Classical twists and turns

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IMAGINE having an entire weekend to share your favourite pieces of music, by your chosen performers, with the whole of Glasgow.

It’s an honour that has been handed to Jonathan Morton — the director of the Scottish Ensemble — this week.

The musician takes time out of leading the group to plan a programme described as “eclectic, exciting, surprising and stimulating”, beginning on Friday with an evening of minimalism courtesy of Icebreaker and, of course, the Scottish Ensemble.

Saturday afternoon holds further excitement for fans of the string orchestra – an open rehearsal led by Morton, who will provide insight into preparing a concert programme, as well as a sneak preview of the group’s final concert of the season, taking place later this month.

Music fans can also meet the man behind the programme on Saturday evening, as he hosts a discussion on his favourite music and biggest influences.

To follow, there’s Romanian fiddler group Taraf De Häidouks — a fast paced, exhilirating band offering up Bach with a twist of electronica — as well as the Hilliard Ensemble.

The event rounds off on Sunday with a dramatic performance of Sir John Tavener’s Towards Silence, staged in the Kelvingrove art gallery and museum.

The piece features four quartets, each playing out of sight while on stage, all the audience can see is a Tibetan prayer bowl.

Svend Brown, director of Glasgow Music, promises “fresh perspectives on familiar pieces” — and for fans of the orchestra it’s one for the calendar.

Jonathan Morton Takes Over runs from Friday until Sunday, at multiple city venues. Times and ticket prices vary. Further information is available at