Masterworks takes students on a creative journey, uncovering hidden contexts and inspiring new works

Masterworks is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s flagship education project for upper secondary school pupils. It provides a unique opportunity for pupils to engage with the Orchestra and bring to life their learning relating to the Curriculum for Excellence. 

The Masterwork for 2016 was Gabriel Prokofiev’s vibrant Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra, which also features in the BBC Ten Pieces programme for secondary schools. During the piece, DJ Mr Switch plays alongside a traditional orchestra while scratching, sampling and manipulating the orchestral sounds. 

Masterworks allows pupils to experience the excitement of a live orchestra up close, and to hone their listening, performing, composing and improvising skills through experiential workshops led by SCO musicians. The concerts were presented by Rachel Leach ( and performed by the SCO with DJ Mr Switch.

You can find the BBC Ten Pieces teaching resources linked to the Concerto here.

For more information, please contact Atzi Muramatsu, Education Officer, by email or phone 0131 478 8353.

“I think the pupils gained a great deal of confidence – particularly the confidence to explore musical ideas with others. They enjoyed the input from professionals and get a great deal of satisfaction from performing their music. Very accomplished staff who were clearly very comfortable dealing with pupils – all delivered with good humour, a supportive atmosphere. Excellent. ”
Teacher, Masterworks 2015
Teacher's Resource Pack
Download the Teacher's Resource Pack designed to help music teachers prepare pupils for the Masterworks concert.
SCO Masterworks 2016 Teachers' Resource Pack - pdf - 2.76 MB