Nevis Ensemble is an orchestra like no other. Our vision is music for everyone, everywhere. And we mean business.
‘Take the orchestra out of the concert hall, and that is when you will truly notice the real power and importance of music. Projects like this are rare but vital and I am so fortunate to have been a part of the Nevis Ensemble’s inaugural tour. From my experience in the orchestra, I have learnt that the arts are special, not just to those who take part through performing, but more importantly to those communities that rarely have the opportunity to hear high quality music performed live.'
Jenny Akroyd, saxophone
Since our first performance in July 2018, the orchestra has given 200 performances all across Scotland, from the schools, supermarkets and museums of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, to a farm in the Scottish Borders and the summit of Ben Nevis in the Highlands – and everywhere in between, including the biggest ever tour by an orchestra of the Outer Hebrides – all the way out to the remote archipelago of St Kilda. Concerts have taken place in venues as diverse as swimming pools and children’s parks, to homeless centres, museums and train stations.
‘Fantastic and really looking forward to more performances in the future. Bringing music to the people and not people to the music fits so well with people who have an illness like Dementia. Music plays such an important part in invoking memories. To see someone’s face light up when they recognise a tune and are able to be so closely involved with the musician that is creating that tune, a therapeutic approach which stimulates and provides an overall sensory experience. The whole concept also brings music to those who would not normally have access or would be restricted due to affordability or ill health.’
Alzheimer Scotland, East Dunbartonshire
Nevis is the most 'socially-minded' orchestra in the country, and our performances take place in community spaces such as refugee groups, homeless centres, day centres for older people, prisons, schools, hospitals, groups for those living with HIV/AIDS; as well as public spaces - aiming to reach everyone in our communities. All Nevis performances are offered free of charge to the public.
Alongside our touring programme we build links with local communities where our musicians work with participants from all walks of live to create new music through social creative music sessions, that they will then perform with the full Nevis Ensemble.
Our current projects include children in care, older people in residential care homes and primary school children in an intergenerational project, those experiencing homelessness, adults with learning disabilities and young people in areas of socio economic deprivation.
Your support will go towards these projects, taking place all over Scotland, improving the wellbeing of some of society's most vulnerable people, and encouraging all to take part in the life-affirming benefits of the arts.
‘Thank you SO much. I am a convert. Can’t believe we had an orchestra in our village hall evoking such different emotions.’