Originally formed as the Scottish Baroque Ensemble in 1969. Was also known as the BT Scottish Ensemble when its principle sponsor was BT (e.g. for collaborative work with Aly Bain for "Follow the Moonstone" 1995).

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The Scottish Ensemble is one of Scotland's finest string ensembles, formed from some of the most highly respected string players in Europe. Playing standing in a semicircle and without a conductor, it is led from the violin by Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton.

Originally formed in 1969 as the Scottish Baroque Ensemble, by the violinist Leonard Friedman, the Ensemble’s extensive repertoire spans from the Baroque to the present day. The Ensemble regularly commissions new work and has an enviable reputation for innovative programming, performing rare and unusual pieces alongside more well-known music. Composers who have written for the Scottish Ensemble include John Tavener, David Horne, John Woolrich, Craig Armstrong, Steve Martland and Kasia Glowicka.

As one of Scotland’s flagship performing groups, the Scottish Ensemble receives invitations to perform throughout the UK and internationally. In recent seasons the Ensemble has toured to China (Shanghai Spring International Festival), Germany and France. In the UK, it performs regularly at Wigmore Hall in London, and at a wide range of festivals including the BBC Proms; City of London Festival; Aldeburgh Festival; Edinburgh International Festival; and the St Magnus Festival, Orkney. Concerts are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland, and there is an ever-growing collection of recordings available.

The Scottish Ensemble is committed to Scotland and its audiences, and from its Glasgow base performs some 50 concerts a year. It travels the length and breadth of Scotland, appearing in all major towns and cities, as well as in more remote areas. Each year, the Scottish Ensemble promotes a 30-concert series in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth, and each summer promotes concerts in venues across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 St.Kentigern Suite Thomas Wilson, Scottish Ensemble & Jonathan Rees 1
1991 Violin Concertos Bach; Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Rees 1
1992 Music for Strings : Elgar Grieg Delius Warlock Holst Scottish Ensemble & Jonathan Rees 1
1992 The Brandenburg Concertos I Bach; Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Rees 1
1992 The Brandenburg Concertos II Bach; Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Rees 1
1995 Follow the Moonstone Aly Bain & the BT Scottish Ensemble 1

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