Side-by-Side 2011: RCS students with Scottish Ensemble
In February 2011 a number of exceptional young musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) joined Scottish Ensemble for five performances. The students performed side-by-side with all 12 SE musiciansin Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Perth – to great acclaim.

Build A Gig
A concert based project, Build A Gig shares the entire process of promoting a concert with school students, from programme planning to marketing, design and stage management. The project is tailored to schools’ individual requirements and can also involve masterclasses and composition workshops, culminating in a shared concert with members of the Scottish Ensemble.



Composer Tim Sutton was commissioned by Scottish Ensemble and Lichfield Festival to create music for young people based on Ted Hughes’ stories ‘The Dreamfighter and other creation tales’.

Ted Hughes’ short stories are playful, subversive and fizzing with movement, sound and light. Dreamfighter presents provocative perspectives on how the natural world came to be. As god and his mother hammer away in their workshop, the bustle, moods and colour of god’s new creations will be performed by the 12 players of the Scottish Ensemble. A children’s choir sing the songs of these bewildered creatures as they lope, mope, scurry, wing and rage, struggling to be born.

Première concerts of the new work, performed by Scottish Ensemble and Taplow Choir, took place at Lichfield and Aberdeen International Youth Festivals Festival in 2009, presented by Hannah Conway.

Quicksilver (with Colin Currie, percussionist)
Feb 2009

now you hear me, now you don’t was specially written for Scottish Ensemble and percussionist, Colin Currie, for the giant five octave marimba and the 12 players of the Scottish Ensemble, by Austrian composer Kurt Schwertsik.

At the end of the first half of the concert, young people took part in a workshop backstage with Colin and friends, exploring the musical ideas they had heard in the first half. The workshop was free to all ticket holders and a group of 35 young people took up the opportunity to make music with Colin Currie, Iain Sandilands and students from the RSAMD.

This project was kindly supported by the Scottish Arts Council and The Commonweal Fund.


Get Close to the Music (with Thea Musgrave)
Dec 2008

Get Close to the Music featured composer Thea Musgrave working with the Scottish Ensemble in rehearsal of her newly commissioned piece Green.This was an opportunity to watch a new piece being put together for the first time and to hear from the composer herself in advance of the world premiere tour.

Get Close to the Music with Thea Musgrave was kindly supported by the Friends of the Scottish Ensemble.

In partnership with Artlink Central

Carnival! was specially designed to give adults with special needs opportunities for self-expression and empowerment through creative music work, while developing core and life skills and supporting lifelong learning.

Joanne Green, Diane Clark and Iain Sandilands (Scottish Ensemble musicians) and animateur, Paul Rissmann, spent an intensive week with the Artlink Central Music Group, facilitating song-writing and composition workshops and learning Paul’s new pieces featuring animals that Saint-Saens had left out of his original Carnival of the Animals score: Brown Bear, Zebra, Wallaby, Ostrich, Camel and The Meerkats.

The final performance of the work took place (appropriately) at Blair Drummond Safari Park.

The project was supported by The Radcliffe Trust and The Robertson Trust.