Armistice Bells - Meditation: School Workshops

Schumann Cello Concerto

To mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, an innovative Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) commission by Scottish Composer Martin Suckling explores themes of celebration, loss, community identity and the legacy of war. As part of this commission, sound samples of church bells from across Scotland have been collected by local people to form a live electronic tapestry of sound which will surround the audience. Meditation (after Donne) will be premiered by the SCO in November 2018.

Young People's Workshops 20 October – 1 November 2018

Young people in Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow take part in dynamic group workshops designed to explore the themes and musical materials in Martin’s commission. Working with Martin Suckling, animateur Paul Griffiths and SCO musicians, participants will create their own versions of the piece using bell sounds, digital and acoustic instruments, and voices. 

Teaching resources can be downloaded here.

World Premiere Meditation (after Donne)

FREE to schools. Martin Suckling will give a pre-concert talk before each performance, showcasing participatory aspects of the project. 

Find out more about the concert and how to book here.

It wasn’t just adults teaching kids, it was an equal thing. I got to make my own stuff which doesn’t happen every day. Thank you.
Pupil, SCO school project led by Paul Griffiths, 2017
Meditation (after Donne) Teachers' Resource Pack
Explore Martin Suckling's new commission in the classroom
Meditation (after Donne) Resource Pack - pdf - 856 KB