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David Kettle from the Scotsman Reviews: FLOCK (as part of soundfestival 2023)

FLOCK packed in charm, delight and a nicely developing exploration of birdsong and flight.

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Liam Cagney from Gramophone reviews: James Dillon’s ‘Emblemata: Carnival’ & ‘Tanz/haus’

“All gratitude to Red Note Ensemble who, in high-definition audio, perform (James Dillon’s) commissioned works with razor precision” 


Seth Colter Walls from the New York Times reviews: James Dillon: ‘Tanz/haus: triptych’

“The first movement alone shows Dillon’s penchant for drama and finely judged blends. […] European complexity? American Minimalism? The categories aren’t…


Hugh Morris from The Guardian Reviews: hcmf 2021

Red Note Ensemble review – manic intensity and the altar of flow. Through the 40-minute work, members of Red Note…


David Kettle from the Scotsman Reports: sub mari. 2021

sub mari:the music project that grew out of an avocado. Ahead of COP26, a multimedia performance devised by the Red Note Ensemble will bring together artists from Scotland and Chile to send an urgent message about climate change.


David Kettle from The Scotsman reviews: unbound sound June 2021

With three world premieres from the Red Note Ensemble – on cracking form – it was most in the audience’s first experience of live music for several months, and there was expectation in the air.


Keith Bruce from The Herald reviews: Eight Songs for a Mad King

There was surely far too much good work in this staging of a fifty-year-old masterpiece for it to remain a one-off.

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VoxCarnyx reviews Sound Festival 2020

Ben Lunn’s profound Th’forst munth is th’wurst iv awl, a contemporary spoken-word oratorio in which the composer conducted a trio from the Red Note Ensemble and narrator Tayo Aluko appeared on screen above the musicians. The three players, flautist Richard Craig, Jessica Beeston on viola and guitarist Sasha Savaloni, also had to turn their skills to intricate percussion as well as being experts on their own instruments. Lunn’s work is beautifully structured: nine movements in three groups of three, with an Overture and two Electronic Interludes, and it builds its smaller elements into an impressive edifice.

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David Kettle from The Scotsman reviews: Sound festival 2019

The collaboration between oboist Sergio Vega Dominguez and cellist Martin Storey of the Red Note five emerging Scottish-based composers on Saturday lunchtime (****) threw up some affecting works. Polaroid for Chris Marker and Kevin Leomo’s Silhouettes melded the two instruments’ sounds to ear-Ewan Mackay’s beautifully crafted pastoral Over the Far Horizon was sensitive and darkly lyrical. They’re watch, helped on their way by the nurturing partnerships that sound places at the heart of its work.

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Lammermuir Festival reviews: The Hebrides Ensemble & the Red Note Ensemble

Red Note Ensemble offered an equally illuminating collision of music by John Adams and young Liverpool-born composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson.


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