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Scottish Ensemble announces north-east Concert by Candlelight: Music for Warmth and Restoration

By David Porter

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Scottish Ensemble invite audiences to join them at venues across Scotland Concerts by Candlelight: Music for Warmth and Restoration

Concerts by Candlelight will tour venues in Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow from December 2.

Led by violinist and director Matthew Truscott Concerts by Candlelight will feature music by Purcell, Julia Wolfe, Biber, Brahms and Schubert

This December Scottish Ensemble will take its annual Concerts by Candlelight on tour to locations across Scotland for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the first time ever the incisive and dynamic presence of violinist and director Matthew Truscott will lead proceedings and Concerts by Candlelight: Music for Warmth and Restoration will offer something for every taste, with a selection of music spanning centuries, inclusive of a variety of genre and styles.

A web of connectedness binds this string programme around its central work, Beethoven’s taut and beautiful ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’.

A song of thanks for recovery from illness it is one of the most celebrated, profound and joyful pieces of string music from any period, and its intimations of past, present and future make it a very fitting tribute to the past 18 months, as we emerge into the ‘new normal’ and enjoy live music all together, once again.

From the gorgeous musical balm of Henry Purcell to the warmth and generosity of Brahms, the touching music by Biber, and the thick, treacly sonic textures of Julia Wolfe’s Four Marys, wherever you are in Scotland this winter, Concerts by Candlelight is the perfect outing for both families and friends.

Violinist and director Matthew Truscott said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Scottish Ensemble to help bring some warmth and restoration to audiences across Scotland with Concerts by Candlelight this December.

The programme features music that channels sentiments of courage and overcoming adversity, which seems fitting this year, and I can’t wait to perform in front of live audiences in Scotland once again.”

The performance takes place on December 2 at St Machar’s, Aberdeen with tickets available from www.scottishensemble.com

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