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Lifelong Learning



chance to join

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scrapers & tooters 5

Wind Farm, Aberdeen


Operantics, Edinburgh

stafco 8

St Andrews & Fife Community Orchestra

study days 10

Mozart’s Don Giovanni


Stravinsky Series

pre-concert talks 12

Pre-concert talks

exploring music... 13

comparing notes 14

Glasgow & Edinburgh

icompose 15


come & sing 16

Calling all singers!


Voice of a City

re-connect 18

Celebrating 25 years of projects at the SCO

...with the University of Edinburgh

how to book

Exploring Music I & II


Contact information


Lucy Lowe SCO Connect Director Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Scrapers & Tooters is such a great contribution by SCO to the local community

…to SCO Connect’s Lifelong Learning programme 2010/11. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is the nation’s chamber orchestra, and here at SCO Connect we want to provide opportunities for anybody in Scotland to get closer to the music. If you play an instrument you can meet the players, find out some tricks of the trade, and experience the feeling of sitting in an orchestra and working with professional conductors through Scrapers & Tooters. If you’d like a chance to sing on the Usher Hall stage alongside the SCO, join our community choir which will perform Edward Harper’s The Voice of a City. Conducted by new SCO Chorusmaster Gregory Batsleer, this is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a professional performance. How about having a chat about the music you can hear in concerts throughout the season? Join us for a drink and a blether in our discussion groups taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Comparing Notes is a popular way to learn more, have a natter and meet fellow audience members. Whether it’s composing your own music, learning from worldrenowned academics, or listening to composers discussing their music in pre-concert talks, there are plenty of ways to get involved. If you’ve taken part before, welcome back! If it’s your first time, we look forward to meeting you.


Scrapers & Tooters

SCO Connect has a busy season of Scrapers & Tooters events this year, from wind orchestra to chorus weekends. S&T is a great opportunity for amateur musicians to get together for non-pressurised weekends of music-making. We have three S&T events happening this season: Scrapers & Tooters StAFCO orchestral weekend in St Andrews Wind Farm Wind orchestra weekend in Aberdeen Operantics Orchestra & chorus weekend in Edinburgh You will rehearse as part of a full orchestra / wind orchestra / chorus, work with a professional conductor, and receive sectional coaching from Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians. For all our weekends, some scraping, tooting or singing experience is required but previous knowledge of the music is not necessary. If you would like to know more about Scrapers & Tooters, or for details of how to book, please contact us at SCO Connect (see page 19). Places are allocated through a draw system. Participants register their name, and any instrument places which are in high demand will be allocated by a lucky dip draw. Participants are offered the chance to buy reduced price tickets for a concert linked to each S&T weekend. You will receive more information about the offer after booking your place on S&T.

Kirsten Hunter SCO Connect Officer Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Cost Weekend ÂŁ40 (ÂŁ20 concession)

Wind Farm Aberdeen Date Venue Conductor Booking opens Linked concert


4 & 5 december 2010 queen’s cross church craig anderson monday 11 october 2010 saturday 4 december 2010

Wind Farm is an opportunity for amateur musicians to play as part of a wind orchestra. Wind, brass and percussion players will spend the weekend rehearsing under a professional conductor, with SCO musicians on hand for sectional coaching and to give hints and tips! The weekend ends with an opportunity to show off all your hard work to friends and family with an informal performance. Craig Anderson is an award-winning tuba soloist and freelance player with a wealth of experience that has seen him play with numerous leading orchestras and ensembles. Craig plays regularly with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia, and conducts wind and brass bands throughout Scotland. He is currently musical director of Campbeltown Brass and Kingdom Brass.

Linked Concert Collard plays Ravel takemitsu How Slow the Wind ravel Piano Concerto beethoven Symphony No 4 robin ticciati Conductor jean-phillipe collard Piano Saturday 4 December 2010 7.30pm aberdeen music hall


Operantics Edinburgh Date Venue Conductor Booking opens Linked concert


5 & 6 March 2011 the erskine stewart’s melville schools’ performing arts centre gregory batsleer monday 13 december 2010 thursday 3 march 2011

Operantics invites both instrumentalists and amateur singers to join us as orchestra and chorus for a weekend of music-making. Friends and family can enjoy your hard work with an informal concert on the Sunday evening. Gregory Batsleer was appointed Chorusmaster of the SCO Chorus at the end of 2009. He is also Director of the Hallé Youth Choir, Co-Founder and Principal Conductor of The Manchester Consort and an Associate Conductor with the Royal Northern College of Music’s Outreach Department. He has worked as Guest Chorusmaster for several performances by the Hallé Choir and last summer he conducted the Hallé Orchestra and over 500 singers in Nottingham for a ‘Come and Sing’ performance.

For more singing opportunities, see page 16

Linked Concert Zadok the Priest purcell Suite from The Fairy Queen bach Contrapunctus XIV purcell Hear my Prayer purcell Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem handel Coronation Anthem: My Heart is Inditing bach Suite No 3 handel Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest richard egarr Conductor sco chorus Thursday 3 March 2011 7.30pm edinburgh queen’s hall



St Andrews & Fife Community Orchestra SCO Connect and the University of St Andrews are forming a brand new community orchestra for St Andrews and Fife. Open to anyone aged 16 or over, regardless of previous musical experience, this new orchestra will meet on a weekly basis to explore orchestral repertoire in a relaxed, sociable environment. The Orchestra will be conducted by Jill Craig along with members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra who will lead sectionals and perform as soloists with the Orchestra. The sessions will be fun but focused and allow people of all abilities to work together.

Come and Play Weekend A taster session open to players aged 16 or over of any orchestral instrument, the Come and Play weekend is a chance to find out whether this is for you. You can meet new people including Jill and SCO musicians, and play on the stage of the Younger Hall. Date 9 & 10 October 2010 Venue Younger Hall, St Andrews Booking opens 6 July 2010 Cost £40 / £20 concessions To book for the Come and Play weekend contact Kirsten Hunter, SCO Connect Officer T – 0131 478 8353 Email – Jill Craig

StAFCO 10/11


StAFCO will meet weekly and the emphasis is on making music and having fun! There are no auditions and all players are welcome, from adult learners to advanced musicians, and those who haven’t played for years. The music will include pieces performed by the SCO in its concert visits to the Younger Hall. There will be a concert at the end of the first year to show off everyone’s hard work, but mainly the idea is to meet up, play and have fun. Rehearsals StAFCO will rehearse on Wednesday evenings at the Younger Hall during term time starting 13 October 2010. The Orchestra will have five weeks off during the year when, instead of rehearsing, the members are encouraged to go to the SCO concert where there will be opportunities to meet players and attend a special StAFCO reception. Booking info To join StAFCO there is a one-off fee of £45 (£35 concessions, £25 students) to join the St Andrews Music Centre. As well as joining the Orchestra you’ll receive a range of other benefits including: • Free use of practice rooms and upright pianos in the Younger Hall and elsewhere around the University • Free loan of instruments (subject to availability) • The opportunity to sign up for instrumental or vocal tuition

• Membership of a range of musical groups (sometimes subject to audition) • Free admission to Wednesday lunchtime concerts and reduced admission to other concerts and events • Use of the Music Centre library (books and sheet music) • Instrument lockers • Regular news updates To join the Orchestra, contact the St Andrews Music Centre Tel – 01334 462226 Email –

Study Days Don Giovanni

A chance for an in-depth look at some of the music featured in the SCO Season, led by world-renowned experts.

SCO Connect is thrilled to welcome David Cairns to discuss Mozart and his operas, focussing on Don Giovanni – the landmark concert which opens the 2010/11 Season. This day will be a chance to meet and learn from the author of Mozart and His Operas.

The cost is £25 including refreshments and a complimentary programme for the linked concert.


Date Time Venue Cost

saturday 2 october 2010 10.30am – 4.30pm usher hall, edinburgh £25

Sir Colin Davis on Mozart and His Operas: It is always a pleasure to read a book by David Cairns – praise has rightly been lavished on his scholarship, style and breadth of reading – but what catches us in the end in this wonderful new book is his love for his chosen hero and his music. We finish the book realising that Mozart touches upon all that made us civilized, and that he reminds us both of what we are and of what we might be.

Don Giovanni

Linked Concert

Supported by the Dunard Fund and The Don Giovanni Circle

mozart Don Giovanni robin ticciati Conductor florian boesch Don Giovanni maximilian schmitt Don Ottavio kate royal Donna Elvira susan gritton Donna Anna malin christensson Zerlina vito priante Leporello david soar Masetto rafal siwek Commendatore sco chorus Thursday 7 October 2010 7pm edinburgh usher hall

Study Days 11 Stravinsky

Stravinsky Series “I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust” – igor stravinsky From January – March 2011 there are various ways to get involved and learn more about Stravinsky: study day Saturday 5 March 2011, Usher Hall Led by Professor Jonathan Cross, author of The Stravinsky Legacy (see right) pre-concert talks 21/22 Jan Ashley Page, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet 10/11 Feb Robin Ticciati 10/11 Mar Professor Jonathan Cross (see page 12 for more details) exploring music II SCO Connect’s evening course, run in partnership with Open Studies at the University of Edinburgh, will focus on the music of Stravinsky, including visits to all three concerts. (see page 13 for more details)

As part of the Stravinsky: The Chamber Ballets series, SCO Connect is delighted to welcome Professor Jonathan Cross, author of The Stravinsky Legacy, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Stravinsky. saturday 5 march 2011 Date Time 10.30am – 4.30pm usher hall, edinburgh Venue Cost £25

[The Cambridge Companion to Stravinsky] will provide a valuable guide for music students and scholars as well as for music lovers who have the desire and technical knowledge to engage more fully with a major phenomenon in modern music.

In 2011 SCO Principal Conductor, Robin Ticciati, is conducting a three-concert series focusing on Stravinsky’s ballets.

Linked Concert

Stravinsky: The Chamber Ballets III haydn Symphony No 94 ‘Surprise’ szymanowski Violin Concerto No 2 stravinsky Orpheus robin ticciati Conductor renaud capuÇon Violin Thursday 10 March 2011 7.30pm edinburgh queen’s hall


Pre-concert Talks

The SCO 2010/11 Season features regular pre-concert talks. They are free to concert ticket holders, and begin at 6.30pm

New Romantics 15/16 October Ingram Marshall, composer of Orphic Memories, talks to SCO Managing Director, Roy McEwan, about the piece, his music and minimalism. 19/20 November Albert Schnelzer talks to Svend Brown about his new Oboe Concerto The Enchanter. 18/19 March Composer Lyell Cresswell in conversation with Dr Michael Downes, Director of Music at the University of St Andrews.

Melodies and Miracles 9 february, st andrews SCO Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati in conversation with Dr Michael Downes, Director of Music at the University of St Andrews.

Fridays at Glasgow’s City Halls, Thursdays/Saturdays at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall. All pre-concert talks are filmed and posted online. Visit to watch talks from the 2009/10 Season.

Stravinsky: The Chamber Ballets 21/22 January Ashley Page, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, in conversation with Svend Brown about Stravinsky and ballet. 10/11 February SCO Principal Conductor, Robin Ticciati, in conversatoin with Svend Brown about Stravinsky’s ballet music. 10/11 March Professor Jonathan Cross, author of The Stravinsky Legacy, talks about the composer.

Exploring Music... with the University of Edinburgh


SCO Connect and Open Studies at the University of Edinburgh have teamed up to provide two evening courses this Season, led by composer Jennifer Martin (see page 14). Both courses will guide you through music performed in the SCO Season and introduce you to the world of the SCO, with player visits, concert trips and an opportunity to meet Principal Conductor, Robin Ticciati.

Exploring Music I: This ten-session course is a general introduction and no previous knowledge is necessary.

Exploring Music II: This ten-session course is a more in-depth course ideal for those who have taken part in Exploring Music I, or already have some knowledge of music. It focuses on the works of Stravinsky and will include three concert trips to the Stravinsky: The Chamber Ballets series.

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative course with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Participant 2009

Date Time Venue Cost

Exploring Music I: Tuesdays from 28 September 2010 Exploring Music II: Tuesdays from 11 January 2011 6.30 – 8.30pm 11 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW £75 / £50 (concession)

From August, you can book and pay for this course or get a copy of the Open Studies brochure by visiting the website or calling 0131 650 4400.

Comparing Notes


Do you enjoy a good chat about music? Lots of people are enjoying the growing trend for reading groups to share their love of books and we think that there are just as many who would enjoy the opportunity to talk about music and share views with others. Comparing Notes are our informal and in-depth discussion groups based around a series of four concerts. Not only do the groups offer the chance to learn about some of the music before you hear it, but they also give you the opportunity to reflect on the concerts, discuss them and much more in future weeks. Comparing Notes groups are taking place in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is free to take part but places are limited. If you would like to join a group, please contact Kirsten Hunter on 0131 478 8353 or at

Glasgow Group Venue Dates

scottish music centre, city halls, glasgow friday 19 november, 5.15pm – 6.15pm friday 26 november, 6pm – 7pm friday 3 december, 6pm – 7pm friday 10 december, 6pm – 7pm

Edinburgh Group

Venue queen’s hall, clerk st, edinburgh Dates thursday 24 february, 6pm – 7pm thursday 3 march, 6pm – 7pm thursday 10 march, 5.15pm – 6.15pm saturday 19 march, 6pm – 7pm

Group Leader Jennifer Martin Jennifer Martin is a composer who has spent nearly 20 years working in music education. Her career began as Composer in Residence at Stewart’s Melville College and The Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh, and teacher of Composition at the City of Edinburgh Music School, while also lecturing in the Animation Department of Edinburgh College of Art, in the Drama Department of Queen Margaret College and within the Music Faculty at the University of Edinburgh, where she taught both Composition and Music in the Community. In 2003, she was appointed Learning Manager for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where she devised and managed a wide range of educational initiatives, both in Scotland and in relation to international touring. Jennifer has now returned to her freelance career, as a composer, music education consultant and project manager.

Be inspired by works of art in the National Galleries of Scotland Online Collection and write a piece of music for Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians. Composers of any generation and experience can take part in this competition at Full details about categories and a wide range of resources including online tips, instrument guides written by members of the SCO and teaching notes and discussion ideas for schools, can be viewed on from September 2010. In partnership with Drake Music Scotland, you can also learn about and use Figurenotes©. Developed in Finland, this revolutionary music notation system can be used by children and adults alike to read music, play an instrument and create new tunes, even if you’ve never composed before. Entries in conventional notation are, of course, also welcome.


25% off!


Every school taking part in the iCompose competition will receive a 25% discount voucher (off RRP) for Roland and Boss products, sponsored by Roland UK and Dawsons Education. To receive your voucher, simply submit a composition (school categories) by the deadline of 29 April 2011.

Terms & Conditions: • Each participating school will receive one voucher only • Discounts apply to Roland and Boss products only and are not valid with any other discount or offer • The voucher can only be redeemed via Dawsons Education Notion • This offer is valid from 1 May to 31 December 2011 software

A range of prizes donated by Roland

The closing date is Friday 29 April 2011. An award ceremony will be held in June 2011, with winning pieces recorded by SCO musicians and Linn Records.


A selection of Scottish Chamber Orchestra School CDs pupils - win a music workshop for your whole class

Winning pieces recorded by SCO musicians and Linn Records


Come and Sing

Fancy a morning of singing on stage at the Usher Hall? Learn some classics and rekindle your love for music by taking part in SCO Connect’s Come and Sing event on Saturday 25 September 2010. This free event is a great opportunity to sing as part of a choir with SCO Chorusmaster Gregory Batsleer and meet other people. It’s your chance to perform on the Usher Hall stage and see behind the scenes at a world-class concert hall. Repertoire will include popular classics such as Zadok the Priest, and you don’t need to bring anything other than yourself and some enthusiasm. We’ll even provide the pencils! Everyone is welcome to attend the come and sing day, however the ability to read music and knowledge of choral singing is recommended, as participants will be required work and sing from scores Date saturday 25 september Time 10am – 1pm Venue usher hall, edinburgh Cost free The morning will end with an informal performance for friends and family at 1pm. Booking Info This event is free, but places are limited. To reserve a place, call the Usher Hall Box Office on 0131 228 1155.

Doors Open Day This event is part of Doors Open Day. Organised by The Cockburn Association, Doors Open Day is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings – all for free. From heritage landmarks to the city’s newest architecture, Doors Open Day offers free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public or would normally charge an entry fee. The event also offers the public an opportunity to find out more about the capital’s public buildings. All venues feature behind-the-scenes tours, activities, exhibitions and/or talks which bring the history of the building and its everyday use to life. For more information visit: Twitter:

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The Voice of a City

On 5 February 2011 you could be standing on the stage of the Usher Hall as part of a massed chorus of adults and children, about to sing The Voice of a City by composer Edward Harper with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Become part of a chorus of 120 adults and 160 children Take part in the second ever performance of The Voice of a City at the recently refurbished Usher Hall in Edinburgh Perform alongside the SCO and Edinburgh’s City Organist, John Kitchen Rehearse under the guidance of SCO Chorusmaster Gregory Batsleer ..and the best bit? Previous experience of singing in a chorus is not essential! In performing this piece, SCO Connect will bring together voices young and old from across the City of Edinburgh. There will be ten evening rehearsals beginning in November 2010, building up to final rehearsals and a Family Concert performance with the SCO on Saturday 5 February 2011 at the Usher Hall. If you would like to take part in this special event, please call Kirsten Hunter on 0131 478 8353 or email Places are limited so early booking is advisable.

Venue edinburgh city centre venue tbc Dates tuesdays from 2 november 2010 Time 7.15pm – 9.30pm



When I was working with you I had the best time in my life. I just couldn’t believe it when the teacher told us we got picked to work with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In 2010/11 the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Department is 25 years old. During the past quarter century we have travelled the length and breadth of Scotland making connections with thousands of people. Whether in – Toni, St Mary’s Primary, a schools, residential homes, community centres, concert halls, participant on the Roundabout fields(!), trains or prisons, members of the SCO have brought project in October 2000 music alive and had some fabulous adventures along the way. In this year of our 25th Anniversary, SCO Connect would like There were so many incredible musicians there to rediscover stories, talk to people who have taken part in to help me with my composition that valued my projects, and find out what’s happened to that five-year-old musical opinion! My composition was on the from 1986 who’s grown up and could now be enjoying music theme of Noah’s Ark and I remember I was anywhere in the world! desperate for rain sound effects and instead If you have a story, photos, or memories, we’d love to of being laughed at for my crazy idea I was hear from you. All the stories we collect will be collated encouraged to add a percussion section with a and published on and displayed at rain stick. That encouragement meant so much concerts and in programmes throughout the season. to me and gave me the confidence to go on to Send us your stories and memories: study music after I left school and now I work in E: music and arts education. T: 0131 478 8353 – Nicola attended Music Factory (composition

project 2003/04) in 6th year at school

Creativity, self-expression and enjoyment are the very cornerstones of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. For many, taking part in an SCO education project is the first contact with a professional orchestra, and the experience is unforgettable. – Stephen Deazley, SCO Education Director 1999-2005

How to book


To book for any of the projects featured in this brochure contact Kirsten Hunter, SCO Connect Officer (unless otherwise stated). tel 0131 478 8353


Booking opens on the following dates: Scrapers & Tooters Weekends Tuesday 6 July 2010 StAFCO Wind Farm Aberdeen Monday 11 October 2010 Operantics Edinburgh Monday 13 December 2010 Comparing Notes Glasgow Group Edinburgh Group

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Study Days Don Giovanni Stravinsky

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Exploring Music or call 0131 650 4400 Come & Sing Register at the Usher Hall Box Office on 0131 228 1155 Voice of a City Booking open now

SCO Connect gratefully acknowledges the support of the Scottish Government, local authorities, corporate sponsors, patrons, 250 Society members and the many trusts and foundations that help to fund its extensive programme.

Stay informed... your part September

25 Come & Sing (see page 16) at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh 28 Exploring Music (see page 13) Tuesdays at 6.30pm-8.30pm, 11 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh


19/20 Pre-concert Talk (see page 12) Albert Schnelzer


4 & 5 Wind Farm, Aberdeen (see page 5)


2 Don Giovanni Study Day (see page 10) at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

11 Exploring Music (see page 13) Tuesdays at 6.30pm-8.30pm, 11 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

9 & 10 StAFCO Come & Play (see page 8) Launch weekend

21/22 Pre-concert Talk (see page 12) Ashley Page

15/16 Pre-concert Talk (see page 12) Ingram Marshall


2 The Voice of a City (see page 17) Community Choir first rehearsal 19 Comparing Notes (see page 14) Glasgow Group starts today at the City Halls


5 Study Day (see page 11) Stravinsky: The Chamber Ballets 5 & 6 Operantics, Edinburgh (see page 7) 10/11 Pre-concert Talk (see page 12) Jonathan Cross 18/19 Pre-concert Talk (see page 12) Lyell Cresswell


5 Family Concert – The Voice of a City (see page 17) 9/10/11 Pre-concert Talk (see page 12) Robin Ticciati

Photo credits... Marco Borggreve Chris Christodoulou Colin Dickson Stephan von der Deken Paul Hampton Kirsten Hunter Silvia Lelli

Hans LindĂŠn Lucy Lowe Louise Martin Andy McGregor Jen Owens Andrew Ross Jane Stockdale Mark Wendy

SCO Connect Lifelong Learning Brochure 2010-11  
SCO Connect Lifelong Learning Brochure 2010-11  

SCO Connect's Lifelong Learning Brochure 2010-11 packed with opportunities to join in the music-making, from workshops and study days to com...