Red Note Ensemble


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Red Note is Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, dedicated to developing and performing contemporary music to the highest standards, and taking the music out to audiences around and beyond Scotland.

We were founded in 2008 by Scottish cellist Robert Irvine, and we are directed by John Harris (Chief Executive and Artistic Co-Director) and Robert Irvine (Artistic Co-Director).

We perform the established classics of contemporary music; we commission new music; we develop the work of new and emerging composers from around the world; and we find new spaces and new ways of performing contemporary music to attract new audiences. Our performing ensemble is drawn from the deep talent pool of Scottish new music expertise, and we count amongst our players some of the very finest performers working in the UK today.

Red Note made its debut in May 2008 with a recording of Eddie McGuire’s Carrochan suite for Delphian records, and since then ensemble has rapidly gained profile and support.

We undertake a Spring and Autumn season each year in Scotland comprising tours, site-specific work and collaborations with other companies, and we run a regular new music series showcasing the work of new composers (Noisy Nights and Noisy Words) in partnership with the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. We are also extensively involved in the education sector, particularly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, at Glasgow University and in collaboration with Woodend Barn and the Sound Festival, Aberdeen. We also actively collaborate and create new work with companies abroad.

We are delighted to be Associate Contemporary Ensemble at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and an Associate Company of the Traverse Theatre.

Please contact us if you would like find out more about our work, who we are and what we do.

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