant to them.

Following development across the past four years, in 2018-19 SE’s community-based events will form an integrated part of the season programme. These activities, which are devised and delivered by SE musicians, SE’s Animateur-in-Residence, James Redwood, the SE management team, and community and artistic partners, complement and build on elements from the live performances. It’s this that allows SE musicians to engage on a genuine level with Scotland’s communities, from amateur musicians to those who are rarely exposed to musical activities.

Our work across the 2018-19 season will include:

  • In September 2018, the second iteration in our partnership with the cancer support organisation Maggie’s. Following workshops at the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee in September 2016, we will now collaborate with Maggie’s Aberdeen on a project exploring ideas around ‘focused listening’, in this setting as a means to alleviate anxiety, stress and ill-health. We will work with a clinical psychologist to deliver sessions for cancer patients which will involve musical performance, guided listening and reflective group conversation. This follows significantly positive feedback from the workshops we performed in Dundee, with one participant stating: “The way the elements of this piece worked helped me to find an inner calm. I’ve not been able to get to this point for years”. Click here for more feedback.
  • In November 2018, workshops exploring music and movement with advanced string players across Scotland, in collaboration with Andersson Dance
  • In February 2019, performances and participatory storytelling sessions in schools with Gabriela Montero
  • In March 2019, community workshops using music to explore diverse musical heritages, in collaboration with Keyvan Chemirani and friends.
  • In May 2019, a range of community and education activities as part of our residency with the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival
  • Year-round, we will also be delivering a programme of ‘Residency on Demand’ events. This is a development of our Residency strand, in which we set up camp for a few days at a time in our regular touring cities to deliver collaborative performances, workshops and musical activities. We will now continue to work with partners to deliver this work across the year, allowing more flexibility and the ability to meet the needs of the communities and individuals at the most effective times.



SE is increasingly committed to using digital technologies to enhance its artistic practice as well as to widen the potential reach of its activities. Digital tablets have replaced music stands in many of SE’s live performances, offering the musicians greater flexibility and movement, as well as offering a more streamlined and 21st-century aesthetic.

Through its programme of online content, SE hopes to engage not only a higher number of people, but also a more diverse group of people, in music and the context surrounding it. This includes the introduction of content-rich microsites for its major projects and the commissioning of short behind-the-scenes documentaries which illuminate the context behind the works. As a result of a continuing partnership with BBC Arts, these mini-documentaries have been hosted on the high-profile BBC Arts website as exclusive content, and in May 2018, the platform will host an extract from SE’s 2017 collaboration with pioneering Scottish theatre company Vanishing Point,Tabula Rasa.

2018-19 Season: Full listings

Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia
London premiere of cross-artform collaboration at the Barbican Centre

Thu 5- Sat 7 July

The Barbican, London


Tickets: barbican.org.uk / 020 7638 4141


Andersson Dance (contemporary dance company)


J.S. Bach
Goldberg Variations [arr. Sitkovetsky]
Following its success across the globe, we’re excited to bring our 2015 music-and-dance collaboration to the Barbican Centre for its London premiere. Alternately playful and tender, witty and thought-provoking, Goldberg Variations – ternary patterns for insomnia is a re-imagining of one of Bach’s most cherished pieces: the keyboard variations he wrote, or so the story goes, as a distracting exercise for aninsomniac aristocrat.

With musicians and dancers moving and intertwining as equal choreographed partners, together they tease out the various moods, tones and

character of each variation, as well as unexpected nuances and new questions not only about Bach’s notes, but our modern relationship with historical music.



Edinburgh Fringe premiere of cross-artform work

Fri 17 Aug

Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh


Tickets: pleasance.co.uk / 0131 556 6550

Sat 18 Aug

Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh


Tickets: pleasance.co.uk / 0131 556 6550


Anna Meredith (composer / performer / producer)
Eleanor Meredith (visual artist)
Anno is an entertaining, surprising, utterly original experience of Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece, The Four Seasons, performed by string orchestra and electronics.

At its Edinburgh Fringe premiere, you’ll sit in the centre of a dark, transformed world, cocooned by sights and sounds which evoke the passing of a year – from the awakening of spring, to the mournful intensity of summer to the hushed darkness of winter. Performing up close, Anna and Scottish Ensemble become silhouettes against a backdrop of screens pulsating with Eleanor Meredith’s quirky visual art. At times haunting and achingly beautiful, at others punchy and bombastic, Anno is a lingering live experience of music acoustic andelectronic, old and new, which defies and questions our need for any such categorisation.

Anno is part of the 2018 Made in Scotland Showcase – madeinscotlandshowcase.com


Concert with facilitated discussion

Tue 11 Sep      

West Ward Works, Dundee


Tickets: dundeebox.co.uk / 01382 434 940


Wed 12 Sep     

Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow


Tickets: glasgowsciencecentre.org / 0141 420 5000


Thu 13 Sep      

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen


Tickets: aberdeenperformingarts.com / 01224 641 122


Fri 14 Sep       

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh


Tickets: thequeenshall.net / 0131 668 2019


Sun 16 Sep      

London venue to be announced

Integrated Creative Learning activity for Pause
6 – 16 September 2018

A series of sessions helping people to use music to focus on the present, in collaboration with Maggie’s Centres across Scotland.

Contrasting sets of music curated by Scottish Ensemble violinist Daniel Pioro including works by:

Heinrich Biber (b.1644)
George Frideric Handel (b.1685)
John Cage (b.1912)
Pauline Oliveros (b.1932)
Philip Glass (b.1937)
Caroline Shaw (b.1982)

Exploring the effects of the mysterious, intangible, precious, utterly essential entity we call music through discussion and live performance.

What happens in our brains and bodies when we experience music? Can music connect us to a spiritual realm? Why – and how – does music help us understand ourselves, each other and the world around us?

Pause blends live musical performance with provocations, conversation and debate. As well as guest speakers and SE musicians sharing their perspectives on what music does to us and why, carefully-devised sets of music will create an absorbing listening experience for mind and body – from the riveting, repetitive patterns of Philip Glass, to the mystical intensity of Biber, to the Pulitzer-Prize-winning soundscapes of Caroline Shaw.

Touching on music’s scientific, spiritual and philosophical qualities, Pause will make you stop and think about how and why we listen to music, what it gives to us, and what else we could do with it.


Chamber Notes

Tour of chamber music (Scotland and London)

Mon 27 Aug     

Plockton High School, Plockton


Tickets: seall.co.uk / 01471 844 207

Tue 28 Aug     

SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye


Tickets: seall.co.uk / 01471 844 207

Thu 30 Aug     

Mull Theatre, Mull


Tickets: comar.co.uk / 01688 302 211

Sun 7 Oct        

Crichton Church, Dumfries


Tickets: dgboxoffice.co.uk / 01387 253 383

Mon 8 Oct        

Perth Concert Hall, Perth


Tickets: horsecross.co.uk / 01738 621 031

Tue 9 Oct        

St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh


Tickets: thequeenshall.net / 0131 668 2019

Wed 10 Oct     

Eden Court, Inverness


Tickets: eden-court.co.uk / 01463 234 234

Fri 12 Oct         
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, Glasgow


Tickets: scottishensemble.co.uk / 0141 353 8000


Matthew Hunt, clarinet



Clarinet Quintet in A major


Clarinet Quintet in B minor

John Luther Adams

The Wind in High Places [movement 2]
Mozart and Brahms wrote just one clarinet quintet each, both in the final years of their lives. But it’s their inherent quality and charm, not only their solitary status, which has always made these quintets stand out amongst each composer’s repertoire. Mozart’s is now not only one of his best-known pieces, but one of the most cherished in the clarinet repertoire, and it’s easy to see why: moments of understated virtuosity bloom from a soft, calm, mellow beauty. Brahms’ quintet – modelled on Mozart’s, as so many of his works are – is similarly autumnal in mood, with waves of contemplative major and melancholic minor moods shifting like sunlight.


Prelude – skydiving from a dream

World premiere of a new music-and-dance collaboration with Andersson Dance

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Nov 2018

Tramway, Glasgow


Tickets: tramway.org / 0845 330 3501

Tue 13 Nov 2018

Dundee Rep, Dundee


Tickets: dundeerep.co.uk / 01382 223 530

Thu 15 Nov 2018

Eden Court, Inverness


Tickets: eden-court.co.uk / 01463 234 234


19-27 Mar 2019

Swedish tour – see scottishensemble.co.uk for details

Integrated Creative Learning activity for Prelude – skydiving from a dream

3 – 16 November 2018
Workshops with advanced string players across Scotland in collaboration with Andersson Dance.


Andersson Dance (contemporary dance company)

Grosse Fugue
Plus extracts from

J. S. Bach

The Art of Fugue

And preludes from

13 Preludes and Fugue for Solo Strings
Fusing music and movement, musician and dancer, Prelude – skydiving from a dream takes three rich pieces of music that push at the boundaries and restrictions of artistic expression and creates something entirely new. Centred around Beethoven’s notorious Grosse Fugue – one of the most difficult, misunderstood, criticised and celebrated pieces in the musical canon – Prelude builds toward the reward of exploring a work that resists categorisation.
Combining playful, dynamic choreography with razor-sharp live performance, musicians and dancers blur their roles and break the rules as they

explore the very human paradox at the root of all three pieces: our need to seek out order amongst disorder, and the urge to tear apart our self-imposed rules and restrictions and embrace the adventure of what lies beyond.

Musica Adventus
Annual festive concert series performed by candlelight

Mon 3 Dec

Caird Hall, Dundee


Tickets: dundeebox.co.uk / 01382 253 383

Tue 4 Dec

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh


Tickets: thequeenshall.net / 0131 668 2019

Wed 5 Dec

Wellington Church, Glasgow


Tickets: glasgowconcerthalls.com / 0141 353 8000

Thu 6 Dec

St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen


Tickets: aberdeenperformingarts.com / 01224 641 122

Fri 7 Dec

Inverness Cathedral, Inverness


Tickets: eden-court.co.uk / 01463 234 234

Sat 8 Dec

St John’s Kirk, Perth


Tickets: horsecross.co.uk / 01738 621 031


Sun 9 Dec

Crichton Church, Dumfries


Tickets: dgboxoffice.co.uk / 01387 253 383


Sean Shibe (classical guitar)

Guitar Concerto in D major, RV 93
J. S. Bach
Chorale Prelude (from The Art of Fugue)
Concerto Grosso in G minor (‘Christmas Concerto’)
Pēteris Vasks
Musica Adventus
Intermezzo (from St. Paul’s Suite)

For full list of repertoire go to scottishensemble.co.uk
Flickering candlelight, atmospheric architecture, and music of illumination, reflection and warmth… Scottish Ensemble’s much-loved advent concert pairs glowing candles with music of hidden depths. Renaissance and Baroque works, radiating with midwinter warmth, sit alongside lingering contemporary sounds that will stay with you long after the concert ends.

As an artist avoiding cliches, challenging pre-conceptions and championing the new, we’re particularly excited to welcome the talented Sean Shibe as our soloist on classical guitar – the recent RCS graduate and BBC New Generation artist who has already been turning heads as at high-profile concerts and music festivals.


Collaborative concert tour with new commission by pianist/composer Gabriela Montero

Fri 8 Feb

Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, Glasgow


Tickets: scottishensemble.co.uk / 0141 353 8000


Sun 10 Feb

Eden Court, Inverness


Tickets: eden-court.co.uk / 01463 234 234

Tue 12 Feb

The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh


Tickets: thequeenshall.net / 0131 668 2019

Wed 13 Feb

Perth Concert Hall


Tickets: horsecross.co.uk / 01738 621 031

Fri 15 Feb

Kings Place, London


Tickets: kingsplace.co.uk / 020 7520 1490

Sat 16 Feb

Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal


Tickets: lakelandsinfonia.org.uk / 0333 666 3366

Integrated Creative Learning activity for Babel

9 – 14 February 2019
Performances and participatory storytelling sessions in schools with Gabriela Montero.


Gabriela Montero (piano)

Gabriela Montero
Babel (European premiere)

Chamber Symphony Op. 118a

Quartet for the End of Time (Mvt 4)

Pēteris Vasks

plus improvisation by SE and Gabriela Montero
Babel explores the concept of music that comes with a message; a selection of powerful pieces using music as a tool to communicate something that words could not.
At the heart of the concert is Gabriela Montero’s new commission for piano and string orchestra, a colourful and inventive portrait of her experience as human rights activist as she tries to be heard in a world which wants only to talk, not listen.

Montero’s voice is joined by others, from Barshai’s arrangement of Shostakovich’s tenth String Quartet – an honest, heartfelt illustration of his

disillusionment with a crushing Soviet regime – to Messiaen’s astonishing invocation of heaven, written whilst a German prisoner of war. Join

us and witness the room fill with complex, deep and urgent messages, from the political to the philosophical, without a single word being uttered.


Continental Drift

Collaborative concert tour with three international multi-instrumentalists (Scotland)

Sun 10 Mar

Summerhall, Edinburgh


Tickets: summerhall.co.uk / 0131 560 1580


Wed 13 Mar

SWG3 Galvanisers Yard, Glasgow*

Tickets: scottishensemble.co.uk / 0141 353 8000


Thu 14 Mar

HMS Unicorn, Dundee

Tickets: dundeebox.co.uk / 01382 434 940
Fri 15 Mar

Mareel, Shetland

Tickets: shetlandarts.org / 01595 745 500

Integrated Creative Learning activity for Continental Drift

10 – 15 March 2019
Community workshops using music to explore diverse musical heritages, in collaboration with Keyvan Chemirani and friends.


Keyvan Chemirani and Bijan Chemirani (Persian percussion)

Sokratis Sinopoulos (Lyra fiddle)


What happens when you blend the music of the old European masters with the breathless virtuosity of contemporary Persia and the Mediterranean?

Keyvan Chemirani, Bijan Chemirani and Sokratis Sinopoulos are exceptional musicians: intuitive, agile, inventive. Together they explore the

connections between the music of Baroque Europe and the Eastern musical traditions of the same era; the results are astonishing, shedding new light on history, music and our perceptions of both.
For Continental Drift, they’ll join five Scottish Ensemble musicians for a performance bonding east and west, learning and improvisation, intuition and precision, freedom and control. Seated around the stage, this is a chance not only to experience the impressive mastery of multiple instruments at close quarters, but to enter a brand new sound world, created next to you, in real time; a world of melodicwarmth, rhythmic verve, playful energy and exotic flair.


Dance Music

Collaborative concert tour with guest director Malin Broman (Swedish Radio Orchestra)

Thu 23 May

Caird Hall, Dundee

Tickets: dundeebox.co.uk / 01382 434 940
Fri 24 May

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Tickets: aberdeenperformingarts.com / 01224 641 122

Sat 25 May

The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Tickets: thequeenshall.net / 0131 668 2019


Sun 26 May

Glasgow Royal Concert Halls


Tickets: scottishensemble.co.uk / 0141 353 8000

Tue 28 May

Eden Court, Inverness