Movement | August 2018

Our August 2018 Movement Tour, was Nevis Ensemble’s first ever tour, and we decided to enter with a bang. In just two weeks, we put together an orchestra of 40 with players coming from 14 nations to give 70 performances in venues across Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

In partnership with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, we commissioned Matthew Grouse to write a new work for the orchestra, entitled Attach, which received its world première at the world’s oldest surviving music hall – Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon, on 31 July 2018.

‘First class musicians. First class entertainment. First class audience participation. First class. Everyone at the Fred Paton Centre will cherish the experience of being at the Nevis Ensemble Concert. All wished it could have gone on longer. The experience was exceptional in every way. A sight and sound spectacular.’

Fred Paton Centre, Glasgow Day centre for older people

Our Artistic Directors, Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves chose the theme of Movement to tie in with the sporting action of the European Championships, as well as to inspire thinking about the movement of people and ideas. Apart from anything else, the orchestra also moves! Nevis soon became very much a ‘moving’ orchestra.

With 5-6 performances a day, this was an intense tour that took performances everywhere from train stations during rush hour to quiet gardens for an HIV/AIDS support group. In between, we reached the summit of the highest mountain in the British Isles, played alongside a nude life drawing class, and persuaded Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to conduct us during the Opening Reception of the European Championships.


31 July 20181300 – 1400Garelochhead Village Hall
31 July 20181630 – 1700Faslane Peace Camp
31 July 20181900 – 2100Britannia Panopticon
01 August 20181000-1030Buchanan Street
01 August 20181100-1145Glasgow Central Station
01 August 20181315-1400Nan Mackay Memorial Hall
01 August 20181500-1545House for an Art Lover
01 August 20181800-1815City Chambers (PRIVATE)
01 August 20181900-1945Gartnavel Royal Hospital
02 August 20181030-1130Tickled Trout – Alzheimer Scotland 
02 August 20181230-1330Glasgow Lodging House Mission
02 August 20181530-1630Glasgow Green – Yoga Session
02 August 20181800-1900George Square
03 August 20181000-1030Kelburn Castle and Country Park
03 August 20181045-1130Kelburn Castle and Country Park
03 August 20181250-1320Saltcoats Town Centre 
03 August 20181345-1415Auchenharvie Swimming Pool
03 August 20181430-1500Stevenston Cross/Beattie Library 
03 August 20181600-1645CentreStage Communities, Kilmarnock
03 August 20181930-2100New Lanark, Lanark
04 August 20181030-1130Erskine Home, Bishopton
04 August 20181200-1220Queens Park Glasshouse
04 August 20181330-1430The Croft, Queens Park (SouthSeeds)
04 August 20181600-1645Kinning Park Complex (Refuweegee)
05 August 20181300-1400West Brewery
05 August 20181300-1400Dunoon Burgh Hall
05 August 20181530-1620Auchindrain Township, Inverary
05 August 20181830-1930Craignish Village Hall
06 August 20181230-1300Summit of Ben Nevis
07 August 20180930-1000Waverley Train Station
07 August 20181110-1140Edinburgh Airport
07 August 20181330-1415Jupiter Artland (with the Cheyne Gang)
07 August 20181630-1715Richmond Craigmillar Church
07 August 20181900-2000St John’s Church, Princes Street
08 August 20181100-1150Dunbar Battery, Dunbar
08 August 20181300-1350Port Seaton Resource Centre
08 August 20181430-1515North Edinburgh Arts
08 August 20181600-1645Social Bite
08 August 20181800-1900Whitmuir Organic Farm
09 August 20181100-1145Waverley Care
09 August 20181430-1445St Enoch Subway Station
09 August 20181515-1530Kelvinbridge Subway Station
09 August 20181545-1600Govan Subway Station
09 August 20181615-1645St Enoch Square
09 August 20181800-1845Drumchapel Park 
09 August 20182100-2200Glasgow Night Shelter
10 August 20181245-1330Fred Paton Centre
10 August 20181445-1530Reidvale Adventure Playground
10 August 20181600-1630Merchant City Festival
10 August 20181645-1715Merchant City Festival
10 August 20181730-1800Merchant City Festival
11 August 20181030-1100Loch Lomond Shores
11 August 20181105-1130Balloch Park
11 August 20181135-1200Balloch Train Station
11 August 20181315-1400Hidden Gardens, Pollokshields
11 August 20181600-1645Children’s Wood, West End
11 August 20181900-1945St Mary’s Church, Kirkintilloch
12 August 20181100-1200George Square
12 August 20181230-1315Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
12 August 20181430-1515Woodlands Community Garden
12 August 20181600-1630Tesco Maryhill
12 August 20181800-1830Merchant Square
13 August 20181000-1040Kelvin Hall
13 August 20181200-1245Riverside Museum
13 August 20181500-1515Glasgow Erskine Home
13 August 20181730-1815East Pollokshields Quad
13 August 20182000-2100All The Young Nudes


Attach (world premiere, commissioned by Nevis)Matthew Grouse
Romanian DancesBéla Bartók
Symphony No. 7 (1st Movement)Ludwig van Beethoven
Let’s Face the Music and DanceIrving Berlin (arr. Rossum)
Songs of Scotlandtrad. arr. Gordon Cree
Children’s Corner SuiteClaude Debussy (arr. Caplet)
Da Scheck O’ Da SmaalieFiddlers Bid (arr. Nauta)
Dances at ThreaveJohn Maxwell Geddes
Scherzo, The LadiesCevanne Hopkins-Hopayian
Dancing QueenABBA (arr. Peter Keisjers) 
Symphony No. 4 (4th Movement)Felix Mendelssohn
Black Sun RotationNicholas Morrish
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)The Proclaimers (arr. Cree)
Suite, The Fairy QueenHenry Purcell
BoleroMaurice Ravel
Carousel Waltz, CarouselRichard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein
El agua de la vida Salsa Celtica (arr. Zwagerman)
Valse TristeJean Sibelius
CychedNeil Tòmas Smith
A-TrainBilly Strayhorn (arr. Daams) 
Infernal Dance of King Katschei, The FirebirdIgor Stravinsky 
CaravanJuan Tizol (arr. Evers)
SuperflyTreacherous Orchestra (arr. Bouma)
Ride of the ValkyriesRichard Wagner
Still, GlowingJudith Weir