National Chamber Music Day 2015 took place on Saturday the 19th September.
This year’s National Chamber Music Day was bigger and better than ever, with over 60 musicians and 23 promoters taking part. There were over 30 events taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland stretching from the Highlands & Islands to the Borders.
EMS teamed up with local chamber music promoters and over 60 musicians to promote chamber music in a fun and engaging way to the passing public, with concerts in some amazing places including galleries, museums, shops, hospitals, garden centres and even on a ferry!
This was the fourth time EMS have hosted National Chamber Music Day building upon previous year’s success in promoting chamber music to new audiences, raising awareness of local chamber music promoters and providing paid performance opportunities for chamber musicians.
One of the new strands to the day was two roving ensembles. The trio Granny Green having a ‘Granny Green Grand Day Out’, performed all over the central belt making appearances by the Forth Rail Bridge, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies! Trombone quartet, Slide Too Far, enjoyed their version of a Glasgow pub-crawl treating the regulars to some brass with their beer!
As well as promoting classical chamber music, ensembles collaborated and performed with music and dance groups to celebrate the arts across a diverse range of communities. The Sinopia String Quartet performed at Glasgow Gurdwara and Simon Thacker and the Roxburgh Quartet appeared alongside international music and dance artists from Maryhill Integration Network at Maryhill Community Centre. The final event of the day saw western classical music meet eastern classical dance as the Edinburgh Quartet and Dance Ihayami performed together at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Leith.