A little corner of France
in the heart of Edinburgh!

Home page > Events > Vive le Fringe ! > Ensemble 1880 plays Wagner & Brahms

Vive le Fringe !

Ensemble 1880 plays Wagner & Brahms

Tuesday 13 August 2019 21:00-22:15

Vive le Fringe !, now in its 9th year, is the Institut français d’Ecosse’s celebration of Edinburgh’s August festivals.

For full programme details, pick up a copy of our brochure at the Institut or consult it online here.

About the concert
Alec Frank-Gemmill (formerly a hornist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra) directs Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and the Serenade No 1 by Brahms in its original version for nonet. Ensemble 1880 comprises the best classical musicians Scotland has to offer, performing on instruments of the time.

About Alec Frank-Gemmill
Alec Frank-Gemmill divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music and orchestral playing. He was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme 2014-16, appearing as soloist with the BBC orchestras on numerous occasions, including in performances of rarely-heard repertoire by Ethel Smyth, Malcolm Arnold and Charles Koechlin. He is a regular soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, performing concertos by Mozart (on the natural horn) with Richard Egarr, Ligeti and Strauss with Robin Ticciati, and Schumann with John Eliot Gardiner. In 2017 Alec gave the premiere of James Macmillan’s Concertino for Horn, conducted by Andrew Manze.

Often invited as a guest principal horn, Alec has frequently appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also performs as part of period-instrument groups, most notably with Ensemble Marsyas. Their latest album “Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel” was critically acclaimed and singled out for its solo horn playing. Alec is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, which enabled him to make two recordings for the BIS label: a disc of 19th Century works for horn and piano with Alasdair Beatson, and baroque concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Both albums have been highly praised in the press.

Alec is Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, his alma mater. He also studied in Cambridge, Zürich and Berlin with teachers including Hugh Seenan, Radovan Vlatković and Marie-Luise Neunecker.

Event Details

Ensemble 1880 plays Wagner & Brahms
Directed by Alec Frank-Gemmill
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 at 9pm
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Book your tickets now at tickets.edfringe.com
£10 (£8 conc.)

Institut français d’Ecosse (Venue 168)
Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (first floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are fully accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

IFE Membership and Discount Rates
The Institut programmes many members-only events and offers discounted member rates at other events. Find out more about becoming a member of the Institut français d’Ecosse.

Photo credit: Alec Frank-Gemmill

Institut Français Écosse 2022