Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Red Note Ensemble - red as in radical, note as in music (perhaps like the brown note, a frequency that engages the body in a particular manner - a call to arms, a revolutionary new music)... 

Sorry, where was I?

It's time to keep an eye on John Harris and his gang.
12 February 7.15pm
Lachez Tout (Enough Already)
François Sarhan

Co-production with LOD Music Theatre, with
introduction by Wannes Gyselinck, Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium

François Sarhan, composer in residence at the National Theatre in Orleans between 2009 and 2012 is simultaneously a cellist, composer, author, encyclopaedist, and a creator of stop motion animation and film. Lachez Tout is a concert and silent film with live music, actors and two Foley (film sound-effect) artists, with François Sarhan himself performing on stage. Circassian actor Claudio Stellato plays Bobok, the central character of the film, and the Foley Artists create the sounds of the doors slamming, the footsteps and the passing trucks. Lachez Tout is a total experience halfway between a detective story and a philosophical tragicomedy.

Red Note Ensemble Performers
Violin Jackie Shave
Saxophone Gareth Brady
Guitar Malcolm MacFarlane
Percussion Tom Hunter
Synthesizer Simon Smith
Foley Artists Julien Baissat and Celine Bernard

6 - 10 March 7.30pm
Reels to Ragas Two
Mission House Harris, Ceilidh Place Ullapool, Universal Hall Findhorn, Victoria Hall Glenbuchat and Big Shed Tombreck

Scottish-Indian fusion as Red Note Ensemble
is joined by the superb tabla player Kuljit Bhamra and piper-and-multi-instrumentalist Fraser Fifield for new and traditional tunes. Expect love songs, dance music, a hint of Bollywood and plenty of tunes you’ll recognise immediately even in their new guise.

Join internationally-renowned tabla player Kuljit Bhamra each day for a family-friendly hands-on Indian drumming workshop, introducing some of the rhythms and musical ideas that drive Reels to Ragas.

Red Note Ensemble Performers
Tabla Kuljit Bhamra
Cello Robert Irvine
Violin Jackie Shave
Pipes Fraser Fifield

8 - 12 April
13 Vices by Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe
Collaboration with Ensemble Doubt
The MAC Belfast, Great Hall, Magee Campus Derry, Droichead Arts Centre Drogheda, National Concert Hall Dublin, King’s Place London

Inspired in part by Mihail Chemiakin’s 'Children are the victims of adult vices’ (a series of grotesque sculptures located in a park in Bolotnaya Square, Balchug, 800 metres south of the Moscow Kremlin) this unique work is the result of a collaboration between two of Ireland’s most dynamic compositional voices - Brian Irvine and Jennifer Walshe. 13 Vices melts down the boundaries between disciplines and dominates the space that lies somewhere between theatre, contemporary classical, free improvisation, opera, conduction, poetry, thrash and trash!

Red Note Ensemble Performers
Violin Jackie Shave
Viola Max Baillie
Cello Robert Irvine

5 May 7.30pm
Plug Festival opening concert: Simply Red Note
Ledger Recital Room, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Plug is back! The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s festival of new music is a celebration of potential. As Associate Contemporary Ensemble, we work alongside student composers and guest artists and soloists. Plug starts with intent, and we get our hands on the first new scores at Scotland’s festival. #Plug2015

Nicholas Olsen New Work
Thomas Brown New Work
Donagh Marne New Work
Jay Richards New Work

Robert Allan New Work

Red Note Ensemble Performers
Flute Ruth Morley
Clarinet Yann Ghiro
Percussion Tom Hunter
Violin Nicolas Miribel
Cello Robert Irvine
Piano Simon Smith

8 May 7.30pm
Plug Festival closing concert with MusicLab
Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Plug culminates with a combining of forces, as we are joined by the students from MusicLab to close the festival with a bang. The programme features a large-scale composition from doctoral student Colin Broom, as well as last year’s winner of the prestigious Craig Armstrong Prize, Jay Capperauld.

Colin Broom 7 Pictures of an Electronic Life
Jay Capperauld New Work
Jamie Wilson New Work

Red Note Ensemble Performers
Flute Ruth Morley
Sax Gareth Brady
Percussion Tom Hunter
Piano Simon Smith
Cello Robert Irvine

13 May 7.30pm
Leverhulme Fellows Concert
Ledger Room, Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

The culmination of masterclasses with Garry Walker held earlier in the year, this concert joins Red Note and the Leverhulme Conducting Fellows. Two pieces from Kagel's Windrose series and two new student compositions using the same salon orchestra set the scene for this concert to head in almost any direction!

Red Note Ensemble Performers
Flute Ruth Morley
Violin Nicolas Miribel
Viola Jessica Beeston
Cello Robert Irvine
Bass Rick Standley
Percussion Tom Hunter
Piano Simon Smith
Harmonium Julia Lynch

19 – 20 May 7.30pm
Watching Over You with Karen Cargill
St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow and Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

The premiere of a new song cycle by Scottish composer Rory Boyle, setting a specially-written set of poems by Dilys Rose, for Scottish Mezzo Soprano Karen Cargill and the Red Note Ensemble. The seven songs tell, in honest first-person detail, of the joys and trials of early motherhood. The programme also includes Janacek's deep and personal string quartet, Intimate Letters.

Red Note Ensemble conducted by Jean-Claude Picard

24 May afternoon concert
Sounding Brass
Bath International Music Festival, Cleveland Pools, Hampton Row, Bath.

An open air concert in the atmospheric setting of Cleveland Pools, the only remaining Georgian Lido in the UK, set by the River Avon close to the centre of the world heritage city of Bath.

Red Note Ensemble Performers to include:
Trumpet Mark O'Keeffe
Percussion Tom Hunter

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