Association of British Orchestras

Red Note Ensemble

Contact details

Room 136, Artist Block Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place Edinburgh
Red Note Ensemble is Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble. We develop, perform, present and find new audiences for new music within Scotland, the UK and internationally.

The Ensemble was founded in 2008 by Scottish cellistRobert Irvine, and is directed by John Harris (Chief Executive and Artistic Co-Director) and Robert Irvine (Artistic Co-Director). The Ensemble’s leader is violinist Jacqueline Shave.

Red Note performs the established classics of contemporary music, commissions new music, develops the work of new and emerging composers from around the world, and finds new spaces and new ways of performing and presenting contemporary music to attract new audiences both within Scotland and elsewhere. Our flexible performing ensemble - varying in scale from 4 to 34 people - counts amongst its players some of the very finest performers working in the UK today. Red Note’s busy schedule comprises tours, site-specific work and cross-artform collaborations on large and small scales,
locally and internationally, and a highly-developed Access, Engagement and Participation (AEP) programme.

Red Note is Associate Contemporary Ensemble at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, an Associate Company of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and Associate Ensemble of the sound Festival Aberdeen.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Gateshead,
hosted by The Glasshouse ICM, from 5-7 February 2025.