Hello! I played cello with the Nevis Ensemble from its inaugural tour in the Summer of 2018 until December 2019; I thought I’d get down some of my thoughts and reflections on the time I spent playing as a member of the orchestra.
Nevis Ensemble cellist, Heidi van der Swaagh, speaks about. and performs the first and third of Kummer’s Cello Duets Op. 22 as part of our Living Room Ensemble project, alongside her husband and fellow cellist Matthias van der Swaagh. During the COVID-19 crisis, we will continue into our mission to bring music to everyone, everywhere.
Long days; loading and unloading the coach several times a day; gigs in cramped venues; setting up and dismantling a drum kit five or six times a day; outdoor performances in cold and/or windy conditions perhaps with rain threatening; meals at funny times; and performing without the chance to test the acoustic are all in a day’s work for the Nevis Ensemble.
It’s now almost a year since I was picked up by Street Orchestra Live (SOL) for my first experience touring with a pop-up orchestra, as a last-minute addition to their summer tour of the North-East of England. I had no real idea of what I had signed up for, but as soon as the first performance was underway, I was hooked, and I could tell that this was something different.
I have played in more than a hundred concerts with Nevis Ensemble across Scotland in the past year, each one a special and unique experience. But, thinking back on them all, I’d like to share two performances that have stood out to me.
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