Since its formation in 2008, Red Note Ensemble has taken up a leadership position as Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, performing and developing both an extensive, highly-varied and critically-acclaimed programme of new music.

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

Red Note is Associate Contemporary Ensemble at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, an Associate Company of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and Associate Ensemble of the soundfestival Aberdeen. Founded in 2008 by Scottish cellist Robert Irvine, it is directed by John Harris (Chief Executive and Artistic Co-Director) and Robert Irvine (Artistic Co-Director) and led by violinist Jackie Shave.

Red Note performs the established classics of contemporary music; commissions new music; develops the work of new and emerging composers from around the world; and finds new spaces and new ways of performing contemporary music to attract new audiences. Red Note’s work in 2016 includes a Reels to Ragas tour of the Highlands and Islands with Indian tabla player Kuljit Bhamra, a new string quartet for invented instruments by Francois Sarhan, and a largescale co-production and tour of Europe with Antwerpbased wind ensemble I Solisti.

Red Note Ensemble’s blistering account of three radical masterpieces….a magnificent achievement in dazzling venue” David Kettle, The Scotsman

Red Note Ensemble is a Scottish success story.” Anna Picard, The Times

Red Note Ensemble, superb Scottish specialists in the contemporary, deliver ever piece with precision and relish.” BBC Music Magazine

(Red Note’s pianist) Simon Smith knocked off outrageously elaborate figuration as though a tune on a pub piano.” Paul Driver, Sunday Times

Meet the team

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Robert Irvine

Cellist Robert Irvine is the artistic co-director of Red Note. He has worked in a hugely wide variety of musical areas, including cellist in the Brindisi and Kyle string quartets, principal cello with Scottish opera and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, member of the Da Vinci Piano Trio and artistic director of the Chamber Group Of Scotland.

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Jacqueline Shave

Violinist Jacqueline Shave is the Leader of the Red Note Ensemble. She lead the Brindisi Quartet for 15 years and the Schubert Ensemble from 1989-94, and has been leader of the Britten Sinfonia since 2005. She has also appeared as guest leader with the London Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble, BBC SSO and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, amongst others.

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John Harris

Composer John Harris is artistic co-director and chief executive of the Red Note Ensemble. He was previously artistic director of the Paragon Ensemble and general manager of the Hebrides Ensemble. His work includes operas, chamber music, theatre music and music for film, including work for Scottish Opera, the Sound Festival Aberdeen, Tapestry Opera Toronto, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Channel 4.

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