Seonaid Aitken Ensemble

Seonaid Aitken Ensemble

October 29, 2022
Start time - 19:30
National Piping Centre



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Seonaid Aitken Ensemble at National Piping Centre

Bringing together some of Scotland’s top musicians, this great night of music presents two fantastic pieces. In the first half Seonaid will present Chasing Sakura. Having lived in Tokyo and experienced Hanami – the flower ‘viewing’ or celebration of sakura – Seonaid has drawn a parallel with this season to her life now in Scotland.

Through jazz, classical and folk idioms, Seonaid’s musical suite ‘Chasing Sakura’ – originally commissioned by Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in 2021 – was written for a hand-picked ensemble of string quintet and saxophone/flute. Featuring cross-genre and improvising musicians, it follows the lifespan of the cherry blossom and explores the themes of a fleeting but beautiful life, lived to the fullest. In the second half Seonaid pays homage to her favourite jazz vocalist – the iconic Ella Fitzgerald – by exploring the Great American Songbook with selections from her 2019 album ‘What Is This Thing Called Love?’.

The Jazz world meets the Classical world as Seonaid’s cinematic string arrangements (inspired by the likes of Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Vince Mendoza) bring these jazz ‘standards’ to life with flavours of the 1930s Golden Era, MGM musicals, Broadway pizzazz, Argentine Tango and a novel piece in pizzicato! She will be joined on stage by Katrina Lee – violin, Patsy Reid – viola, Alice Allen – cello, Emma Smith – bass and Helena Kay – tenor sax & amp; flute so get your tickets now for this fantastic night of music.


National Piping Centre

Join us at The National Piping Centre and relax with a drink in the intimate setting of our auditorium to hear this fantastic genre-blurring artist. Why not make a night of it, join us for dinner before the concert in the Pipers' Tryst restaurant, or book to stay in 8 bedroom hotel. The National Piping Centre is housed in an Italianate church building, with our flexible auditorium space palying host to concerts, banquets, weddings and more. The Pipers' Tryst restaurant has a classic Scottish menu with a twist, and our 8 bedroom hotel is an oasis in the heart of the city. Our team will be on hand to help you through out the visit. If you have any accessibility issues, please get in touch with our team and we will be happy to help.

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Accessibility - We want all our guests to have the best visit possible. The National Piping Centre building is accessible to guests with mobility issues via a lift on the side of the building. This gives access to all the main floors within the building. Please call in advance to arrange lift access. There are also accessible toilets on all floors. As an historic building however, there is no lift facility available to our bedrooms, with a flight of shallow stairs to access this part of the building.

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