Creative Learning is at the core of Scottish Ensemble’s activity, forming an integral part of the group’s identity. Exciting large and small-scale music projects are created in conjunction with a wide range of partners. The focus of these projects is to bring the inspirational musicians directly to participants in their local environment, nurturing musical skills while also encouraging development in other areas such as confidence, team-building, leadership and creativity.

Underpinning all of our creative learning projects is the importance of string music and developing string performance for future generations.

Current projects include:

  • Side-by-Side 2015: RCS students with Scottish Ensemble

  • Wired

  • Harmony Quest

In addition to one off projects, SE delivers annual residencies in Dundee, Inverness, Aberdeen and Perth.  These residencies are an opportunity for Scottish Ensemble musicians to engage with local communities both on and off the traditional concert platform.  Residency activities include: workshops and masterclasses with youth, school and amateur orchestras and music making groups; performances in public spaces, community centres and care homes; tea dances; late night sessions; and flash mobs with local youth orchestras.

In May 2015, the group ran a very successful residency in Aberdeen that saw the orchestra appear in an exciting variety of both traditional and unexpected performance locations – from the stage of the much-loved Music Hall, to the wards of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital; from amongst a floral paradise in the David Welch Winter Garden, to the interactive exhibitions of Satrosphere Science Centre.  Two further residencies are planned this year in Mull and Inverness respectively.  Like the programme of events in Aberdeen, they promise many contrasting and imaginative opportunities to disseminate the work of Scottish Ensemble.

Throughout the season, SE also provides a number of fun and informative pre- and post-concert events inspired by the concert programmes.

The ongoing work of the Lifelong Learning programme is generously supported by Creative Scotland as well as Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee City Councils.