Masterworks 2019 | MacMillan Tryst

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Masterworks 2019 featured Sir James MacMillan’s Tryst. The concert included a full performance of the piece conducted by the composer, and a guided presentation by Rachel Leach exploring its themes and compositional techniques. Over 1400 pupils and teachers attended Masterworks concerts in September 2019.

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.

"Fascinating, informative, and fun!" Pupil, 2019

The Masterworks 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.

"It was wonderful to have the presentation with the live examples and your presenter and musicians were outstanding." teacher, 2019

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

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