Scottish Freelancers Ensemble

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SCOTTISH FREELANCERS ENSEMBLE

Mission Statement

We are a community of freelance orchestral musicians living and working in Scotland, whose members perform variously for every professional orchestra and classical ensemble in the country. Like others suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, our individual sources of income almost entirely disappeared overnight. Collectively we have noticed the lack of organised support for freelance musicians.

This project is for orchestral freelancers in Scotland who have lost their voice during this difficult time, and who wish to continue creating music together. Initially we will share our music through virtual platforms, with the intention of undertaking physical performances as Covid-19 guidelines are eased.

Classical music must address its role in a world of rising inequality: our promise is to strive to narrow the widening gap between those who have little and those who have plenty. We will play our part in tackling the often elitist and hierarchical culture of classical music, actively championing works by those under-represented in our industry, including BAME and female composers. The group’s comparatively small and flexible line-up both opens up diverse repertoire and enables us to reach out to communities who might not normally attend concert hall performances.

Our first video (premiered on 22 July 2020) features a 36-piece string ensemble, performing ‘Adoration’ by African-American composer Florence Price, arranged for strings by Elaine Fine. As well as being a beautiful composition, the name of this piece reflects the sentiment of feeling in the Scottish Freelancers Ensemble. We are a network of colleagues and personal friends, having worked together in numerous settings over the years. We are an organisation built on affection and respect.

We hope that by raising awareness of our current circumstances, this project will help to amplify our voices as a freelance community so that ultimately, we can begin to share music again.

For our next project, our aim is to commission 3 BAME/female composers, each to write 3 short 1 minute postcards for our ensemble. By donating and helping us achieve our goal for this next project, we will be able to pay all 36 members proper Musicians Union recording rates, the composers commissioned, for video and sound editing and also the administrative costs to run this ensemble.

We sincerely hope you will consider donating towards our cause.

Scottish Freelancers Ensemble
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