Performances

Nevis Ensemble will embark on its inaugural tour between 31 July and 13 August 2018, taking in 70 performances in an intense fortnight of music for Festival 2018, the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. As well as Glasgow, the orchestra shall give performances in Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh City, Highland, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, Scottish Border, South Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, and West Lothian.

Conducted by Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves, the programme shall include a brand new commission by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland composer, Matthew Grouse.

Other repertoire shall include excerpts from Stravinsky’s Firebird and Wagner’s Die Walküre, Bartók’s Romanian Dances, Sibelius’ Waltz Triste, Judith Weir’s Still, Glowing and Neil Smith’s Cyched, as well as pop and jazz arrangements, some rip-roaring ceilidh music, and perhaps even a bit of Proclaimers as well.

Come and join us at one or more of our performances, and enjoy what promises to be an amazing fortnight of music-making across Scotland.

This tour is supported generously by Festival 2018, Creative Scotland and the Hugh Fraser Foundation.

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Gibson Hall

Date: July 31, 2018

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Location: Garelochhead, Argyll and Bute

A community performance for the people in the village of Garelochhead.

FREE

Faslane Peace Camp

Date: July 31, 2018

Time: 16:00 - 16:45

Location: Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute

A performance at the world’s longest running peace camp, opposite Faslane Naval Base.

FREE

Britannia Panopticon

Date: July 31, 2018

Time: 19:00 - 20:30

Location: Trongate, Glasgow

The official launch of Nevis Ensemble, and the 2018 August tour in this iconic Glasgow venue – the world’s oldest surviving music hall.

INVITATION ONLY

Glasgow Central Station

Date: August 1, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 11:45

Location: Gordon Street, Glasgow

A morning performance to liven up the morning commute in a space integral to most Glaswegians and visitors alike – Glasgow Central Station.

FREE

Nan Mackay Memorial Hall

Date: August 1, 2018

Time: 13:15 - 14:15

Location: St John's Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow

An intimate lunch and concert for the service users of Nan MacKay Memorial Hall, which has been serving the Pollokshields community for 35 years.

FREE, but please contact info@nanmackay.co.uk if you are not connected with the centre but would like to attend.

House for an Art Lover

Date: August 1, 2018

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Location: Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

A fun-filled performance at Bellahouston Park’s wonderful House for an Art Lover, dedicated to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The performance will be part of an event to open a new children’s sculpture in the park.

FREE

George Square

Date: August 1, 2018

Time: 17:00 - 17:30

Location: George Square, Glasgow

Join us for the official opening of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships at George Square, with a number of other Festival 2018 acts and projects.

TICKETED available from glasgow2018.com/festival from 30 May 2018

City Chambers

Date: August 1, 2018

Time: 18:00 - 18:30

Location: City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow

Nevis performs at the official Opening Reception of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

PRIVATE EVENT

Gartnavel Royal Hospital

Date: August 1, 2018

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Location: Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow

A performance for the residents and families of Gartnavel Hospital’s psychiatric ward.

PRIVATE PERFORMANCE 

Alzheimer Scotland

Date: August 2, 2018

Time: 10:30 - 11:15

Location: Tickled Trout, Milngavie

Open to the public but geared towards local service users of Alzheimer Scotland in East Dunbartonshire.

FREE

Glasgow Lodging House Mission

Date: August 2, 2018

Time: 12:30 - 13:30

Location: East Campbell Street, Glasgow

A lunchtime concert for the service users of the Glasgow Lodging House Mission, which has been helping to provide care and support to homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded people, for around 100 years.

FREE, but please contact enquiries@lhm-glasgow.org.uk if you are not connected with the centre but would like to attend.

Glasgow Green Yoga

Date: August 2, 2018

Time: 15:30 - 16:30

Location: Glasgow Green, Glasgow

In collaboration with Studio 70 Yoga, Nevis shall lead an open-air yoga session where the orchestra shall be amongst participants as they enjoy a unique yoga experience. Open to novices and the more advanced, this promises to be a highlight of Glasgow Green’s 2018 activity.

FREE but bring a yoga mat if participating (or enjoy the grass!)

George Square

Date: August 2, 2018

Time: 18:00 - 19:00

Location: George Square, Glasgow

Nevis returns to George Square to entertain festival goers at the Festival 2018 Live Zone.

FREE

Kelburn Castle

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 10:30 - 11:15

Location: Fairlie, near Largs, Ayrshire

A lovely morning concert at the iconic Kelburn Castle near Largs. The graffiti-covered home of the Earl of Glasgow has been named as one of the world’s top street art spots following the ‘Graffiti Project’ by Nunca, Nina and Gemeos from Brazil.

FREE although entrance fees to Kelburn Castle and Country Estate may apply

Saltcoats Town Centre

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 12:50 - 13:20

Location: Saltcoats, North Ayrshire

A pop-up performance outside the newly revamped Saltcoats Town Hall in this seaside town.

FREE

Auchenharvie Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 13:40 - 14:10

Location: Stevenston, North Ayrshire

An orchestral performance in a swimming pool; it doesn’t get any more Nevis than this. At the adjoining ice-rink perhaps a rendition of Bolero will bring out the next Torvill and Dean…

FREE

Stevenston Cross

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 14:30 - 15:00

Location: Stevenston, North Ayrshire

A pop-up performance for the local community at Stevenston Cross.

FREE

CentreStage

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 16:00 - 17:00

Location: James Little Street, Kilmarnock

A performance for the CentreStage community, and the diverse groups the organisation works with, as well the general public.

FREE

New Lanark

Date: August 3, 2018

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Location: The Institute, New Lanark, South Lanarkshire

Hosted by Music in Lanark, in the beautiful surroundings of the UNESO World Heritage-listed New Lanark.

ENTRY BY DONATION

Erskine Home

Date: August 4, 2018

Time: 10:30 - 11:15

Location: Bishopton, REnfrewshire

A performance for the residents and families of the Erskine Home in Bishopton, a residential care home for veterans from the UK’s armed forces.

PRIVATE PERFORMANCE 

The Croft

Date: August 4, 2018

Time: 13:30 - 14:30

Location: Queen's Park Recreation Ground, Glasgow

A community gathering, barbecue and performance hosted by South Seeds, and taking place in The Croft (Queen’s Park Recreation Ground, just by Queen’s Park Bowling Club).

Open to everyone, the Croft shall be welcoming visitors between 1-3pm with open arms and a tasty barbecue with a performance at 1.30pm.

FREE

Refuweegee – Kinning Park Complex

Date: August 4, 2018

Time: 16:00 - 16:45

Location: Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow

The annual party and barbecue of Refuweegee, which welcomes New Scots to Glasgow with packs of cards, gifts and letters from Glaswegians, and lobbies to reduce the issues faced by many asylum seekers and refugees, this community event will be open to all.

FREE

The Space

Date: August 4, 2018

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Location: 257 London Road, Glasgow

The Space is Scotland’s first ‘pay what you feel’ venue, and acts as an accessible community hub for the east end of the city centre next to Glasgow Green. Open to the whole community, before the performance there shall be a communal meal from 6pm made from surplus stock from the city’s supermarkets (at a pay what you feel rate), with a Nevis performance from 7pm.

FREE

Dunoon Burgh Hall

Date: August 5, 2018

Time: 13:15 - 14:15

Location: 195 Argyll Street, Dunoon, Argyll and Bute

Nevis heads ‘doon the water’ for a performance in the seaside town of Dunoon in the newly refurbished Burgh Hall.

FREE

Auchindrain Township

Date: August 5, 2018

Time: 1530 - 1630

Location: Auchindrain, Inverary, Argyll and Bute

Just outside of Inverary, this performance will be at this museum of Scottish rural life – the country’s most complete example of a Scottish Highland township.

FREE entry fees to the museum may apply

Craignish Village Hall

Date: August 5, 2018

Time: 1830 - 1930

Location: Craignish

An early evening performance in Craignish Village Hall on the beautiful route along the West Coast towards Oban.

FREE

Ben Nevis

Date: August 6, 2018

Time: 11:30 - 12:30

Location: Ben Nevis, Fort William

We don’t know for sure, but we are almost certain Nevis must be the first orchestra to give a performance at the top of a mountain. And we thought we’d start big, by taking on the highest peak in the British Isles – Ben Nevis. We aim to give a performance at the summit at about 11.30am, but we can’t be exactly sure when we shall reach the summit.

There will be impromptu performances along the way by small groups, as well as the full 40-piece orchestra (well, 37-piece – we didn’t think we could force the double basses up!) at the summit.

FREE 

Edinburgh Waverley Station

Date: August 7, 2018

Time: 09:30 - 10:00

Location: Waverley Station, Edinburgh

Just in time for the end of rush hour, Nevis will take over Waverley Station for a short performance on the main concourse.

FREE

Edinburgh Airport

Date: August 7, 2018

Time: 11:15 - 11:45

Location: Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh

Giving a full Scottish welcome to the thousands of travellers who pass through Edinburgh Airport every day, Nevis shall give a 30 minute performance in the Arrivals area of the airport.

FREE

Jupiter Artland

Date: August 7, 2018

Time: 13:30 - 14:30

Location: Bonnington House Steadings, Edinburgh

Just outside Edinburgh in the amazing art park of Jupiter Artland, for this performance Nevis shall join with the Cheyne Gang, a choir for people with chronic respiratory illnesses. The performance shall be in the Steadings area, but in true Nevis style, we may take you around the collection.

FREE although entry fees to Jupiter Artland may apply

Richmond Craigmillar Church

Date: August 7, 2018

Time: 16:30 - 17:30

Location: Craigmillar, Edinburgh

A performance in one of Edinburgh’s most distinct communities, this shall be free and open for anyone to attend.

FREE

JUST Festival – St John’s Church

Date: August 7, 2018

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Location: Princes Street, Edinburgh

Located in one of Edinburgh’s most iconic churches, the JUST Festival is a celebration of peace, justice and equality running during Edinburgh’s festival month – the largest celebration of the arts in the world. Nevis shall feature as part of this year’s #OutsideIn programme.

TICKETED – £5

Dunbar Battery

Date: August 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Location: Dunbar Harbour, East Lothian

An outdoor performance in the wonderful new amphitheatre space at Dunbar Battery with wonderful views over the Forth to Bass Rock and beyond.

Port Seaton Resource Centre

Date: August 8, 2018

Time: 13:00 - 13:40

Location: South Seton Park, Port Seton, East Lothian

A relaxed performance for the whole community in this wonderful centre for adults with learning disabilities.

FREE

West Linton Village Green

Date: August 8, 2018

Time: 17:00 - 18:00

Location: Village Green, West Linton

A performance for the whole community in the picturesque Borders village of West Linton. Bring the whole family (including pets!) down to the Village Green.

FREE

Waverley Care (Workshop)

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Location: Queens Crescent, Glasgow

A music workshop with service users of Waverley Care, Scotland’s HIV support service.

PRIVATE

Waverley Care

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 12:30 - 13:30

Location: Queen's Crescent, Glasgow

A performance and barbecue lunch in beautiful gardens for the service users of Waverley Care and their guests.

PRIVATE EVENT

St Enoch Subway Station

Start date: August 9, 2018

End date: August 10, 2018

Time: 14:30 - 15:00

Location: St Enoch Square, Glasgow

A chamber music performance in Glasgow’s Subway – the third oldest underground train system in the world!

FREE

Kelvinbridge Subway Station

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 15:20 - 15:40

Location: Kelvinbridge, Glasgow

A chamber music performance on the Glasgow Subway – the third oldest underground train system in the world!

FREE

Govan Subway Station

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 15:50 - 16:10

Location: Govan, Glasgow

A chamber music performance on the Glasgow Subway – the third oldest underground train system in the world!

FREE

St Enoch Square

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 16:30 - 17:15

Location: St Enoch Square, Glasgow

A performance for shoppers and hard-working Glaswegians on their way home from work in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square.

FREE

Drumchapel Park

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 18:00 - 19:00

Location: Howgate Avenue, Glasgow

A community event with food and drink in lovely Drumchapel Park. Open to everyone.

FREE

Glasgow Night Shelter

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 21:00 - 22:00

Location: Glasgow

A performance to help support the work of Glasgow Night Shelter, which has been providing food and shelter to destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow 365 nights a year since 2011.

FREE but please get in touch if you would like to attend

Fred Paton Centre

Date: August 10, 2018

Time: 12:45 - 13:45

Location: Carrington Street, Glasgow

A lunchtime performance for the service users of the Fred Paton Centre for older people.

FREE for service users of Fred Paton Centre

Reidvale Adventure Playground

Date: August 10, 2018

Time: 14:45 - 15:30

Location: Garfield Street, Glasgow

A fun-filled afternoon of food from around Europe, with a performance from Nevis in the middle of the adventure playground.

FREE

Merchant City Festival

Date: August 10, 2018

Time: 16:00 - 16:30

Location: Glasgow

An outdoor performance as part of Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival.

FREE

Merchant City Festival

Date: August 10, 2018

Time: 16:45 - 17:15

Location: Glasgow

An outdoor performance as part of Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival.

FREE

Merchant City Festival

Date: August 10, 2018

Time: 17:30 - 18:00

Location: Glasgow

An outdoor performance as part of Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival.

FREE

Loch Lomond Shores

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 10:30 - 10:50

Location: Loch Lomond, West Dunbartonshire

Help us send off the competitors in the Open Water Swimming events of Glasgow 2018 with a performance on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

FREE

Balloch Park

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 11:05 - 11:25

Location: Balloch, West Dunbartonshire

A short performance to help get the crowds at Balloch’s Festival 2018 celebrations. Food, drink and fun for all the family!

FREE

Balloch Town Centre

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 11:35 - 12:05

Location: Balloch, West Dunbartonshire

A performance just beside Balloch Train Station. What a better way to arrive to the gateway of Loch Lomond for the Open Water Swimming events of Glasgow 2018.

FREE

Hidden Gardens

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 13:15 - 14:15

Location: Tramway, Glasgow

A packed summer afternoon celebrating 15 years of The Hidden Gardens. Featuring live music, picnic treats, opening of art installation, creative activities and much more! Bring a picnic, and invite your friends and neighbours.

FREE

Children’s Wood

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 16:00 - 17:00

Location: Kelbourne Street, Glasgow

A wonderful community effort to buy North Kelvin Meadow from Glasgow City Council has resulted in the Children’s Wood, and this will be a lovely performance in the forest followed by food and drink. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

FREE

St Mary’s Church

Date: August 11, 2018

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Location: Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire

In partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, this performance is a Musical Memories ‘Big Sing’ open to all in the community in a Dementia Friendly Environment.

FREE

George Square

Date: August 12, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 11:45

Location: George Square, Glasgow

Join us on George Square, one of Festival 2018’s official sites, for our final visit of the tour.

FREE

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Date: August 12, 2018

Time: 12:30 - 13:15

Location: Argyle Street, Glasgow

A performance in the spectacular surroundings of Glasgow’s flagship museum and art gallery.

FREE

Woodlands Community Garden

Date: August 12, 2018

Time: 14:30 - 15:30

Location: Ashley Street, Glasgow

Join us for a barbecue picnic and performance in the wonderful Woodlands Community Garden, another great example of disused space reclaimed for public use.

FREE

Glasgow Music Studios Music Moments Festival

Date: August 12, 2018

Time: 17:30 - 18:00

Location: Osbourne Street, Glasgow

Part of Glasgow Music Studio’s Festival 2018 activities, Music Moments will take over Glasgow’s Saltmarket near the route of the Glasgow 2018 Men’s Road Race.

FREE

Kelvin Hall

Date: August 13, 2018

Time: 10:00 - 10:45

Location: Argyle Street, Glasgow

A morning performance in one of Glasgow’s key sporting and cultural centres, looking even more impressive after an extensive renovation.

FREE

Riverside Museum

Date: August 13, 2018

Time: 12:00 - 12:45

Location: Pointhouse Place, Glasgow

A performance at the spectacular Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum overlooking the Tall Ship, the Clyde and over to Govan.

FREE

Glasgow Erskine Home

Date: August 13, 2018

Time: 15:00 - 16:00

Location: Anniesland, Glasgow

An afternoon tea performance for the resident’s of Glasgow’s Erskine Home.

PRIVATE PERFORMANCE

East Pollokshields Quad

Date: August 13, 2018

Time: 17:30 - 18:30

Location: Nithsdale Road, Glasgow

A community performance, with food, fun and frolics in this hidden park behind Pollokshield’s Nithsdale Road.

FREE

All The Young Nudes

Date: August 13, 2018

Time: 20:15 - 21:00

Location: tbc

A life drawing class with a live orchestra. What better way to finish Nevis’ first tour. Come with an artistic disposition, and perhaps even some of the orchestra might be willing to model.

TICKETED see ATYN for more details