The Cottier Chamber Project

Thursday May 3, 2012

Following the artistic success of its first year in 2011, The Cottier Chamber Project, hosted by the creative Scottish ensemble Daniel’s Beard, will once again form a major part of Glasgow’s West End Festival in 2012.

WIth 22 different ensembles taking part in 28 concerts, the Cottier Chamber Project is believed to be the largest chamber music festival in the UK. The series, supported by Creative Scotland, the W.M.Mann Foundation and Enterprise Music Scotland, will take place from June 1st - 22nd 2012, in one of the West End’s most popular venues, Cottier’s Theatre.   With a concert every day at 6.30pm, and afternoon and late night events at weekends, alongside a discount in the Cottier’s Restaurant for ticket holders, the series  plays a key role in the West End Festival’s programme.

Included in the festival will be talks from some of Scotland’s leading musical figures, including internationally renowned contemporary composer James MacMillan and the inside story from two well-known Scottish music journalists and broadcasters, Michael Tumelty (The Herald, BBC Radio Scotland)and Tom Service (The Guardian, BBC Radio 3).  Topics covered will include Religion and Music and Music Education, with each talk including a Pecha Kucha-inspired presentation from the speakers.

The Cottier Chamber Project features exclusively Scottish-based ensembles, spanning traditional music through to contemporary works.  Programmes will include works by Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, Janacek, Martinu, Wilson through to Scottish composers Sally Beamish and James MacMillan. Star pianists Steven Osborne and Alasdair Beatson join the soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, while The Alastair Savage Trio, Kris Drever Trio and Moishe’s Bagel provide a taste of folk music.

Other ensembles featuring include a prize winning ensemble from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, piano trios the Art Trio and the Da Vinci Trio, string quartets the Maxwell Quartet and the Fejes Quartet, wind quintet Arctic Winds, brass quintet Alba Brass, who will also perform the winning piece from the West End Festival Composition Competition, mixed groups the Solway Trio, Antonine Trio, Hebrides Ensemble and contemporary specialists Red Note Ensemble.  There will also be return visits from Sax Ecosse and baroque ensemble The Dunedin Consort and Players, whilst the Scottish Ensemble are joined by harp virtuoso Catrin Finch.

For more information, please contact:

Andy Saunders, Artistic Director  07794 159214


Available from 14 March from:

or Cottiers Theatre Box Office 0141 357 4000

Advance purchases £7, tickets on the door £9

Student tickets (£5) and under 16s (free) only available on the door, with the exception of the Childrens’ Classic Concerts event on the 2nd June (£7 adults, £5 children, £9/£6 on the day).

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Cottiers Theatre,  93 - 95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PU

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