Wester Hailes Residency


SCO in Wester Hailes

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra brings an inclusive and imaginative community residency programme to Wester Hailes! From October 2017 to summer 2020, local children, young people and adults join our musicians to create, perform, record and enjoy music at a series of creative music workshops and performances in schools and venues in Wester Hailes and beyond.

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Community and Family Events

WHALE Arts Family Day | Saturday 3 November | 1.30pm | WHALE Arts Centre

Join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for bewitching musical fun for the whole family, based on Julia Donaldson’s much loved Room on the Broom! Hear our musicians perform, take part in a musical storytelling workshop, become maestro of our multi-coloured orchestra and join in our magical craft workshop. Suitable for ages 4-9. To book your FREE tickets, click here!

Big Ears, Little Ears | Saturday 8 December | 11.45am | WHALE Arts Centre

Join the SCO Quartet for a live music experience with your little one. Big Ears, Little Ears gives you the chance to relax and enjoy wonderful performances up-close in a relaxed, child-friendly atmosphere. This concert is for children aged 0-3 years old. To book your FREE tickets, click here!


SCO Family Concerts: Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants | Saturday 9 February | 12.00pm & 2.30pm | Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Join children's TV presenter Chris Jarvis and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a laugh-out-loud musical adventure. Find out more about the concert here. To book discounted tickets for Wester Hailes residents, please contact Joanna Burns on joanna.burns@sco.org.uk.

Our Projects

Dots & Lines for nursery children. Join Dorothy Dot and Lily Line for music, movement and art - parents and carers welcome! (check with your nursery for session times)

  • Clovenstone Nursery: Thursdays, 30 August to 11 October 2018
  • Sighthill Nursery: Thursdays, 17 January to 28 February 2019
  • Canal View Nursery: Thursdays, 7 March to 2 May 2019


SCO Soundmoves. A collaborative, creative project for primary classes using music, movement and film making. 

  • Clovenstone Primary School: Thursdays, 1 November to 6 December 2018
  • Sighthill Primary School: Mondays, 5 November to 10 December 2018
  • Canal View Primary School: Thursdays, 16 May to 17 June 2019
  • Screening and live performance at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, 21 June 2019 (detailsto follow)

SCO at WHEC. Collaborative composition for secondary school pupils at Wester Hailes Education Centre. Next project runs 29 - 31 October 2018.


Music and Visuals workshops for adults took place at WHALE Arts during August and September 2018 and were led by double bassist and workshop leader Emma Smith and composer Suzanne Parry. The resulting work will be installed at WHALE Arts later this year. More information coming soon!

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We are proud to have children's television presenter Chris Jarvis as our Residency Champion. Chris will be visiting schools and community groups over the course of the residency.

We are grateful to our partners at WHALE Arts, Edinburgh College, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council and all participating schools for their help in delivering the residency programme.

Keep up to date with the Residency here on the website and on SCO social media.

To find out more about projects and performances in Wester Hailes, please contact Joanna Burns on 0131 478 8342 or joanna.burns@sco.org.uk.

It’s really something to be proud of. It’s an amazing piece of music and there was a lot of work put into it, and it makes me feel now that I can go onto other things and they’re not going to be as difficult and they’re going to be better.
WHEC Pupil, 2018