The Night With. . . announce their fourth and biggest season to date
- Miranda Heggie
- 29 August 2019
Featuring 25 concerts across four cities, with more ensembles, concerts and premieres than ever before
Formed in 2016, The Night With… 's formula of programming new and experimental classical music in informal spaces came about when artistic director Matthew Whiteside was studying for his masters in composition. With a couple of fellow students, he put on a concert in Glasgow's Bloc+. 'We thought, let's put on some music we want to listen to in a way that we want to listen to it. I felt I'd like to renew the idea, and it all came together in The Night With … I decided to put classical music in pubs and bars and art galleries and give three 15–30 minute thirds rather than a standard two halves. If I go to a concert, I'd quite like to sit with a glass of wine and be able to listen to music and then have time to refresh the glass at least once throughout the evening!'
Starting with a couple of concerts in the basement of the Hug and Pint, The Night With … has evolved massively, with 25 concerts this year in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen as well as Belfast. Following a packed Fringe, as part of the Made in Scotland showcase, a host of thrilling concerts will take place throughout the rest of the year, most incorporating at least one world premiere.
Performers include Australia's Ensemble Offspring – who Whiteside succinctly describes as 'fucking amazing!' – as well as new music ensemble The Hermes Experiment, whose concert will showcase the winning entry of The Night With… 's 2019 call for scores. The season also features an intriguing blend of old and new. Violist Garth Knox will give a concert playing contemporary work with electronics on the viola d'amore, an instrument more common to the baroque period. Ensemble 1604, who specialise in 'new music with a period aesthetic', perform music from the 16th, 17th and 20th century alongside … shadows that in darkness dwell … , a new work by Timothy Cooper.
Various venues, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen & Belfast, until Thu 12 Dec, thenightwith.com.