About the album
Music For String Quartet, Piano & Celeste was recorded at Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studio, Glasgow.
Francis plays the studio piano and a celeste borrowed from RSNO.
The string quartet comprises players from Scottish Ensemble:
- Tristan Gurny (VIOLIN) leads the Edinburgh Quartet and regularly guests as principal player with orchestras such as Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
- Cheryl Crockett (VIOLIN) works with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.
- Catherine Marwood (VIOLA) is a member of the Hebrides Ensemble and is principal viola in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Alison Lawrance (CELLO) is sub-principal cellist of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has been guest lead cellist of the English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.
"This album was a bit of a challenge to myself. As a listener I came quite late to classical music and I have no formal training, but I didn’t want to use an arranger or orchestrator. I wanted to be responsible for every note.”
The album was made with the support of Creative Scotland.