Wester Hailes Residency


SCO Connect in Wester Hailes

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra brings a brand new community residency programme to Wester Hailes! From October 2017 to summer 2020, local children, young people and adults will 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. A team of SCO musicians launched the programme in style with an SCO Family Day at WHALE Arts on Saturday 21 October, bringing whale-themed musical fun and our colourful Instrument Armoury to the heart of Wester Hailes!

WHALE family day 3

Our Projects

Dots & Lines
For nursery children. Join Dorothy Dot and Lily Line for crafts, music and movement - parents and carers welcome! Current project: Canal View Nursery: Mondays, 26 March to 18 June 2018

SCO Soundmoves
Creative workshops for primary classes, exploring music and movement. Current project: Canal View Primary School: Thursdays, 15 March to 10 May 2018

Collaborative composition for secondary school pupils at Wester Hailes Education Centre.

Adult Workshops
Music and Visuals project running from August to September 2018 concluding in an installation at WHALE Arts. To take part, please contact WHALE Arts on 0131 458 3267. More information about attending the installation coming soon!

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


Our Team

SCO Players - including Alison Mitchell (flute), William Stafford (clarinet), Aisling O'Dea (violin), Robert McFall (violin), Su-a Lee (cello) and Donald Gillan (cello)  - will be working alongside expert practitioners Matilda Brown (composer), Ana Almeida (early years movement specialist), Caroline McCluskey (early years music specialist) and Paul Griffiths (animateur and guitarist).

WHALE family day 2


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.

The music allows them to express themselves in a way they may not in the classroom. Those that are quiet in the classroom really came out their shells in the music and this was lovely to see.
Primary School Teacher, SCO Soundmoves, 2016