Scottish Ensemble: Common Sound

18:00 + 20:00, 23 Oct

What’s special about live music?

Why do we gather together to listen to it?

What part does the audience play in a live performance?

Why not…just stay at home and stick a recording on?

During Common Sound Scottish Ensemble will be exploring these questions through live performance and conversation, guided by BBC 6 Music DJ and Psychotherapist Nemone.

Alongside thought-provoking words from Nemone, they’ll be playing short sets that will range from gut-wrenchingly beautiful Bach through to hypnotic Steve Reich, as well as music by Jonny Greenwood and Caroline Shaw.

As we gather again for live performance this is a timely and powerful reminder of what it means to gather on Common Sound.


  • Wojciech Kilar Orawa
  • Jonny Greenwood Proven Lands
  • Steve Reich Excerpts from Triple Quartet
  • François Couperin Les Barricades Mystérieuses
  • JS Bach Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott
  • Caroline Shaw The Orangery from Plan and Elevation
  • Peter Sculthorpe Estatico from Third Sonata for Strings



This performance will be socially distanced with the venue operating with a limited capacity.



This performance will operate with a normal capacity but we’ll still be observing pandemic protocols including enhanced building cleaning and kindly requesting guests to wear face coverings if they can.