Nevis Ensemble is thrilled to get back out on the road, and in front of live audiences to celebrate Make Music Day 2021.
Twenty of the orchestra’s musicians will cycle between 10 Glasgow venues on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 performing music by Joseph Boulogne, Louise Farrenc, Hildegard von Bingen and Florence Anna Maunders, as well as arrangements of tunes by fiddler Duncan Chisholm, Gaelic Waulking songs, and even some Diana Ross.
Nevis’ musicians will clock up more than 60km along Glasgow’s cycle paths, giving performances at Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Pollokshields Bowling Green, as well as at litter picks to mark Clean Up Scotland week.
The orchestra will also give pop-up performances around Drumchapel and Anniesland as part of its Glasgow Life Creative Communities: Artist in Residence programme, and visit Blairdardie and Langfaulds primary schools where Nevis musicians have been leading creative music sessions over the last few months online.
The orchestra will also visit Glasgow’s historic Barras market, as it celebrates its centenary with Barras100, which opens on Sunday 20 June.
Make Music Day, or Fête de la Musique, is an international celebration of music, held each year on 21 June on 125 countries. Nevis Ensemble is excited to contribute these free performances to this worldwide movement, as we celebrate the return to live musical performance in our communities.
Nevis Ensemble Chief Executive, Jamie Munn says: ‘We are so pleased to be able to get our musicians back out on the road and do what they do best – give the communities of Scotland fun and energetic performances of orchestral music. It seems significant that we can do this on Make Music Day, as we begin to return to live performance.’
Jackie Sands, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Strategic Arts and Health Coordinator says ‘After many months of going without any live arts in our hospitals we are delighted to be welcoming the phenomenal and hugely exciting Nevis Ensemble back to the QEUH and Gartnavel Hospital grounds.’