When I first decided to do improvisations on endangered species my first thought was: ‘That sounds fun’ and I made the decision very quickly. Only afterwards did I think about  the reality of doing 100 improvisations in 100 days! I hope to give people (and myself) a snapshot of a variety of threatened species as well as push myself to learn how to improvise, which as a bassoonist is a new skill!

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Nevis Ensemble Marketing and PR Assistant, Isaac Boothman chats with Nevis cellist, Cameron Smith

How did you end up in Nevis Ensemble?

I joined Nevis back in December 2019 and was part of the December tour before 2020 came crashing down on all of us. I heard about the ensemble from colleagues of mine at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and really struck a chord with me about the work to bring classical music to people and performing in uncommon spaces outside of the concert hall.

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Nevis viola player, Sagnick Mukherjee received support from our Directors’ Fund in 2020 to carry out a research project on Indian polymath Rabindranath Tagore. Here, Sagnick writes about his findings so far.

Rabindranath Tagore was a poet, playwright, author, composer, artist, and educationist who reshaped the cultural landscape of South Asia in the late 19th and early 20th century as an exponent of the Bengali Renaissance. My aim for this project is to transcribe some of his music, study various recordings of his works, and further explore these musical ideas on violin.

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