north east scotland's festival of new music

Red Note Ensemble

Red Note is a Scottish-based professional music ensemble, dedicated to developing and performing contemporary music to the highest standards, and taking the music out to audiences around and beyond Scotland.

The ensemble was founded in 2008 by Scottish cellist Robert Irvine, and is now directed by John Harris (Chief Executive) and Robert Irvine (Artistic Director).

Red Note performs the established classics of contemporary music; they commission new music; they develop the work of new and emerging composers from around the world; and they work hard in new spaces to find new audiences. Their performing ensemble is drawn from the deep talent pool of Scottish new music expertise, and they count amongst their players some of the very finest performers working in the UK today.

Red Note made its debut in May 2008 with a recording of Eddie McGuire's Carrochan suite for Delphian records, and since then the ensemble has rapidly gained profile and support.

Red Note tours Scotland twice each year, in the Spring and Autumn, and runs a regular new music series showcasing the work of new composers (Noisy Nights and What Happened) bi-monthly in Edinburgh and Glasgow. They also work to develop the work of new composers, particularly at Glasgow University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Red Note is delighted to have been appointed Contemporary Ensemble-in-Residence at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music Drama in Glasgow in 2009 for a three-year period, and Associate Company of the Traverse Theatre from January 2010.

Ligeti Chamber Concerto (excerpt)
audio clip included with kind permission
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events in 2010 with Red Note Ensemble
  Date Day Time Location Event Details
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20Wed 7.30 pmBanchoryRed Note Ensemble