Scottish Ensemble ends festival on a high note

A quintet of strings and clarinet will play out the 2018 Skye Festival, Fèis an Eilein, with the music of Mozart and Brahms.

The Scottish Ensemble and internationally-acclaimed clarinettist Matthew Hunt will perform Chamber Notes at venues in Plockton and Sleat on 27 and 28 August.

The Sleat concert, taking place in the main hall at Plockton High School on Monday, 27 August, and at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Tuesday, 28 August with an open and informal workshop at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig at 1pm on 28 August  aimed at string players, but suitable for all musicians.

Tuesday’s concert will provide the grand finale of the two-month-long festival which has included concerts by some of the best traditional musicians in Scotland; an evening of jazz and beatbox; movies; workshops; cèilidh dances; house concerts; and a day of crime fiction for writers and readers.

In their evening performance, the Scottish Ensemble will explore the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms: Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major; Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor; John Luther Adams The Wind In High Places (movement 4).

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.

SEALL creative director, Duncan MacInnes, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming back The Scottish Ensemble to SEALL. The full Ensemble was our sixth ever event back in 1991 and since then have been regular visitors.

“They are each outstanding classical musicians who are not afraid to seek out innovative and interesting collaborations to challenge themselves and their work. Their performances are always exciting and they are a joy to experience. Matthew Hunt is one of the UK’s leading clarinettists with an outstanding reputation for quality of play. These two concerts will be exceptional.

“We would urge anyone who wants listen and experience this collection of world-class classical musicians to come along to one of the concerts.”