The Burrell, March 9th, 2014

9 Mar

photo by ArdfernThe Viennese Ensemble will be at the Burrell Collection today, March 9th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Sorry about the late notice. I’d gotten behind in maintaining this blog.


August 19th at 1:00, The Britannia Panopticon

25 Jun

The Viennese Ensemble is pleased to be playing at the Britannia Panopticon on August 19th, from 1:00 until 3:00. According to Judith Bowers, the Panopticon’s manager and avenging angel, this incredibly cool and as-yet unrenovated theatre is the oldest surviving music hall in the world. It came into use in 1857 and closed its doors in 1938. You can read about its early history here and hear its twentieth century story here.

This performance is free, although we ask that you make a donation to the theatre. We’ll be selling our CDs as well, with 50% of profits going toward the Panopticon renovation.

We’re looking forward to playing at this venue and we hope that a lot of people will come out to see the Panopticon and make a little donation. Although we’re not playing music hall repertoire, we do play music from exactly the time period when the Panopticon was in its heyday. This one should be fun.

The Brittania Panopticon today

Sunday, June 10th: The Burrell Collection

4 May

Another public performance!  We’ll be playing the Burrell Collection on Sunday, June 10th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Burrell Collection is a lovely museum in Pollok Park, on the south side of Glasgow.  Come hear us play and enjoy the fun and beauty of the Park that was chosen as Europe’s best in 2008.

Sunday, August 5th – Geilston Gardens

27 Apr

Another public performance by the Viennese Ensemble! We’ll be playing at Geilston Garden on August 5th, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 in the walled garden. (thanks Daphne!)

The car park is free, but if you’re not a National Trust for Scotland member, then there’s an entrance fee for the garden: Adult £6, Family £16, 1 Parent £11, Concessions £5.

Bryan and I visited the garden last spring, and it was beautiful! There are hiking trails around it, and a farm next door. I took some pictures (available on Flickr), but I have to admit – city girl that I am – I was more interested in the farm animals as photographic subjects than the very pretty formal gardens.

Geilston Garden is at the west end of Cardross, 18 miles north-west of Glasgow, on the On A814. It’s also easy to take the train. The ½-hourly Glasgow – Helensburgh service calls at Cardross station, 15 minutes’ walk (1 mile) from the Garden.

The second photo below is from the Viennese Ensemble’s performance at the Geilston Gardens last year. We will have a somewhat different line-up this time, and a larger group.

We’ve Got an Agent

17 Apr

The Viennese Ensemble is looking forward to working with Edinburgh’s modern, web based musicians’ agent Freak Music. You can view our profile here. The music we play is unusual in the Scottish music marketplace, and they seemed happy to take us on board. We’re impressed by their well designed and attractive website, by their great client support, and by their very reasonable terms.

We’re not exclusive with Freak, so we can still book directly. As always, we’ll play cheap or for free for good causes and community events. However, we’re looking forward to kicking it up a notch!

Saturday, June 23: Bungo in the Backlanes

29 Mar

Two members of the Viennese Ensemble live in Strathbungo, so you’d better believe we’ll be playing at Bungo in the Backlanes, the Strathbungo Society’s biggest annual event. Bungo at the Backlanes is always worth a go. You’ll find people selling crafts, vintage items, art, and food, all in the gardens and cobbled laneways behind the 150-year-old terraced houses and tenement buildings. There also will be beer gardens run by local pubs. Don’t miss it!

The event starts at 1:00 and we’ll be in the tea garden behind one of the Morey Place houses (not sure which one yet), on the block between Nithdale and Regent Park Square.

Saturday, March 31: Craft Fair at Church on the Hill

28 Mar

We’ll be at the craft fair at Church on the Hill on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00-4:00 p.m.  This is more fun than it sounds, as the Church on the Hill is now a pub rather than a place of worship.  Come hear us play for free and buy our new CD!