‘Performing with the Nevis Ensemble means performing with 40 other musicians who are not only incredible players, but incredible people. Being a member of that team and being able to give music to people has in turn given me so much.’
Elisabeth Lusche, trumpet
‘I feel blessed and thankful that I was given this opportunity to take part in Nevis Ensemble, to be able to spread joy and make a positive impact on people’s lives. The experience has taught me a lot where I was exposed to a variety of audiences that I have never gotten the chance to perform for and playing in venues where I needed to adapt and adjust quickly. It was really an enjoyable experience for me and was delighted to have met and worked with wonderful people.’
Nasirah nur Ibrahim, violin
‘This was an incredible rewarding experience, where I learned so much, but also got to talk and help people in everyday life through music, which is my dream. Nevis was one of the best experiences of my life.’
Olivia Tomasovic, oboe
‘Playing in a street orchestra like the Nevis Ensemble is unlike anything else. It’s not just about playing a lot of concerts in strange places, although that is definitely a part of it, it’s about bringing music of the highest calibre to as many people as possible. This is not just a feel good, community outreach project, but an opportunity for you to grow as person and musician while performing at the highest level possible. Playing with the Nevis Ensemble is unlike any other experience.
I saw first-hand that the Nevis Ensemble made a positive difference to the people who heard us. I saw people dancing, smiling, and laughing, going out of their way to come speak to the musicians, and telling their friends and family to go hear us play. That is amazing. That is why we do it.’
Heidi van der Swaagh, cello
‘On a personal level, this is the first time I have really truly felt that what I am doing with my life and what I have a passion for really matters and can really mean something, and it’s the first time in a long time I’ve felt like I’m playing the horn for any reason other than just because it’s something I like doing and want to improve at.
It was an incredible opportunity to truly take your music out of the confines of a concert hall, and to new and exciting venues and audiences. It has opened my eyes to countless new realms of where I can go with my music making and how it can truly make a difference in people’s lives in ways that it never will in a concert hall or conservatoire setting. I am more confident, a better musician, and much more inspired to push my own boundaries as a musician and a person for having done it. I just can’t wait for the next tour!’
Joey O’Neill, French horn
‘Take the orchestra out of the concert hall, and that is when you will truly notice the real power and importance of music. Projects like this are rare but vital and I am so fortunate to have been a part of the Nevis Ensemble’s inaugural tour. From my experience in the orchestra, I have learnt that the arts are special, not just to those who take part through performing, but more importantly to those communities that rarely have the opportunity to hear high quality music performed live.
We surprised people in shopping centres, popped up in a woods for an unsuspecting audience of children and their families, had what felt like an orchestral party in Craignish Village Hall, and my favourite of all was the truly poignant concert for service users of Glasgow Night Shelter. These are only some of the incredible highlights of a mammoth tour of over 70 concerts in 2 weeks; from which I remember every single one vividly. Thank you Nevis for helping prove that music really matters.’
Jenny Akroyd, saxophone
‘Nevis Ensemble far exceeded my expectations for a musical and social challenge. The experience left me wanting more and inspired me to encourage my pupils to play more music, listen to more music and to take music into any and all settings, to share the joy and creativity that music brings.’
Sally Webb, viola
‘Nevis is fun, wild, exhilarating, exhausting, fulfilling, satisfying, crucial, worthwhile, rewarding. I think it’s SO important what we are doing. Some of the testimonials speak for us of course, but the impact we can have on people’s lives really highlights why we do what we do. If we can make one person’s day brighter, surely it’s worth it? And I don’t think it’s an understatement that bringing music to people can save lives. Absolutely crucial to keep music accessible to everyone!’
Seb Marshall, clarinet