Scotland's only Street Orchestra is heading for the Outer Hebrides, making its first stop in Castlebay today.

The Nevis Ensemble has as its vision ‘music for everyone, everywhere’, and they are set to prove it with a series of concerts in community halls, schools and much less traditional venues – such as the beach at Vatersay and the airport at Traigh Mhor.

The Nevis Ensemble experience sees 40 young and energetic musicians run out of a bus, instruments in hand, breaking into performance less than five minutes later. They promise that every crowd will hear something incredible and unexpected in a full-scale orchestral performances of the most diverse music you can imagine.

The Outer Hebrides tour will be conducted by artistic directors Holly Mathieson and Jon Hargreaves Nevis and the playlist will be different for every performance. Works played range from the earliest written-down music, by Hildegard of Bingen (born 1098!) to pop classics by A-Ha, Toto and Shirley Bassey – although some of the more expected classics by Handel, Mozart and Debussy are in there too.

For the Hebrides tour additional features include Scottish ceilidh dances, Gaelic songs, Waulking songs from Lewis and the world premiere of a new work by Rufus Elliot, GEILT (a number of ways), based on the composer’s experiences of hitch-hiking around the Hebrides.

The Nevis Ensemble’s first performance in Barra is tonight (Tuesday August 20th) at Castlebay Community Hall at 7.30pm. Tomorrow morning they start the day with a performance for schoolchildren at Castlebay Community School, before heading off to play on Traigh Siar in Vatersay (weather permitting) at noon and at Barra airport at 1.40pm, in time for the Glasgow passengers.

Nevis Ensemble continue their tour in Eriskay tomorrow evening, before heading north for gigs the length of the Western Isles until next Monday (August 26th).