Our core aim for this new project is to give children aged 5-9 a unique opportunity to experience the string orchestra in an accessible setting. We hope that this will trigger an interest in classical music and also inspire them to consider string tuition in the future. Harmony Quest was premiered in May 2015 at the Lemon Tree theatre, Aberdeen, for the pupils of Culter and Mile End primary schools.
Wired is a series of composition workshops with secondary school pupils based around the current concert series. The most recent project, which took place in February 2015 and involved pupils from three Glasgow schools, was based around and inspired by Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony.
In three workshops, the young composers were introduced to various compositional techniques displayed in the piece and encouraged to develop their own ideas, with a unique opportunity to instantly listen to their work played by members of Scottish Ensemble.
RCS students with Scottish Ensemble
In October 2015, twelve exceptional young musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will join SE for a week of intense workshops and masterclasses.
The week will culminate with the students performing Enescu’s Octet for Strings in C major (arranged for string orchestra) alongside the twelve musicians of Scottish Ensemble in Stevenson Hall, RCS. See the event page for more details.