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Schools Programme

Be creative Write your own music Meet professional musicians Get behind the scenes

Front cover image: Jim Lambie, Zobop Colour 1999 Coloured vinyl tape, Dimensions Variable, ed. 1 of 3 Installation view Off the Wall, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 2007 (group) Collection of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Courtesy The Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

welcome... The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is a world-class orchestra, with professional musicians from all over the globe. Learn about music, meet players, get creative and write your own music. We can visit your school, you can find us online or come to hear us in venues throughout Scotland.

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in brief... a few ways to get involved... In school visits:

SCO musicians visit schools around the country, from Kirkcudbright to Orkney. Workshops for primary and secondary are out on the road throughout the season. See pages 4 and 5.

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Work Experience:

Learn about what happens behind the scenes at a world-class professional orchestra. From marketing and fundraising, to rehearsals and education projects. See page 7.

Trips to the concert hall:

The SCO performs over 70 concerts a year throughout Scotland. Secondary school groups can come and join us at any season concert through a special booking scheme. See page 6.

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Write your own music inspired by works of art in the National Galleries Online Collection, and win lots of prizes including Roland goodies and hear your piece performed by SCO musicians. See page 10.

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Read On…

…to find out how to introduce your pupils to live music, get creative and meet Scotland’s Chamber Orchestra.

primary... supersonic


Creative, fun and participatory workshops for primary schools Supersonic projects are aimed at different age ranges in primary schools. Tailor made for delivery in school, each project has been devised by members of the SCO alongside some of the UK’s top music educators and composers. With direct links to the Curriculum for Excellence Supersonic projects provide: • Creative music activities for pupils • Ideas for listening • Music-making opportunities • Information for teachers on how to build a musical performance

• An opportunity to learn about families of instruments in the orchestra • A chance to meet the players • Fun ways into music Our projects fit around the school timetable, and end with a fantastic performance to showcase the work pupils have done that day.

bear hunt! Guaranteed to have children singing in the playground, this project uses the classic children’s story, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt! by Michael Rosen, as the inspiration for a magical journey to find the bear through a series of mini musical adventures. It includes a song specially composed by leading British composer Alec Roth, and plenty of opportunities to make music.

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Bear Hunt Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes

Created in consultation with teachers and music specialists Bear Hunt! is devised for children in the last year of nursery and the first few years of primary school (P1-3). The wind trio (flute, clarinet and bassoon) will visit your school for one whole day, working with two classes (max. 30 pupils per class) – one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. The project can include the opportunity to create a performance for the rest of your school and parents. Children thoroughly enjoyed the experience – as did the teacher! Lots of good ideas I can use in class. – Teacher

SCO Connect is grateful to The Leng Charitable Trust, The Whitaker Charitable Trust and The Nancie Massey Charitable Trust for their support.


giants’ chaos


SCO Brass has created an exciting project for upper primary school (P6-7) with composer Alasdair Nicolson. The brass quintet and pupils explore themes which are closely linked to the curriculum through music. Pupils are encouraged to think about the environment and looking after each other. Pupils also learn about the quintet’s fantastic brass instruments, learn a song especially composed by Alasdair Nicolson, take part in an interactive concert, compose their own music, play instruments and some will even have the chance to conduct! Giants’ Chaos lasts a full day and can include the opportunity to create a performance for the rest of your school and parents (max. 30 pupils).

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... [The] children were entranced by the musicians and the instruments – well done for holding their attention for three hours! It is much appreciated having visiting musicians at a school in such a remote area. – Teacher

Giants’ Chaos Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes

I thought your French Horn looked really cool because of all the tubes that went everywhere… I enjoyed playing the games because they were funny and they were hard to do… I learned lots of new things like Italian words and the names of different songs and also the names of cup mutes that you put in your brass instruments. – Pupil

booking process Supersonic projects will be visiting schools across Scotland between 21-25 March 2011. We aim to take in as many schools as possible, time and location permitting. Booking deadline: Friday 17 December 2010

To request a visit simply download an application form at, or contact SCO Connect Officer, Kirsten Hunter on 0131 478 8353 or email





Bear Hunt

Early / First (to P3)

SCO Wind Trio (flute, clarinet & bassoon)

1 full day working with 2 classes (max 60 pupils)


Giants’ Chaos

Second (P6/7)

SCO Brass (2 trumpets, French horn, trombone & tuba)

1 full day working with 1 class (max 30 pupils)


secondary... bring your class to a concert 6

Do you want to introduce your pupils to the thrill of live music? Experience the full force of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra performing live with a concert trip during 2010/11. We’ve made it easier for teachers to bring classes to 70 SCO Season concerts throughout Scotland. When booking tickets through this scheme you will receive: • Free tickets for teachers • £5 student tickets • Free programmes • Your school mentioned in the concert programme* *(if booked up to one month before concert date)

To book: Contact Kirsten Hunter, SCO Connect Officer T: 0131 478 8353 E:

everyone’s a critic Working with a professional music critic over three months, senior school pupils have the opportunity to write their own reviews of SCO concerts. Students will attend three SCO concerts – one in each of our Edinburgh venues: Queen’s Hall, St Cuthbert’s and the Usher Hall. Under the guidance of the journalist, they will explore the critical skills of reviewing concerts in order to write a review to a tight deadline, just like life as a real music critic! The reviews will be posted on the SCO website, with one outstanding review selected for special commendation by the journalist.


work experience

We are offering two work experience placements for secondary pupils over 16 years of age.


What’s involved? There are two placements available that each last one week. If successful, the pupil will be based at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra offices in Edinburgh and supervised by a member of the SCO Connect Team. The applicant must be able to commute daily to central Edinburgh, or make their own arrangements to be based in Edinburgh for the week.

Opportunities • Spend time with all the departments of the

SCO administration • Attend rehearsals and concerts where possible • Create a timetable in consultation with pupil and school to fit with relevant interests and opportunities NB: The SCO is unable to offer any financial assistance to pupils undertaking work experience

How do you apply? The applicant must complete an application form and return to SCO Connect by 1 October 2010

Download: Request: Week One Week beginning 22 November 2010 Week Two Week beginning 7 March 2011


SCO Connect’s flagship project for Standard and Higher Grade students makes a welcome return, touring to five Scottish regions in 2010. Since it began in 1998 this highly popular and adventurous programme has put established classics and contemporary music under the microscope for its secondary school audiences. Schools taking part receive a teacher CPD session (in each participating Local Authority) led by Paul Rissmann, a resource pack for all teachers, an opportunity to take part in a pupil workshop led by SCO players, tickets for the Masterworks schools concert performance (by full SCO, presented by Paul Rissmann), and tickets for a linked concert in the SCO season.

Dates Autumn 2010 Locations City of Edinburgh, East Ayrshire, Fife, Highlands, South Ayrshire Musical Focus Minimalism NYMAN ADAMS REICH KERNIS

Prospero’s Books Suite Prospero’s Curse Shaker Loops [one movement from] Clapping Music [game and performance] Symphony in Waves 1st movement

The SCO gratefully acknowledges generous financial support from: The Radcliffe Trust, J R Gibb Charitable Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, Fife Youth Music Activities Charitable Trust, Tayfield Foundation


about the orchestra...

Introducing the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Robin Ticciati

The SCO is the nation’s chamber orchestra performing throughout Scotland and abroad. It is an instrumental ensemble of 37 musicians playing string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The SCO has a new Principal Conductor, Robin Ticciati, the youngest Principal Conductor in the Orchestra’s history at just 27 years of age. Meet one of the Orchestra’s newest members, 1st Violinist Sijie Chen:

Sijie Chen, 1st Violin

I first started having violin lessons when I was eight-and-a-half-years-old, but I kept forgetting to go to my lessons! Eventually I became more serious after going to Chetham’s School of Music, and have since been studying in London, Manchester, Rochester and Cologne. I love playing chamber orchestra repertoire as well as period performance and I’m really looking forward to playing some more great music with the SCO! Read more about SCO players online at

Robin TIcc iati with th e SCO Conn ect Team

The wonderful thing with the SCO is that the range of music they can give to an audience is massive, that’s what’s so exciting. Their response to different soundworlds is incredible, particularly their way of making classical music work, that’s a real joy and I can’t wait to explore that and do lots with it.

Chinese-born British violinist Sijie Chen works regularly with the Academy of Ancient Music, Manchester Camerata, BBC Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. She is passionate about chamber music and has collaborated with eminent artists including Levon Chilingirian, Marcia Crayford, Alasdair Tait, Huw Watkins, and the Vardanyan and Myrios Quartets.

SCO Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati talking to Classical Music Magazine

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Season concerts throughout Scotland The Orchestra’s Season takes place between October and May every year. In 2010/11 the musicians will perform 70 concerts in Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Aberdeen, Perth, Dumfries, Ayr and Inverness.

SCO Winds Tour at (22-24 July) to Bo n of Garten, Strontia and Tobermory with the SCO Wind Ensemble.

Summer Touring In the summer months the Orchestra hits the road and goes on tour. In summer 2010 we visited the South of Scotland (Duns, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galashiels) and gave twelve concerts in the Highlands and Islands. Keep an eye on for details of summer 2011.

SCO Strings Tour (9-11 June) to Crear, Isle of Arran and Arrochar with violinist Isabelle van Keulen and the SCO Strings.

Central Scotland Tour (8-11 Sept) to Helensburgh, Dunfermline, Haddington & Hamilton with conductor Roy Goodman & SCO Principal Flute Alison Mitchell.

Highlands Tour (1719 June) to Stirling Castle, Findhorn and Fraserburgh with SCO Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati and violinist Veronika Eberle.

East Neuk Festival (1, 2 & 4 July) Clarinettist/director Michael Collins took the SCO Winds to Kilrenny, while violinist/director Alexander Janiczek travelled to St Andrews and Crail with SCO Ensembles.

South of Scotland Tour (26-29 May) to Duns, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galashiels with conductor Christian Curnyn and violinist Nicola Benedetti.

Don Giovanni The first concert of the Season is, quite simply, one of the greatest operas ever written. Robin Ticciati conducts a concert performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Thursday 7 October, 7pm: Edinburgh Usher Hall Friday 8 October, 7pm: Glasgow City Halls

Voice of a City A very special Edinburgh concert, celebrating the City’s riches in music and words from past and present. The SCO is joined by choirs of all ages from across the City to present a concert for young, old and everyone in between. Howard Blake’s musical setting of poems from Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-loved children’s classic, A Child’s Garden of Verses, is paired with Edward Harper’s The Voice of a City. A phenomenal success at its premiere in 2003, Edward H Harper’s work celebrates the City of Edinburgh – its beauty and arper its people – even the wind and the One o’Clock Gun!


competitions... 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, plus a wide range of resources including online tips, instrument guides written by members of the SCO, 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. 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. There are eight categories.* Each school category theme will be announced when the competition is launched in September 2010.

School Category A Category B Category C Category D Category E Category F

Level ‘First’ Level ‘Second’ Level ‘Third’ Level ‘Senior’ Special Education Schools Music Technology Supported by Roland

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.

25% off!

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. • This offer is valid from 1 May to 31 December 2011.


Adult Category G Unpublished adults Category H Published adults Teacher training is available. From September 2010 details will be published on *School categories based on the Curriculum for Excellence Stages of Learning

Notion software

A range of prizes donated by Roland

A selection of Scottish Chamber Orchestra School Winning CDs! pupils - win pieces a music recorded by workshop for SCO musicians your whole and Linn class! Records

Are you inspired to draw, paint or write as well? Our colleagues at the National Galleries of Scotland also run two competitions:



Art Competition for Schools 2011 School children are invited to enter this very popular annual competition, now in its eighth year. Full details can be viewed on the National Galleries of Scotland website from August 2010. Follow the link to Education and click on Competitions. The closing date is Friday 6th May 2011. Sponsored by


Photograph © Andy McG

Inspired? Get Writing! School pupils and their teachers are invited to choose an inspirational painting, photograph, print or sculpture from the National Galleries of Scotland’s Collection and to create a piece of poetry or prose not exceeding 1,000 words in length. Full details of the rules can be viewed on from October 2010. Follow the link to Education and click on Competitions. The closing date is Friday 21 January 2011. Photograph © Andy McGrego


The competition is a three-way partnership between:

Supported by

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for teachers...

St Andrews ~ Melodies & Miracles

Teacher Receptions

Wednesday 9 February 2011 Younger Hall

These events offer teachers the chance to visit an SCO Season concert in style. A ticket offer and reception before the concert offers a chance to meet fellow teachers in your area, and have a chat with the SCO Connect Team over a glass of wine.

Teacher Reception from 5.45pm 6.30pm – Pre-concert Talk SCO Principal Conductor, Robin Ticciati, in conversation with Dr Michael Downes about the music in this evening’s concert.

Edinburgh ~ New Romantics

Concert haydn Scena di Berenice

Saturday 20 November 2010 Edinburgh Queen’s Hall Teacher Reception from 5.45pm 6.30pm – Pre-concert Talk Albert Schnelzer talks to Svend Brown about his new Oboe Concerto The Enchanter Concert w. schuman Symphony No 5 (Symphony for Strings) schnelzer Oboe Concerto The Enchanter uk premiere

stravinsky Apollon Musagète fauré [orch. c. matthews] Melodies world premiere SCO commission haydn Symphony No 96 ‘Miracle’ robin ticciati Conductor sally matthews Soprano

beethoven Symphony No 7 john storgÅrds Conductor franÇois leleux Oboe

Aberdeen ~ Fauré Requiem Saturday 2 April 2010 Aberdeen Music Hall

Glasgow ~ Prokofiev ‘Classical’ Symphony Friday 25 February 2011 City Halls Teacher Reception from 6.30pm Concert prokofiev Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’ mozart Piano Concerto No 25 in C K503 lotti [arr. manze] Crucifixus shostakovich Chamber Symphony in C minor Op 110a andrew manze Conductor francesco piemontesi Piano

Teacher Reception from 6.30pm Concert wagner Siegfried Idyll schreker Chamber Symphony fauré Requiem robin ticciati Conductor carolyn sampson Soprano neal davies Bass Baritone sco chorus

If you would like to come to one of these concerts contact Kirsten Hunter, SCO Connect Officer on 0131 478 8353 or at


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 schools, residential homes, community centres, concert halls, fields(!), trains or prisons, members of the SCO have brought music alive and had some fabulous adventures along the way. In this year of our 25th anniversary, SCO Connect would like to rediscover stories, talk to people who have taken part in projects, and find out what’s happened to that five-year-old from 1986 who’s grown up and could now be enjoying music anywhere in the world!

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

If you have a story, photos, or memories, we’d love to hear from you. All the stories we collect will be collated and published on and displayed at concerts and in programmes throughout the Season. Send us your stories and memories: E: T: 0131 478 8353

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.

– Toni, St Mary’s Primary, a participant on the Roundabout project in October 2000

There were so many incredible musicians there to help me with my composition that valued my musical opinion! My composition was on the theme of Noah’s Ark and I remember I was desperate for rain sound effects and instead of being laughed at for my crazy idea I was encouraged to add a percussion section with a rain stick. That encouragement meant so much to me and gave me the confidence to go on to study music after I left school and now I work in music and arts education.

– Nicola attended Music Factory (composition project 2003/04) in 6th year at school


all join in... The website is the place where you can find out more about the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, comment on projects and ask us questions.

Make your own animation and soundtrack


As part of our hugely successful 2009 project The Lost Book (, we created guides in partnership with animation company Binary Fable ( to help anybody make their own cut-out animation, complete with soundtrack.

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at our concerts, on tour, or even what our players dream about? The SCO blog is written by musicians and management of the SCO about a range of topics including tours, recording sessions, and SCO Connect events. Simply visit and click on the orange button (on the address bar) to subscribe.

These step-by-step guides, available on our website, contain everything you need to know, from making storyboards to taking lots of pictures to bring the characters to life. There are useful cut-out characters and hints and tips from composer Alexis Bennett. A guide to recording your music and easy instructions for putting it together with your animation means it will be completed in no time! All these resources use software that comes free with all computers, PC or Mac.

Tell Us‌ If you’ve made an animation using the resources, please tell us. The best will be uploaded onto the SCO website!

From the Highland Tour blog SCO plays to a sold out Universal Hall, Findhorn



Pre-Concert Talks

Get to know more about the members of the Orchestra. Every musician and visiting artist has a profile online. As well as their musical lives, find out which member of the Orchestra has completed all the Munros and who has an MBE for services to music. If you have a question for any of the players, email us to find out the answer!

The SCO season features regular pre-concert talks. From September 2009 pre-concert talks have been filmed and put online at Hear from SCO Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati what he thinks about the Orchestra, the pieces he has performed with them, his ideas for the future and his approach to putting a programme together. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies discusses his Fourth Symphony, commissioned and premiered by the SCO 20 years ago. In 2010/11 a wide range of talks will be given by composers, choreographers and professors – all available online.

New Romantics Photos This is the place where our photos are posted online. If SCO Connect visits your school your picture might appear online for all your friends and families to see! If you take photos during our visit, send them in and they might appear on the SCO website.

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 about his new Oboe Concerto, The Enchanter, to Svend Brown. 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.

Stravinsky: The Chamber Ballets You can follow us on: Twitter



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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 conversation with Svend Brown about Stravinsky’s ballet music. 10/11 March Professor Jonathan Cross, author of The Stravinsky Legacy, talks about the composer.

Photo credits... Fraser Band Chris Christodoulou Colin Dickson Paul Hampton Kirsten Hunter Roger Kirby Hans LindĂŠn

Lucy Lowe Louise Martin Andy McGregor Jen Owens Andrew Ross Jane Stockdale Peter Vallance

The SCO gratefully acknowledges support from:

SCO Connect School Programme 2010-11  

SCO Connect's School programme of activities for 2010-11 season

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