News & Events

Bach to Benny Goodman

The Scottish Clarinet Quartet return to the Edinburgh Fringe to present the much-loved music of JS Bach, reimagined for multiple clarinets and infused with swing jazz, funk and improvisation. Works include JS Bach: Air on the G String, Mark-Anthony Turnage: A Deviant Fantasy (after Bach’s Pièce d’Orgue), and Alec Templeton: Bach Goes to Town! ‘Making […]

Hidden Door

We’re all highly thrilled to be joining prizewinning poet Rachel Plummer for a performance of spoken word, music, and video at Edinburgh’s innovative Hidden Door Festival. This year’s festival is taking place in the Old Leith Theatre, which will be brought back to life with a huge range of art installations and live performances. The […]

Scottish Clarinet Quartet in Celtic Connections

SCQ is excited to be performing in Glasgow’s The Glad Cafe this Saturday 28th January, as part of the city’s Celtic Connections festival. The group will be performing works by Australian and Scottish composers, alongside the well-known Australian clarinettist Ros Dunlop, who has been a tireless champion of new music Down Under for her whole […]

Annini Tsiouti (piano)

We are looking forward to collaborating with virtuoso pianist Annini Tsiouti, in a concert featuring the music of Glasgow-based composer Graham Hair, paired with Felix Mendelssohn’s Concert Pieces for Clarinet, Basset Horn and Piano. Annini Tsiouti studied piano and chamber music at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and at the Conservatoire Debussy. She […]

New Soundcloud Set

We’ve put together a Soundcloud mix of the pieces featuring in our concerts next weekend – Friday 25th in Abbotsford and Sunday 27th in the Wigtown Book Festival. Do have a listen!

Crawford Logan

We’re absolutely delighted that actor Crawford Logan will be joining us for our forthcoming events at Abbotsford (25th September) and the Wigtown Book Festival (27th September). Crawford is a very familiar voice to listeners of BBC Radio (Paul Temple, The Archers, and dozens of radio plays), and has just finished a successful run at the […]

Tom David Wilson ‘Wringhim His Demons’

Tom David Wilson’s new piece for the Scottish Clarinet Quartet, scored for four bass clarinets, was directly inspired by James Hogg’s novel ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner’. The composer writes – “The Brocken Spectre is but one instance in the book of the exploration of the idea of the doppelganger; the […]

Francine Trester ‘Many Miles Away… Five Quotations from Sir Walter Scott’

In common with many of her works, Francine Trester’s piece for the Scottish Clarinet Quartet found its inspiration in poetry, in this case the writings of Sir Walter Scott. Each of its five movements is prefixed by an epigraph. Prologue “Many miles away there’s a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore […]

James Kelty Portrait

Artist James Kelty‘s wonderful new portrait of the group, seen in rehearsals for Francine Trester’s piece Many Miles Away… Five Quotations from Sir Walter Scott.  

Assisi Concert Review in ‘Clarinet and Saxophone’

The Scottish Clarinet Quartet’s recital in the Sala delle Volte’s generous undercroft acoustic featured a new version of Judith Weir’s Sketches from a Bagpiper’s Album… this effective arrangement by Alex South [is] a successful addition to the quartet repertoire… Alex South’s take on the Lament over the Sea on bass clarinet with the accompanying clarinets lapping […]