Nevis Ensemble is thrilled to announce auditions to join the orchestra for its activities in late 2018 and into 2019.

Interested musicians are asked to complete the Application Form online by Thursday 4 October 2018. We would also ask applicants to complete Equalities Monitoring and return by email to hello@nevisensemble.org

Auditions will take place on Saturday 13 October 2018 in Glasgow. Each audition will last around 20 minutes and will include:

  • Short programme of around 7 mins (candidate’s own choice – accompanist available)
  • Two orchestral excerpts (sent in advance)
  • Creative exercise
  • Short discussion

We are looking to fill positions in a number of sections, and increase out pool of deputy musicians, so applications are welcome across all orchestral instruments (including saxophone).

Musicians should be available for upcoming rehearsals and performances on 26 (eve)/27 (all day) October for performances in Edinburgh, and 4-9 December 2018 for a mini-tour of community venues in the North-East of Scotland. Plans for 2019 include a tour of the Hebrides.

The only prerequisites of any Nevis Ensemble musician is that that they be creative, open-minded and collaborative. And above all, open to a challenge. Musicians who have not had a standard entry into the industry are particular encouraged. Applicants should be aged 18+.

Please feel free to enquire at hello@nevisensemble.org if you have any questions about your application.

WHY JOIN NEVIS?

Nevis Ensemble (Artistic Directors, Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves) is different. There’s nothing else quite like it in Scotland. Its vision is ‘music for everyone, everywhere’. And it means business. For musicians, we provide training in working for particular groups, the opportunity to be part of an innovative, fun ensemble, and the chance to change the face of orchestral music in Scotland. Our inaugural tour in August 2018 saw 70 performances in two weeks in venues as diverse as airports and train stations, to homeless shelters and community gardens, with the summit of Ben Nevis and yoga sessions thrown in the middle.

The orchestra concentrates on taking music to people where they are and when they are there popping up and surprising commuters first thing in the morning; entertaining residents in oft-forgotten parts of towns and cities; guerrilla-style appearances in swimming pools; dancing with cashiers in supermarkets. Running alongside this is a carefully plotted patchwork of community-based performances, in a range of contexts covering all parts of society.

Come and join us; it’s an experience you wont forget!

Nevis Ensemble is thrilled to announce auditions to join the orchestra for its inaugural tour around Scotland as part of Glasgow 2018.

Interested musicians are asked to complete the Application Form, as well as the Equalities Monitoring Form, and return by email to hello@nevisensemble.org by Friday 23 March 2018.

Auditions will take place on 9 April 2018 (with an extra day on 11 April if necessary) in Glasgow. Please note that not all applicants will be guaranteed an audition.

The audition shall last around 20 minutes and will include:

  • Short programme of around 8 mins (candidate’s own choice)
  • One orchestral excerpt (list shown in advance)
  • Creative exercise
  • Short discussion

We are looking to recruit 40 orchestral musicians on the following instruments:

violin x13 | viola x4 | ‘cello x4 | double bass x3 (one player doubling electric bass) | flute x2 | oboe x2 | clarinet x2 | bassoon x2 | saxophone x2 | trumpet x2 | trombone x1 | French horn  x2 | percussion x1 |

Musicians should be available between 27 July and 13 August (inclusive) for an intense tour of 70 performances focusing in communities around Glasgow, whilst taking in other parts of Scotland as well. This position is non-paid, but Nevis will cover all travel expenses, subsistence and accommodation for participants over the course of the tour. Generally, we would expect our musicians to be at the outset of their careers (perhaps studying or just out of study), with an age range of 18-26, although anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply. Musicians who have not had a standard entry into the industry are particular encouraged.

The only prerequisites of any Nevis Ensemble musician is that that they be creative, open-minded and collaborative. And above all, open to a challenge.

For 2018, Nevis Ensemble is partnering with a number organisations and institutions to recruit players such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; National Youth Orchestras of Scotland; Ricciotti Ensemble (Amsterdam); Street Orchestra of London; Live Music Now Berlin. Scottish-based musicians currently attending the RCS or playing with NYOS should note this on the application form.

Please feel free to enquire at hello@nevisensemble.org if you have any questions about your application.

WHY JOIN NEVIS?

The Nevis Ensemble (Artistic Directors, Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves) is different. There’s nothing else quite like it in Scotland. Its vision is ‘music for everyone, everywhere’. And it means business. For musicians, we provide training in working for particular groups, the opportunity to be part of an innovative, fun ensemble, and the chance to change the face of orchestral music in Scotland. Performances for 2018 will include everything from Glasgow’s Central Station to the summit of Ben Nevis (yes, really), as well as performing for outdoor yoga sessions, at community barbecues in the forests, and at large-scale life-drawing events.

Full-scale, 40-piece orchestral performances of the best, most diverse music you can imagine (including a commission from RCS composer Matthew Grouse): popping up and surprising commuters first thing in the morning; entertaining residents in oft-forgotten parts of the city; guerrilla-style appearances in swimming pools; generating huge public audiences in public spaces. Running in parallel to a fast-and-furious public pop-up performance schedule, is a carefully plotted patchwork of community-based performances, in a range of contexts covering all parts of society in a tour around Scotland taking in 70 performances over two weeks.

Come and join us; it’s an experience you wont forget!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that as part of our collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland we have commissioned Matthew Grouse from the RCS Composition Department to write a new orchestral piece for us. Matthew’s piece will be performed as part of our August tour, which will take in 70 performances in public and community settings around Glasgow and Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
Matthew Grouse, 21, is in his final year of the Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying composition under the tutelage of David Fennessy and electroacoustic composition with Dr Alistair MacDonald. His work regularly combines media and is often concerned with human frailties and finding the remarkable in the seemingly ordinary aspects of everyday life. Matthew is also passionate about inclusivity within new music. This was fortified by being awarded the Kimie Composition Prize, which resulted in Live Music Now Scotland commissioning an interactive string trio for performances in both dementia care homes and traditional concert hall settings in 2017.
Matthew’s music has been showcased across the UK and internationally, in Germany, Italy, Egypt, USA, Canada and Ireland. His music has been performed by artists including: Royal Northern Sinfonia; Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; The Assembly Project; DeCoda Ensemble; Gildas Quartet; Dohnányi String Trio; Ramelli/Salvoni/Wilson Guitar Trio; Sinae Lee (pianist) and Lewis Banks (saxophonist). His work has featured at or is programmed for future performances at festivals such as Darmstadt; The Cumnock Tryst; St Magnus International Festival; Cottier Chamber Project; Leeds Lieder Festival; St Andrews New Music Festival; EviMus Festival and Sound / Image Colloquium.

Nevis Ensemble (Artistic Directors: Holly Mathieson and Jonathan Hargreaves) is a brand new Street Orchestra for Scotland, which will see its debut in August 2018 as part of the Cultural Programme running alongside the first ever European Championships hosted jointly between Glasgow and Berlin.

Removing barriers to accessing orchestral music means bringing it to where people are, and when they are there. Nevis will bring high-energy, quality symphonic music of all genres to communities around Scotland during an intense two-week 70-performance tour.

Full-scale, 40-piece orchestral performances of the best, most diverse music you can imagine: popping up and surprising commuters first thing in the morning; entertaining residents in oft-forgotten parts of the city; guerrilla-style appearances in swimming pools; generating huge public audiences in public spaces. Running in parallel to a fast-and-furious public pop-up performance schedule, is a carefully plotted patchwork of community-based performances, and partnerships with voluntary and third-sector organisations have been nurtured to ensure the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society do not miss out.

For this inaugural project, Nevis is seeking a Producer (temporary) to assist in the preparation of the August tour, and to act as Tour Manager between 27 July and 14 August 2018, when the orchestra shall be based in Glasgow delivering 70 performances, both in the city and around Scotland.

The successful candidate must be available for the duration of the tour (27 July –14 August 2018), with work beforehand carried out flexibly at mutually convenient times.

Duties shall include:

  • Liaising with venues/hosting organisations prior to and during the tour
  • Maintaining and updating the tour schedule
  • Ensuring tour travel/accommodation is in place
  • Being first point of contact for musicians during the tour
  • Carrying out risk assessments

A full description can be found here: Producer Job Description

This post is temporary and the fee is consummate with experience. To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Jamie at hello@nevisensemble.org by 31 January 2018 at 5pm.

Please also get in contact if you would like more information about the project and/or Nevis Ensemble or require any assistance prior to application.

We are thrilled to announce that two superb conductors – Holly Mathieson and Jonathan Hargreaves –  have come on board with us at the Nevis Ensemble to lead the Artistic Direction for 2018 and beyond. We’ll introduce Holly and Jon to you more personally in the coming months, but in the meantime, see below for a bit more information about both of them.

Jon Hargreaves

Jonathan Hargreaves is based in Glasgow and London, and specialises in contemporary music. He co-directs the Octandre Ensemble, and he is Musical Director of Online Orchestra, the London Medical Orchestra and South Birmingham Sinfonia. Highlights for 2016/17 include an appearance for the LSO Soundhub Scheme, a performance of Pierrot Lunaire with Octandre and the mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg, recording sessions with the Rogue Orchestra, and directing a course with the Grampian Youth Orchestra.

 Jon founded the Octandre Ensemble with Christian Mason in 2011. Since then, the group has earned a strong reputation for performing new music, with a particular focus on exploring timbre and ritual. Jon has conducted the premieres of many works with Octandre. Of particular note, he conducted the first performance of Sinan Savaskan’s Many Stares (Module 30), which later won a BASCA National Composer’s Award. Recently, Jon conducted the group at St. John’s, Smith Square, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Hear and Now.

​​In summer 2015, Online Orchestra presented a real-time network performance in four locations separated by miles and on different land masses in West Cornwall. The project was based at Falmouth University and partnered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, with funding from AHRC. Following that pilot project, Jon has conducted for online schools workshops with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players.

Jon became Musical Director of the London Medical Orchestra in 2015. The orchestra has a long history and previous conductors include Norman Del Mar CBE and Sir Colin Davis. Since Jon began in the role the orchestra has raised thousands of pounds for charity, in standing room-only performances. Jon has appeared as a guest conductor for the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Glasgow’s Rogue Orchestra, and various other orchestras across the UK.

Holly Mathieson

Holly Mathieson is currently Assistant Conductor at the RSNO (2016-18), Resident Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Junior Orchestra and Artistic Director of Rata Music Collective, In the 17:18 season, guest engagements include concerts with the London Symphony, BBC Concert, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Scottish Chamber and Salomon orchestras, London’s Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Young Sinfonia, Red Note Ensemble, Scottish Ballet and the Royal College of Music Philharmonia Orchestra. Highlights of the 16:17 season included a commercial recording of works by John McLeod with Dame Evelyn Glennie and the RSNO; several education projects with the LSO, including a performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at the Barbican; and her US debut with the Illinois Philharmonic.

In 14:15, Holly held one of the world’s most prestigious fellowships for young conductors, the Leverhulme Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She enjoyed a critically acclaimed London debut in 2015 as the Christine Collins Young Artist Conductor in Associate at Opera Holland Park, and in the last two seasons has had debuts with Southbank Sinfonia and the Auckland Philharmonia, and worked as assistant conductor with Opera North, Garsington Opera and Longborough Festival Opera.

In the past, she has assisted Esa-Pekka Salonen and Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Philharmonia Orchestra, Donald Runnicles at the BBCSSO, and Marin Alsop at the BBC Proms. 2013 saw success in being chosen as one of four young conductors from around the world to participate in the Interaktion Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters with players from the Berlin Philharmonic and other top-tiered German orchestras, and a place as one of Dartington International Summer School’s advanced conducting fellows. She was immediately reinvited to Dartington in 2014 as a guest conductor. In 2015 she was a finalist for the position of Assistant Conductor at Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Awards for Holly’s work include a 2013 Professional Development Grant from Creative NZ, the 2012 AMP Regional Scholarship from Roost Mortgages, the 2009 Patronage Award from Adrienne, Lady Stewart and the NZ Arts Foundation, and the Elman Poole Travelling Scholarship (2006). Holly was named a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow in 2008. She was also given a high commendation in the 2013 Taki Concordia Fellowship. In 2016, Zonta NZ named her as one of New Zealand’s Top 50 Women of Achievement.

Holly holds a PhD in Music Iconography, entitled “Embodying Music: The Visuality of Three Iconic Conductors in London, 1840-1940” and a MusBHons(1st class) in composition and analyisis from Otago University, and an MMus in orchestral conducting from the University of Melbourne Conservatorium. She has published papers in Music in Art, and been invited to present papers at conferences in London, New York and New Zealand.

The Nevis Ensemble is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as one of the projects that will form the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

This is a very exciting opportunity that will allow us to give 70 performances in the time around the Championships, not only in Glasgow, but across the whole of Scotland.

Find out more about the programme here and find the whole press release below!

“The 34 individual artists and organisations awarded their share of £750,000 have been announced as the first faces of an inclusive and innovative programme of dance, film, music, visual art, theatre and literature taking place in Scotland next year as part of Festival 2018.

Festival 2018 will run alongside the sporting action and into many parts of Scotland, to offer an exciting cultural experience to residents and the thousands of athletes, visitors and media who will be in Scotland for the first-ever European Championships next August.

The fund is one of many strands of cultural investment that will create Festival 2018 and celebrate Scotland’s cultural brilliance.

The 34 supported projects represent 10 different artforms, 19 direct celebrations of the Year of the Young People, artists and performers aged between 10 and 87 years old and a broad range of cultural expressions for audiences across Scotland.

The Festival Fund portfolio includes; acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie working with Children’s Classic Concerts; Turner Prize nominated artist Janice Kerbel working with synchronised swimmers; engaging outdoor performances such as Mischief La Bas and a pop up opera tour from Scottish Opera for families, will follow the sport across the 12 sporting venues including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross.”