Friday 17 November 2023

Scottish Ensemble in Anna Meredith's Tull

Released today, the first of two specially-commissioned performance films from the Scottish Ensemble with Glasgow production company Forest of Black. The film features the Scottish Ensemble performing Anna Meredith's Tull. The film is on the Scottish Ensemble's YouTube channel, and can also be streamed.

Tull was premiered by Scottish Ensemble in 2014. The three-minute piece is scored for 12 divided strings and presents a variation on the traditional Scots’ tune Tullochgorum. Meredith’s realisation is "fuzzy but energetic".  

Tullochgorum (also known as The Reel of Tullochgorum) is the title of a song, which carries the line 'For blithe and cheery we'll be a'. The words to the song were written by the Scottish poet, songwriter, minister and historian, the Rev. John Skinner in 1776 to the tune Tullochgorum, which is said to have been derived from an older Scottish song tune, printed in Craig's Collection in 1730 (information courtesy of the Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary).

The second film of the Scottish Ensemble's partnership with Forest of Black which will be released in Spring 2024.

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