20th-Century Perspectives

20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces and Strings is an ambitious site-specific, collaboration with visual artist Toby Paterson. Scottish Ensemble will perform specially curated sets of 20th-century string music in a newly created environment built by Paterson for the event.

Held in an unconventional Glasgow location, exact details of the venue will be released over the summer.  Performed on two consecutive nights – 12 & 13 September 2014 – tickets are available from the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) box office. Click here to book for 12 and here to book for 13 September.

We’ve produced a short film about the project which you can view by clicking here.

As further details are announced we’ll share them on this page.

If you have questions about the event please contact the Scottish Ensemble office on 0141 332 4747 or email office@scottishensemble.co.uk


Read more about 20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces and Strings via the first of three blogs by photographer Tommy Ga-Ken Wan by clicking here


The venue for 20th-Century Perspectives is the Anderston Centre. Designed by Richard Seifert and completed in 1972 it is an important Glasgow Modernist landmark.

The building was a key part of the city’s urban renewal project during the 1950s-70s but since then some elements have been demolished or replaced.  20th-Century Perspectives will take place in an abandoned section of the building not normally accessible to the general public.

In his work Toby Paterson draws on the ideas of architects who were inspired by the Modernist movement.  The legacy of these ideas has had a significant impact on Glasgow’s built environment and Paterson’s work explores these, hinting at the social, economic and political principles that underpinned the movement.

Within this striking setting Scottish Ensemble will perform music that spans the 20th-century, from Elgar to Stravinsky; from Prokofiev toXenakis; from Britten to Erkki-Sven Tüür. SE’s Artistic Director Jonathan Morton is passionate about programming and performing this powerful, immediate music for strings. This project is a major part of SE’s celebration of his 10th anniversary as leader and artistic director.