Venues

‘Amazing performance. Our audience are from a range of backgrounds that traditionally may not attend orchestral performances and the performers were brilliant at engaging them and capturing their attention. The orchestra really filled up the space, it felt as though there was no barrier between the audience and performers.’
The Hidden Gardens, Glasgow

‘The audience participation with children was excellent, and the infectious enthusiasm from the musicians and conductor that had everyone on their feet in the last few numbers. It was uplifting, unforgettable and a seriously good time.’
Craignish Village Hall, Argyll and Bute

‘A really good and dynamic development for the music and wider arts scene. Great to be able to see/hear such a large orchestra in random and non-arts venue settings. A great new addition to the cultural landscape of Scotland.’
Merchant City Festival, Glasgow

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‘They were all very down to earth and genuine. Working in a Home where a high number of residents suffer with cognitive impairments and illness (stroke, dementia etc.), I witnessed the positive effects that the musical performance had on the residents. I sat with one lady who has severe anxiety and whose mood has been very low of late. However, as soon as the music began, her demeanour changed and she transformed with enthusiasm and delight at the songs, recognising songs familiar to her and finding reassurance in this, enabling her to enjoy and benefit from the music. Witnessing the residents smile and fell included in a wider context is always a positive and welcomed outcome.’
Glasgow Erskine Home, Glasgow

‘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

‘I was astounded to see an audience of some 50 people, of all ages, local people, Syrian families, people in wheelchairs, and others with additional needs. The feedback from the audience has been brilliant – everybody I spoke to loved the performance in general, the high standard of performance, the dynamics and atmosphere in particular. The audience left the concert with smiles on their faces.  One local man stopped me a few days later in the street and said that it was amazing and fantastic to have had this performance here in Craigmillar.’
Craigmillar Community Council, Edinburgh

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‘I found the musicians to be entirely approachable and that they engaged effectively and fully with our service user group. Mingling and having a bite of lunch with our guests was an excellent way of achieving this. They were unique, vibrant, entertaining, and full of vitality and flexibly responsive to suit the needs and environment where they might be assembled. Helped to break down some barriers in more ways than one and this was a great positive for us.’
Glasgow Lodging House Mission, Glasgow

‘Surpassed expectations – introduced visitors to new kinds of music, familiar songs played on instruments, live performance, and international musicians.  It was surprising, lively, interactive and fun.  Great to see the museum space used in a new way e.g. trumpets up on bridge.’
Riverside Museum, Glasgow

‘They were all so approachable! All of the Ensemble took the time to say hello and speak after the performance too. They were very relaxed around the members of the audience and seemed genuinely interested in finding out more. The service users and staff particularly enjoyed the slower piece of music were members of the orchestra used bubbles. Everyone loved the Abba piece at the end. This was made even more special by the orchestra singing and dancing and encouraging the audience to sing along.’
Port Seton Resource Centre, East Lothian

‘Fantastic and really looking forward to more performances in the future. Bringing music to the people and not people to the music fits so well with people who have an illness like Dementia. Music plays such an important part in invoking memories. To see someone’s face light up when they recognise a tune and are able to be so closely involved with the musician that is creating that tune, a therapeutic approach which stimulates and provides an overall sensory experience. The whole concept also brings music to those who would not normally have access or would be restricted due to affordability or ill health.’
Alzheimer Scotland, East Dunbartonshire