Ensemble Thing: Independence

20 September 2014

Ensemble Thing in rehearsal

I spent this week with Ensemble Thing, producing their preview performance of Independence by John De Simone.

Ensemble Thing in rehearsal

The work explores the cultural identity of its composer, a half-Scottish / half-Italian raised in England but now resident in Scotland, whose grandfather was a founder of the Scottish National Party.

Ensemble Thing in rehearsal

After rehearsals at the RCS, the performance took place at the Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow on the night before the independence referendum.

Ensemble Thing in rehearsal

The work blended electronic bagpipe drones, traditional Scottish tunes and John talking about his family and their role in the SNP. It was all held together by some great playing from the band.

Ensemble Thing in rehearsal

Like the referendum itself, we had a pleasantly large turnout!

The audience at the Old Hairdresser's

The piece will be performed again at the Sound Festival on Saturday 1st November at 1pm in Aberdeen Art Gallery. Like the independence debate itself, this isn’t over!

The band take a bow

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