A week of coaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Alongside our events, we deliver an imaginative creative learning programme which comprises workshops, coaching sessions, bespoke educational resources and more. Our annual week of coaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is not only a key part of this, but a really enjoyable experience for us, as well as the students.
Across five intensive days, we prepare a group of string musicians for a public concert. From the audition process, to playing without a conductor, to rehearsals with peers, the week is designed to provide insight and experience into every element of life as a professional musician. This is then extended through our Young Artist Scheme, where the most promising players are selected to accompany SE on tour for the rest of the season.
This year’s public concert takes place on Friday 12 January 2018 at 1pm at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Stevenson Hall). In an extension of our partnership with the prestigious conservatoire, the soloist in Mozart’s piano concerto will be the 2017 winner of its Jock Holden Memorial Mozart Piano Prize, which is awarded for the outstanding performance of a Mozart concerto. The winner joins us for one of Mozart’s earlier concertos, full of sparkling solo lines and a particularly poetic second movement.
Tippett’s bright and brilliant concerto will make for a dynamic ending to the afternoon, with two groups of strings alternately battling it out against each other or creating a powerful, united whole in movements which range from excitable drama to soaring, haunting, folk-inspired beauty.