Creative Composition Workshops

Giving students the opportunity to create new music with leading contemporary composers

In Spring 2015, SCO led a creative composition project with Fife Secondary Schools featuring Candlebird by Martin Suckling. The project formed part of the SCO’s unique residency programme at the University of St Andrews and was led by Martin (SCO Associate Composer), Luke Crookes (workshop leader), with SCO musicians Su-a Lee (cello) and Matthew Hardy (percussion). Students from three secondary schools spent a weekend at the Younger Hall in St Andrews exploring Martin’s piece -  and the Don Paterson poems that inspired it - through listening, improvisation and discussion. The group developed their own ensemble piece in response, incorporating two of Don Paterson’s poems, and the resulting performance took place in the Younger Hall prior to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra concert at which Candlebird received its Scottish premier.

A very inspiring project that led to real creative freedom and an end result that was entirely owned by the students.
Teacher, Candlebird Creative Composition Workshop, 2015