Dance Music: Scottish Ensemble collaborates with outstanding musicians Malin Broman (violin) and Rick Stotijn (double bassist) for the final concert of its 2018/19 season

23 - 30 May 2019
Venues across Scotland

For the final concert of its 2018/19 season, Scottish Ensemble will collaborate with two exceptional musicians for a concert celebrating works from throughout the classical repertoire, written with dancing in mind.

Dance Music is a joyful sashay through a host of pieces written with our feet in mind; an assortment of deliciously rhythmic music from across centuries, continents and traditions.

The concert will be guest directed by Swedish violinist Malin Broman. A versatile, sought-after soloist and chamber musician, Malin is currently Leader of the Swedish Radio Orchestra as well as a member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, former member of the Nash Ensemble, and soloist with high-profile groups across Europe.

Virtuosic double bassist Rick Stotijn will join Malin as the second soloist in a special arrangement of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons Of Buenos Aires – his undeniably infectious take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Pulsating with the dance rhythms of Latin America, in this arrangement by Marijn van Prooijen, Malin and Rick will shine as soloists on violin and double bass respectively in a performance of fiery colour and crackling rhythmic brio.

SE will also perform a selection of waltzes, serenades and more, including the breathless tarantella of Schubert’s Death and The Maiden, lively dances from Purcell’s Fairy Queen suite, and movements from Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge.

Dance Music calls at six venues across the length and breadth of Scotland: Dundee’s Caird Hall,  Aberdeen’s Music Hall, Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, Inverness’s Eden Court and Theatre Royal in Dumfries.

The tour ends with a performance – and three-day Residency – as part of this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival. Scottish Ensemble Residencies see the group set up camp in different regions across Scotland, delivering events in conjunction with local partners, with the aim of taking music out of the concert hall and bringing it to as broad a range of people as possible. As well as bringing Dance Music to Theatre Royal on Thu 30 May, Scottish Ensemble will perform the closing collaboration of the festival on Sun 2 June. Home and Horizon, curated by Alison Burns, brings a selection of Scotland’s top musicians together in a concert exploring the theme of journeys, travel and home. Alongside the two concerts, SE will collaborate with members of the community, local musicians, artists, students and more on a range of events – see for the full programme.

About the performers

Malin Broman will join SE as guest director for this concert. An award-winning and versatile performer, Malin is equally in demand as a soloist, director, leader and chamber musician. As well as Leader of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (SRSO) and engagements across the world as soloist, Malin is passionate about chamber music. A founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, she was also a member of the Nash Ensemble for many years, and her progressive work in the field includes establishing Change (previously the Kungsbacka Chamber Music Festival) and the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble (see below).

Double bassist Rick Stotijn is equally a musician dedicated to showcasing the possibilities of his instrument; a sought-after soloist, regularly performing with groups including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Rick has also collaborated with numerous musicians and composers to champion the double bass.

Malin and Rick are long-time musical collaborators; as well as playing together in the SRSO (in which Rick has been Principal double bassist), they recently performed the premiere of Britta Byström’s double concerto Infinite Rooms (conducted by David Afkam). They are also co-founders of the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble, combining their passions for re-defining what the concert experience can be, through concept-driven programmes which explore the similarities and differences of music across all periods and styles – from Purcell to Dylan, Messiaen to Radiohead.