Rattray Primary School Residency

Rattray June 2017 performance

Embedding the Orchestra in the life and community of Rattray Primary School

From October 2015 to June 2017 the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was proud to be in residence at Rattray Primary School, Perthshire, visiting throughout each school term to work with pupils, teachers and families. Composer Matilda Brown and SCO musicians led regular class workshops and assemblies for the whole school. Our Dot & Lines team brought music, movement and art workshops to the nursery, and families and teachers came along to after-school workshops to take part in musical activities. Families were also invited to events for the wider community such as Big Ears, Little Ears and Stan and Mabel Family Concerts in Blairgowrie and Perth. 

During the second year of the Residency we worked with all 243 children in the school. During core classes, pupils worked in small groups to develop their instrumental skills and their understanding of composition. Each pupil was encouraged to find their own role, and each group created pieces of music that were personal to them. For some, this opportunity opened up new channels of communication and creativity. Children who struggle in other areas with opportunities were able to shine, and the collaborative process encouraged the development of transferable skills and qualities such as teamwork, patience and empathy.

To conclude the Residency, more than eighty pupils appeared in concert at Perth Concert Hall as guests of the Horsecross Youth Arts Festival. The programme featured music created and performed by the pupils with Matilda Brown (composer), William Stafford (clarinet), Robert McFall (violin), Brian Schiele (viola) and Phil Hague (percussion). Visual images created with the children were projected on screen by videographer Sandy Butler. We were delighted to be able to showcase the children’s work on the main stage with generous support from our partners at Horsecross, and to celebrate the success of the Residency with pupils, families, community workers, school staff, our Chairman and guests.


This project mattered and it really made a difference. I can't thank your team enough.
Evelyn Boxall, Head Teacher, 2017