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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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David Kettle from The Scotsman reviews Sound Festival 2018

“But the work that most perfectly combined seriousness of purpose with playful delivery – and which also continued sound’s celebrations…

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Catriona Stewart from The Evening Times article on our New Music Makers project

Lourdes Secondary School pupils in tune as they get masterclass from professional composer.

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The Guardian’s Andrew Clements reviews hcmf//40 Dillon

“Forty years after its modest beginnings, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is still welcoming distinctive and daring voices.”

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The Herald’s Kate Molleson reviews hcmf//40 Dillon

“The premiere was delivered with superb focus and intensity by Scotland’s top contemporary music ensemble, Red Note, who seem incapable…

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5against4 reviews hcmf//40 Aeolian

“Red Note Ensemble’s performance of their installation piece Aeolian…worked magic: never have I seen and heard such a kaleidoscopic panoply…

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The Telegraph’s Ivan Hewett reviews hcmf//40 Dillon

“Best of all these acoustic/instrumental pieces was James Dillon’s fascinating Tanz/haus, sensitively performed by Red Note Ensemble. 4 stars.

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Seen and Heard International review 13 Vices at Southbank Centre

Claire Seymour said “The three string players, including founding member of Red Note Ensemble, …played with utter commitment, assurance and…

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