Masterworks 2019 | MacMillan Tryst

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Masterworks 2019 features Sir James MacMillan’s Tryst. The concert includes a full performance of the piece conducted by the composer, and a guided presentation by Rachel Leach exploring its themes and compositional techniques.

FREE Schools' Concerts, 1 - 2.15pm

Concerts are offered FREE to schools. Register your interest now! Click link below with preferred concert location.

Tuesday 17 September - Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Wednesday 18 September - Music Hall, Aberdeen

Thursday 19 September - Grand Hall, Kilmarnock

Teacher CPD: Creative Composition, 2 - 4pm

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Monday 2 September - St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

Tuesday 3 September - Northfield Academy, Aberdeen

Tuesday 3 September - Kilmarnock Academy, Kilmarnock

Participating schools are asked to commit to the CPD session ahead of the concert. Teachers who cannot attend the concert but want to bring the learning materials and resources back to their classrooms are also welcomed!

Online Resources

These resources include background to James MacMillan's compositional journey, his piece Tryst, and the poem that inspired it. There are number of videos for you to explore and a set of compositional tasks for use in the classroom.

You can explore the resources here.

"THE CONTENT WAS SUPERB, YOUR PRESENTER DOES A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING THE PACE AND INTEREST JUST RIGHT." MUSIC TEACHER, 2018

The project is designed for S4-S6 music students. We encourage teachers to adopt Masterworks as part of their music curriculum, and teaching resources linked to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher course requirements are made available online. We invite a small number of schools to take part in interactive creative compositon workshops led by expert Scottish Chamber Orchestra musicians.

"IMPRESSIVE, ENTERTAINING AND SPECTACULAR." STUDENT, 2017

Masterworks takes students on a creative journey, offering a fantastic opportunity for upper secondary school music students to experience the excitement of a live orchestra up close in concert, and to hone their listening, performing, composing and improvising skills through experiential workshops. The project is designed to open up new sound-worlds to young people, to encourage them to listen to a wider variety of genres, and to equip them with knowledge and musical tools to be more adventurous in their own compositions. 

"WELL THOUGHT OUT CURRICULAR LINKS. GREAT JOB AND ONE TO HIGHLY COMMEND!"  MUSIC TEACHER, 2018

If transport cost is a barrier to your school's participation, and for any other enquiries, email connect@sco.org.uk.

"THE PUPILS REALLY APPRECIATED BEING ABLE TO HEAR ‘INSIDE THE MUSIC’ AS IT WAS BROKEN DOWN THEN PERFORMED. IT RELATES DIRECTLY TO LISTENING AND UNDERSTANDING MUSIC BUT THEY COULD ALSO SEE THE COMPOSITIONAL TECHNIQUES THEY COULD APPLY TO THEIR OWN COMPOSITIONS."
Music Teacher, 2018