Creative learning and community activity is at the heart of our programmes.

We want to share our music and our learning with as broad a range of people and communities as possible. As a result, outreach, community and creative learning work are embedded throughout every year of SE activity. We take this work across Scotland and connect with young people, community groups, people who face isolation, and people who are unlikely or unable to experience live music, to ensure we support life-long creativity in Scotland.

This work is created by our musicians, James Redwood (Animateur-in-Residence), the SE management team, and community and artistic partners.


SE Residencies are all about bringing the joy of making and listening to music to as many people as possible by taking it out of the concert hall and putting it directly in the community.

Established in 2012, so far, we’ve been to Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Perth, Mull, Shetland and Dumfries, hosting everything from pop-up performances in supermarkets and shopping centres to tea dances, workshops, film screenings, life drawing classes and so much more.

Across our 2018/19 season, we’ll be offering ‘Residency on Demand’ in our regular touring cities. This new, flexible model sees us work with partners across the year to deliver collaborative performances, workshops, introductions to music, and special events for more isolated members of the community.

RCS Week

RCS Week is a key fixture in our annual creative learning programme. Across five intensive days, we prepare a group of string musicians studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for a public concert.

From the audition process to playing without a conductor, the week is designed to provide insight into all elements of life as a professional musician.

On the final day, we perform a public concert as part of the RCS’ Fridays At One series.